As an organization that believes in the power of live theatre to enrich the lives of children, families and communities, we embrace these core values:
- ENSEMBLE – We program, cast, and rehearse with the idea that all of our performers equally contribute to a successful show, no matter how “large” their role or how many lines they have. We believe in assigning students multiple roles, and in challenging them to embrace both lead and supporting roles. We nurture a supportive, collaborative art-making process – not a competitive one.
- STUDENTS AS ARTISTS – Whatever their age and ability level, our students are treated as artists. Their input is valued, and they are encouraged to be part of shaping the final product. We look for fresh, innovative, outside-the-box ways to tell familiar stories.
- CHALLENGE & SUPPORT – We believe that the performing arts – and theatre in particular – help students grow as artists and as people. Our program offers individualized attention, goal-setting, and just the right balance of challenge and support.
- PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT – We believe parental involvement makes our programs better. We will ask for help with various tasks related to mounting the best show possible. We are building a cohort of young performers, and a larger community of theatre-lovers that involves the performers’ family members.
- ACCESS – We are committed to offering access to our education programs and shows through need-based financial aid, outreach programs, and pay-what-you-can ticket opportunities.
In order to make sure our values come through in every aspect of our program, we hire great Teaching Artists who also happen to be phenomenal at their craft – not great directors/designers who happen to teach “on the side.”
The teaching philosophy of our Director of Education is based on the “Challenge & Support” model of student development: According to Jerry, “Meaningful student growth happens when students are given artistic, personal, and academic challenges and provided a proportional amount of support – skills, knowledge, motivation, encouragement – to meet those challenges.” Read what parents and colleagues say about Jerry’s approach to teaching and directing.