Early Childhood Partnership Program

Hello and Welcome!

We are excited for you to join us in the 2014-2015 Season as part of our Early Childhood Partnership
Program (ECPP).

CTC created the Early Childhood Partnership Program to build lasting relationships with area learning centers, their directors and educators, and their families.

Learning Center Directors and Teachers will be seen as ambassadors for CTC. Spread the word to your fellow educators and families at the center.


  1. Book a field trip of 10+ to a Weekday Student Matinee at 10: 30 a.m. – tickets will only be $5 for the school year and $10 for the summer PLUS your center director will receive 4 complimentary tickets to a preview of the show you’ll be attend and an invite to an Educator Preview Night.
  2. Partner with CTC receive 10% off single tickets for all your families in your center.
  3. DO BOTH- Centers who have the most families attend will be eligible to have a teaching artist from CTC come and do workshops with each classroom in the center! (one winner will be chosen for each show)

This program is limited and will be first come, first served. Sign-up instructions will be sent out to interested centers in Fall 2014, and the program will kick off in mid- September. For questions please contact Nina Stultz, Student Matinee Coordinator at [email protected] or 612.872.5166.

As part of being in the program you receive one comp ticket (and EPN) to a preview week (Wednesday night) performance of The Biggest Little House in the Forest (Preschool), and Peter Pan the Musical.

What does a Wednesday Night Educator Preview Night Include?

(Please note this is a closed event and space will be limited, you can only attend the same show your Center will be attending as a group for a Weekday Student Matinee at 10:30 a.m.

Book into our preschool show, Biggest Little House in the Forest, and receive a post-show discussion with a look at CTC’s early childhood initiative, a time of Q&A, and additional classroom resources! Invitation to follow.

As part of the Early Childhood Partnership Program you will receive a code for your center allowing individual families to purchase tickets at 10% off.

Have a group of 10 or more? Organize a group of families from the center and receive 25% off each ticket! Take advantage of this for a weekday summer matinee or evening and weekend performances all season long. Contact our Group Sales Coordinator, Raegan, at 612.872.5319 or [email protected] to learn more!


“I had forgotten the magic of puppets until attended the training."
"It was the best training! Not boring and we could really use what we learned!"

-Debbie Lund, Baby’s Space


Tessa Flynn
Community Engagement Manager
(612) 872-5165
[email protected]


BALLOONACY Commissioned by CTC and created by Barry Kornhauser. Directed by Peter C. Brosius. On the Cargill Stage, March 25 – May 4, 2014.

Commissioned by CTC and adapted by Rosanna Staffa (U.S.) from the book by Djemma Bider. Directed by Peter C. Brosius. Featuring Autumn Ness with set and puppet design by Eric Van Wyk. WORLD PREMIERE.

Created by Nicola Lusuardi and Fabrizio Montecchi of Teatro Gioco Vita (Italy) and Dockteatern Tittut (Sweden). AMERICAN PREMIERE.

Commissioned by CTC and adapted by Christer Dahl, Artistic Director of Dockteatern Tittut (Sweden), based on the book by Sally Wittman. Directed by Christer Dahl. WORLD PREMIERE.

Based on Mem Fox and Judy Horacek’s book Where is the Green Sheep? Performed by Windmill Performing Arts (Australia).

Adapted from Sweden's beloved children's book Kattresan by Ivar Arosenius. Performed by Dockteatern Tittut (Sweden) and designed by Fabrizio Montecchi of Teatro Gioco Vita (Italy). AMERICAN PREMIERE.

Preschool Plays now available for licensing. Click Here to make a contribution to CTC’s Early Childhood programs.


CTC has initiated new programs for preschoolers in response to increased community-wide recognition of the importance of investing in early childhood development. Collaborating with artists in Europe and in the U.S., CTC is participating in an international artistic movement, further fueled by ongoing research and dialogue about the overlap between best practices in early childhood education and theatre for very young audiences.

In the Fall of 2004, CTC piloted our first theatre arts training class for three- to five-year-olds with six students. The following year, CTC presented a Swedish preschool production, “A Cat’s Journey”, on the newly built Cargill Stage. CTC’s class offerings have expanded greatly, and we have since collaborated with Italy’s Teatro Giocco Vita and Sweden’s Dockteatern Tittut, presented work by Australia’s Windmill Performing Arts, and commissioned world premieres from Dockteatern Tittut’s Christer Dahl and U.S. playwright Rosanna Staffa.

In 2007, The Children’s Theatre Company received funding from The Bush Foundation to support our early learners’ programs and to integrate theatre for the very young with research and strategies in early learning. In 2008 and 2009, CTC invited a select group of theatre artists, arts educators, and early childhood experts to a series of convenings held to explore approaches to early childhood development and their application to theatre.

To connect to our community’s needs, CTC founded an advisory board of local leaders in early childhood education to guide CTC in the development of its early childhood programs, especially as applied in a multicultural setting. In March 2009, a team of CTC staff and teaching artists began to develop and test a new early childhood curriculum, Early Bridges, in partnership with local preschools. With funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Thrivent Foundation, Early Bridges is delivering programs with fifteen child care and preschool partners serving low income children in the Twin Cities.

In 2010 and 2011, CTC continued to explore new performance models for preschool audiences with internationally known playwright, Barry Kornhauser, and performance artist, Ann Carlson, inspired to further CTC's dream of an early learners' theater movement on American soil. Each year, CTC's Theatre Arts Training (TAT) program offers new preschool classes and camps. With funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Thrivent Foundation for 2011 and 2012, CTC's Early Bridges program is expanding to partner with fifteen child care and preschool sites serving low income children in the Twin Cities.

CTC's Early Childhood Initiative receives ongoing input and assessment from the University of Minnesota's Center for Early Education and Development (CEED)

Wall Street Journal, “Serious Play Date”

American Theatre, “Baby Theatre Comes of Age”

City Pages ‘A Special Trade’ World Premiere

Children's Theatre's 'Biggest Little House in the Forest' perfects the art of child's play

Theatre for Young Audiences, “Theatre For Early Years”

Click Here to make a contribution to CTC’s Early Childhood Initiative.




This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


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