Jacqueline Russell

Co-Founder at Chicago Children's Theatre

Jacqueline Russell

Jacqueline Russell

Co-Founder at Chicago Children's Theatre

Biography

Jacqueline Russell, over the past five years at Chicago Children’s Theatre, has worked as a curator, writer, and director. She has selected the work and organized each of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s five seasons, assembling creative teams and serving as an artistic advisor on every one of the company’s plays. She has also commissioned four new works, including the hit musical The Hundred Dresses, featuring music by Grammy-nominated recording artist Ralph Covert. As a writer and director, she has spearheaded the development of each of the company’s plays for children with autism: Red Kite /Blue Moon and Red Kite Round Up. In 2008, She directed the critically-acclaimed If All the World Were Paper and is soon to write and direct the world premiere of Red Kite Round Up.Prior to founding Chicago Children’s Theatre in 2005, Russell was the executive director of Lookingglass Theatre Company, during which time she led the company’s build and move into their performance space in the Water Tower Water Works. During her tenure at Lookingglass, she also served as director of education and outreach. Before joining the Lookingglass staff, she spent five years working as director of children’s programming at the Old Town School of Folk Music where she was responsible for designing several popular programs like the Old Town Summer Camps, Musical Theatre Workshop and The Kemper Kids’ Concert Series.For 14 years, Jacqueline has worked as an artist in residence at Agassiz Elementary School teaching drama to two autism-specific classrooms through CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education). Her decade-long commitment to students on the autism spectrum and the special educators at Agassiz School resulted in a comprehensive theatre curriculum and approach for working with children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Her work led her to create The Red Kite Project at Chicago Children’s Theatre, which includes Camp Red Kite and Red Kite productions, including writing and directing the smash hit Red Kite Round Up. Russell now leads professional development workshops for educators and artists, continues to works in classrooms with students with ASD, and also gives lectures and demonstrations for medical specialists, parents, and educators. Her work in the classroom has been duplicated around the city of Chicago and has recently begun to cross borders and into classrooms and theatres in Canada and beyond. This year Jacqueline was appointed by the U.S. State Department to serve as a Cultural Envoy to Canada where she wrote and directed Red Kite/Blue Sky for children on the autism spectrum in Ontario.Russell holds a BFA from New York University, and resides in Chicago with her daughter Shiri.

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Lookingglass Theatre Co.
Chicago Children's Theatre

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Co-Founder at Chicago Children's Theatre
Education
BFA

Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities. From a student body of 158 during NYU's very first semester, enrollment has grown to more than 40,000 students attending 18 schools and colleges at five major centers in Manhattan and in sites in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Today, students come from every state in the union and from 133 foreign countries. The faculty, which initially consisted of fourteen professors and lecturers (among them artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse), now totals over 3,100 full-time members whose research and teaching encompasses the humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences; the law; medicine; business; education; the fine arts, studio art, and the performing and cinematic arts; music; social work; public administration; the ancient world; and continuing and professional studies. With more than 2,500 courses offered, the University awards more than 25 different degrees. Although overall the University is large, the individuals schools and colleges are small- to moderate-sized units—each with its own traditions, programs, and faculty – and there are many communities to be found within the NYU community based on interests, activities, and shared experiences. The center of NYU is its Washington Square campus in the heart of Greenwich Village. One of the city's most creative and energetic communities, the Village is a historic neighborhood that has attracted generations of writers, musicians, artists, and intellectuals. NYU, in keeping with its founder’s vision, is “in and of the city”: the University – which has no walls and no gates – is deeply intertwined with New York City, drawing inspiration from its vitality. In addition to its Manhattan locations, the University is also formally affiliated the Polytechnic Institute of NYU in Brooklyn, the second oldest school of engineering and technology in the country, and has research facilities, notably the Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Sterling Forest, near Tuxedo, New York. And NYU has established itself as the first global network university, with a comprehensive liberal arts campus in Abu Dhabi – the first to be operated abroad by a major U.S. research university – and other sites for study and research in Accra, Ghana; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Prague, the Czech Republic; Shanghai, China; and Tel Aviv, Israel, among other locations.

Career History
Co-Founder
2005 - Current

The vision of Chicago Children’s Theatre is to be Chicago’s premier professional theatre company dedicated to creating awe- inspiring theatrical productions and programs for our communities through inclusion and accessibility inspiring young people and families to lead lives of adventure, courage, and curiosity.

Executive Director
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PRESENTATION OF LIVE THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS, EDUCATION, TEACHING, COMMUNITY, & OUTREACH PROGRAMS.

Director of Children's Programming
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Teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities.

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