Backstory Youth Theatre recognizes the unique power of theater to hold space and give voice to diverse perspectives, experiences, and ideas. As we respond to the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement, we renew our commitment to ensuring that all peoples who step within our program will feel safe, protected, and heard; and will never feel discriminated against due to race, religion, gender, sex, sexuality, or any variety of self-identifying factors that allow us to be individuals. We are rooted in a mission to serve and enrich our community in a manner which seeks to understand, cultivate, and build upon the unique differences that each individual brings into the room. These include but are not limited to: 1) Reaching out and asking questions of our community about how best to serve their needs and overcome barriers to participation; 2) Recognizing missteps and proactively working to evolve and adapt; and 3) Actively acknowledging difference and modeling inclusive behavior to ensure all participants know they are seen, heard, and celebrated.
Please click here to read our action plan for practicing anti-racism and anti-discriminatory behaviors within our company.
FREE CLASSES ONLINE!
We are excited to offer FREE community workshop classes to get kids ages 0-18 up and moving, creating, and playing every week!
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3-session mini-classes for tweens and teens, covering Shakespeare, Accents, and Music Theory!
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Programs build skills, confidence, and creative collaboration! During this unprecedented time of stay at home orders, social distancing for safety, and rapidly changing information, we are revising our usual summer programming in order to deliver the high quality content we promise while remaining flexible to offer each class either online or in-person depending on state and local recommendations.
What have we heard from parents about our online programming?
"I wanted to let you know how wonderful Mr. Adams has been and how much fun our daughter had! We are so excited to have found Backstory and we sincerely hope we get to work with Mr. Adams again. We will definitely be back for more theater as soon as possible. Thank you both for all your hard work and creativity in the midst of this global pandemic. It has been a bright spot for her day, and that means the world to us."
"Thank you! This was the highlight of my daughter's day! "
"Ms. Felicia,I just wanted to let you know that my child adores you and loves your class on Thursdays at 1:30. She asks about it all week and I think she likes it even more than her dance class (which is a huge compliment!). I see that she is really expressing herself. Thanks for brightening her day!"
"Thank you for working so diligently, and putting so much thought and care to come up with an alternate performance option for this group! We really appreciate it."
Skill and performance based classes for ages 18mo-18yrs
Auditioned Youth Performances for fully-staged production
Grant-funded FREE programs in schools and community spaces
Teen leadership program, by application, ages 14-18