Youth Performance Company

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 3338 University Ave SE Minneapolis MN 55414 USA

Mission: Youth Performance Company fuels the creative spirit of young people by empowering and advancing young artists. Through direct programming that includes productions, classes, in-school residencies, community appearances, and a leadership development component, Youth Performance Company provides affordable and meaningful arts experiences for families, children, and teens.

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Rating: 5 stars  

youth performance company is a wonderful place. the children are truly amazing. everyone should go see all of their shows, their uplifting and great.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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18 people found this review helpful

YPC lets youth actually be apart of creating the youth performance aspect. Many youth companies will have programs and such FOR the youth, designed by adults, but with YPC the youth get actual input, YPC is a safe place for the kids there. It's such an intimate place, you don't usually see that in a professional setting.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Eger to help out with anything and everything

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach so many more people. Change the lives of so many more. Inspire.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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17 people found this review helpful

Being in a play at Youth Performance Company introduced me to a truly wonderful non-profit that I can honestly say changed my life. I was able to develop my skills in a welcoming environment with a caste of dedicated and talented young people. The founder and staff are supportive and talented directors who give us great instruction in our acting and also work very hard to organize not only the productions put on but a myriad of classes, workshops, and other programs related to the company. This a performance company that is dedicated to quality and creating a nurturing, family-like environment for young actors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many ways.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more resources to put less strain on the staff.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Everything.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Move from being based in the back of a church to a real theater; it could expand the staff so that they aren't so pressured, it could put on more productions a year so that more kids could get involved.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing could have made it better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money-related issues.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I discovered a passion for singing and acting at Youth Performance Company in a nurturing and family-like atmosphere where we were taught to work had and behave in a professional manner, and got to work with very talented local professionals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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14 people found this review helpful

I have always loved being on stage and escaping the boring day to day stuff, and Youth Performance company allowed me to do that. As a young women of color, I also felt a huge sense of pride and respect for YPC's yearly dedication to telling the stories of African Americans that are apart of history. When they tell the story it is not told in a "sugar and spice" manner, they get to the facts and deliver the message! YPC has blessed many youth whether they are acting,behind the stage or in the audience, simply amazing!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

it made me proud as not only a person but as a person of color!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

They are wonderful as is, I wish they had funding to do show's year round!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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16 people found this review helpful

Youth Performance Company is a wonderful place for young actors to grow, and thrive. It brings quality theatre to children from a variety of backgrounds. Frequently with social issues that other theatre companies in the area won't tackle because they don't want to do anything that might be considered "messy". They don't tackle the history of the Civil Rights Movement, The Holocaust, Slavery, etc. Youth Performance Company never shies away from history, when there is something to be learned and taught from it. I'm so grateful for the years that I spent as an actor there, and look forward to when my child is a little older, and will be able to really appreciate the quality theatre that is provided by this company.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach so many more people! They would be able to tour to more schools, and offer discounts to schools who want to come to them. They could open their own theatre space, and expand their season, and reach for teaching children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-3-01

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19 people found this review helpful

As a professional working in the field of vioelnce prevention, youth development is the foundation of much of the work we do. The Youth Performance Company embodies the heart of positive youth development - fostering self actualization and empowerment in the context of a safe, welcoming, and inspirational location that challenges and supports youth as they grow as people. As an alumni and former board memeber, it is with great joy that I am able to continue to support and work professionally with the Youth Performance Company!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as an alumni, board member, volunteer, and professional.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they teach accountability and the joy of pitching in and being part of something great!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, tallented, and dedicated!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

revolutionalize the use of theater as a social tool! And pay their staff!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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12 people found this review helpful

Youth Performance Company is a truly great nonprofit. I've never been involved with any other organization where I've received so much valuable guidance as a young person. I was fifteen when I did my first show there. I'm now twenty-one, and I don't know what my life would be like without YPC's involvement. I've had the opportunity not only to act in plays, but also to write, direct and stage manage various productions over the past six years - this has taught me countless things about theater, and also about myself as a person.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life. YPC has helped me figure out what I want out of life and the kind of person I want to be.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friends I've made, among both the other volunteers and the staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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13 people found this review helpful

Speaking as one of YPC's youth, I must say the warm and welcoming atmosphere they've created has truly made it a second family to me and many other kids like myself. I've seen and had friendships literally blossom there within minutes, and this excellent group dynamic has made for great shows and amazing off-stage experiences. I also applaud YPC for fostering both creativity AND responsibility in it's kids. Members of last year's Young Artists Council (a group of dedicated individuals invested in the present and future of YPC) have been faced with various challenges, from how to keep YPC active during the economic recession, to putting on a production (Mutant Squad) in the Fringe Festival, which by the way was written by two YAC members. Might I remind everyone that these are adolescents who are allowed a creative outlet through YPC, and simultaneously are given the responsibility of carrying the products of their creativity through into things like the Fringe Festival show. I know myself and others have been gifted with YPC, and my experiences there will not soon be forgotten. This is truly an excellent organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great sense of community between the staff and youth.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fund excellent shows: afford the rights to a wider range of shows, improve costumes, sets, find a larger venue, attract a wider audience, advertise and better fund original projects. And most importantly improve the lives of more youth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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14 people found this review helpful

Youth Performance Company has been nothing but a tremendous help in my life. From my first bit of involvement there—doing lights on weekends for a show in seventh grade—I have been changed. YPC provided me with a place to be myself and feel accepted, surrounded by people to whom I am vastly similar, while still praising and nurturing individuality and uniqueness.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spread the word about its efforts even further. While its recent projects have gained more and more attention, YPC still has so much more to offer, and needs so much help to make that happen. More advertising, more staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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12 people found this review helpful

At no other youth venue have I grown, not just as a performer, but as a person. Youth Performance Company fosters humility, courage, daring, bold-ness, modesty and skill without expecting a perfect caliber performance instantaneously, they teach while directing and unlike other performance companies, treat you like family.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

potentially become the best youth theatre company in the country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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