Delving into Joy

In 2014, I had my mind set on creating a micro musical for our city's Big SB150. I wanted South Bend's youngest artists to play a part in telling our historical story. It occurred to me that aging our founders down might be an interesting perspective (ie: Clem Studebacker as a 10 year old). With …

Loose Parts in the Theatre World

I recently participated in a professional development for early childhood professionals and the focus was Loose Parts: open ended natural materials that children create with. A 2016 study from The International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education found that building an environment full of open ended natural materials cultivates problem solving, ingenuity and flexible thinking …

Charlotte’s Lyrics: Thoughts on collaborating with kids

I have to listen to them closely. I have to inherently trust the power of the creative process and be comfortable letting go of my grown up perspective of "success".  When I am guiding them, I must abandon my detailed agenda, and my dualistic thinking. I must truly SEE them with open eyes, so sharp that their individual sparks are not missed. And …

Watcha Waitin’ For?!

Registration has been open one week and already our 2017 Musical Theatre Camp is half full! I'm excited and so thankful that kids (and parents) continue to choose Youth on Stage for their immersion into the world of creating. This camp is unique because this year, we are blending our traditional Pioneer Camp with our …