TimeLine Theatre presents plays inspired by history that connect to today’s social and political issues. Its productions address issues that dovetail with content and curriculum within Chicago Public Schools (CPS) history classes. TimeLine works with high school students through its Living History program by engaging them in acting and writing exercises related to TimeLine's productions. This work deepens the impact of the students’ class curriculum by generating greater interest in the study of history and language arts, while encouraging students to learn about the performing arts.
Four teaching artists work with eight CPS high school history teachers in five high schools in the communities of Little Village, North Lawndale, Albany Park, Logan Square, Kenwood and Roscoe Village. In 2010-2011, Timeline’s Living History program will serve 57% more students than the previous school year.