Our vision is two-fold. First, our program is aimed at increasing literacy, writing skills, team building/communication skills, self-expression, and friendship through theatre. We believe our youth participants can engage their “theatre brain” as a way to gain much needed confidence that can often be lacking in adolescence. In addition, we believe we can use theater as a way to teach empathy. Learning empathy through theatre is essential to fostering self-awareness in young people. Empathy deepens understanding of text, allowing the young performer to connect to and internalize the emotional life of a character.
The second part of our vision is that we believe it is extremely valuable and important to expose participants the university experience as early as possible, especially at one that offers diverse academic programs, in-state tuition, and state of the art facilities. No teenager should feel their options for higher education are limited.