Our mission and core values guide every decision made at STAGES, every day.  At STAGES Youth Theater, we believe creativity is inherent in children of all ages and that participation in the performing arts unlocks the imagination, builds self-esteem, and provides a meaningful opportunity for young people to learn about themselves and the world around them.

The STAGES Mission:
To unlock self-discovery in young people through the transformative power of theater.

The STAGES Core Values:
To nurture artists and creativity in all forms
To treat everyone with respect & kindness and be open to new experiences
To practice innovation and risk taking
To recognize and celebrate the inherent uniqueness within each person

Our educational approach is centered on meeting each young person exactly where they’re at
. All productions, classes and other programs are registered on a first-come, first-served basis, with no previous performance experience required. STAGES is a nurturing and safe environment in which kids can explore their creativity without fear of judgment or ridicule. 

Our philosophy has always been that happy kids make great theater.

If you have any questions about our mission & values and how they influence our work in rehearsal and in the classroom, do not hesitate to contact us any time!

“Theater/STAGES was a critical part of my children’s development. Educators talk of the importance of sports and ‘teamwork.’ My non-athletic kids learned that through theater. They both appreciate the importance of expression through the arts….they are better people for it!”

Liz Freeman, STAGES Parent

“Being able to think outside of the box and put yourself out there, especially as a child, teaches you how to be a confident, well-rounded person. I know I don’t know where I would be without youth theater.”

Eliza Skidgel, STAGES Alum & Employee