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Firefly Family Theatre strives to create unique theatre experiences that spark imagination for young audiences through interactive storytelling and music 


  • We believe every child can benefit from an early introduction to live theatre 

  • We believe in teaching empathy through the arts 

  • We believe in encouraging children to embrace their own creative endeavors 

Our shows

  • Promote literacy and storytelling 

  • Encourage curiosity and exploration 

  • Instill social emotional learning and a deeper understanding of self and others

  • Provide a sensory friendly and gentle experience for kids




Lauren received a BA in Theatre Arts from Illinois Wesleyan and her K-9 teaching license from National Louis University. She taught 2nd grade and 3rd grade at Ardmore Elementary School in Villa Park, IL. She currently works as a teaching artist and director in the Chicagoland area. Her professional performing experience includes shows at Metropolis Performing Arts Center, City Lit Theatre, Chicago Children's Theatre and Big Noise Theatre.



Cindy Hartigan received her MFA in Youth Theatre from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. While on Oahu, she developed a performance group known as the Power of Play (P.O.P.) Project, devising shows for children’s hospitals and promoting the therapeutic use of dance, art, and creative play in long-term care facilities. Cindy has also been a visiting artist at Our Sisters’ School (OSS) in New Bedford, MA for the last several years. At OSS, she guides the students as they devise and perform original productions about social issues in their community.

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