About The Illusion Factory
In 1991, in Akron, Ohio, Barbara Ballance, with eighteen years’ experience in children’s theater (beginning in 1973 with creation of the Akron Children’s Theatre), and guided by her vision of quality theater for children, created The Illusion Factory. Formed specifically as a touring company, designed to bring the best of theater directly into the area’s schools, The Illusion Factory continues to successfully meet its stated mission:
To inspire children’s creativity through touring excellent theater performances and residency workshops to as many school children as possible throughout the state of Ohio, as well as to conduct children's theater classes and a Summer Theater Camp.
Through performances, residency days, and theater school classes, The Illusion Factory reaches over 50,000 children each year. We are proud to be a part of the Ohio school arts curriculum, providing theater arts experiences for all of the state’s large and diverse student population – rural and urban schools, public and private institutions, as well as minority and disabled students.