About FieldCrest

SINCE 1977 FieldCrest has been known as the premiere studio of the performance world and is widely referred to as “the place where it all happens” while remaining notably grounded, welcoming and dedicated to the highest level of service and instruction.

Walk down the photograph-covered hallway and most everyone you talk to; artist-in-residence, students and choreographers says that although it is exciting to be here;” it also feels like home” and “my roots are here”.

It is widely known that FIELDCREST has a passion for supporting young talent as they develop.

“When life gets me down,
I just go to FIELDCREST and feel inspired”

Established in 1977, FIELDCREST is a cultural enrichment and performing arts school comprised of 9 highly trained artist-in-residences. The school offers classes in dance, acting, creative writing, modeling and etiquette.

FIELDCREST provides beginners through advance, the opportunity to study with industry professionals and benefit from a pool of extensive knowledge in the performance world.

In 1999, FIELDCREST became one of the first performing arts groups to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and in 2007 was the recipient of the Disney Award for exceptional performances at Walt Disney World in Florida. In 2008 Carnival Cruise lines invited students to perform for “Festivals at Sea” on board the M.S. Fascination to the Bahamas

FIELDCREST, located in the downtown Park Forest theater district maintains 2 fully equipped studios, serving classes, rehearsal, casting and auditioning needs. In this way, students are inspired by sharing space with returning professionals. The pros enjoy the sweet inspiration of the up and coming talent!

FIELDCREST provides rental space to all artists and choreographers for rehearsals, intimate performances, and art expositions.


To establish and maintain a cultural enrichment and performing arts school in Chicago’s South Suburbs; to finance, direct and produce productions that will enhance, strengthen and support the children of communities served

To create and develop new and enriching productions; and to offer children an understanding of the value of their existence by using fine arts to provide a cultural education.

In fulfilling our mission we seek to enrich the world community through the following program areas:

  1. The Arts
  2. Service to Youth
  3. Service to Community


Donna Davenport is dedicated to maintaining an uplifting, supportive and motivating environment in which to experience the joyous and transformational magic that is performance. For over thirty-five years, Donna Davenport has devoted her time and energy to educating children through the fine arts. In 1977, Ms. Davenport founded FieldCrest School of Performing Arts. Class offerings were limited and total student enrollment was ten.

By 2015, hundreds of students have enrolled in a wide variety of classes including dance, etiquette, modeling, acting, and creative writing 

Possessing a B.A. in Education, Ms. Davenport has remained active with a variety of organizations including the Illinois Arts Council, Southland Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Arts Alliance, and the Arts and Business Council. Ms. Davenport is also the founder of "The Children Dance Theater Chicago".

Donna Davenport/Career Accomplishments:

  • Member in the national register “Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals"
  • Appointed a Board Panelist; Illinois Arts Council by Lois Weisberg; Commissioner I.A.C.
  • Founder – Children’s Dance Theater Chicago
  • Founder – Southland Scholarship Foundation
  • Founder – Southland’s Men of Tomorrow Mentoring Program
  • Former students who have continued a career in the fine arts:
                                                                                    LaJoyce Hunter-Brookshire / Author “Soul Food”
                                                                                    Gordette Brent / Artistic director / Studio One Conservatory
                                                                                    Dana Powell / Publisher / Brides Noir Magazine

FIELDCREST Affiliations:

  • The Children’s Dance Theater Chicago
    A non-profit performing arts company / www.CDTChicago.org. Established in 1993 CDTC provides free performances to the community served. It’s objective is to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Over the years CDTC has partnered with The Children’s Museum, Lucent Technologies, Bank One and the Chicago Historical Society.
  • The Southland Scholarship Foundation
    In September 2000, FIELDCREST established the Southland Scholarship Foundation. Its main purpose is to assist youth by providing scholarships to deserving high school seniors who are pursuing degrees in the fine arts. Since the year 2000 Southland has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to students from Rich Central HS, Homewood Flossmoor HS, Rich South HS, and many more.
  • Southland’s Men of Tomorrow Mentoring Program
    Established in 2012, and born in the immediate aftermath of the recession, and social concerns, this mentoring program is a necessity compelled to respond to its community environment and its high sense of purpose.