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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Performing Arts, Youth Development Programs

Mission: YMTC (Youth Musical Theater Company) is a non-profit, Berkeley-based company which produces professional caliber musical theater while providing exceptional theater training to students from the 7th grade through university level. We bring together the Bay Area’s most talented and dedicated young singer/actors with professional directors, designers, and musicians to create theater that takes on challenging and sophisticated musical and dramatic themes, and that is always accompanied by a full, live orchestra. From the time it incorporated as a non-profit in 2004, YMTC has grown into a year round production company, producing three fully mounted musicals as well as small scale workshop productions and training workshops throughout the year. Many YMTC graduates have gone on to study music and theater at some of the best conservatories in the United States and abroad; all of them, wherever they go, take with them confidence, empathy, responsibility, and the capacity to imagine. We passionately believe that when young people have opportunities to participate in exceptional training in the arts, they are becoming not only the next generation of artists and arts appreciators, but the next generation of engaged citizens: empowered to pay attention, communicate, and energetically participate in a collaborative process.

Programs: Musical theater productions. During 2013-14, ymtc mounted three full scale productions, involving about 40 students in each production either on or off stage, being trained by and working alongside 7 to 10 theater professionals. The productions were accompanied by between 6 and 30 professional live musicians. The productions spanned a rehearsal period ranging from 4 to 10 weeks each and were produced in a professional theater venue with a total of 18 performances for the public.

musical theater education workshops. Five separate workshops were offered during the year, each one training from 8 to 24 students. They were taught by professional teaching artists working in theater in the bay area. Enrollment was non-competitive and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students were taught skills in character development, improvisation techniques, vocal techniques, movement, musical theater literature, dance, audition skills, and good rehearsal practices. In addition, ymtc conducted a workshop, with 20 students, to assist in the development of a new musical, written by an award-winning composer and playwright.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6 Sonia D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I began acting in YMTC when I was 14 years old. Being a part of such a strong community that allowed me to express myself creatively while working with others to create something positive (a show!) completely changed my life. I had been acting since I was five years old, however, YMTC really gave me my sea legs as a performer. Jennifer always emphasizes the positive, while still expecting a high level from the youth performers. She thereby makes those participating feel confident in their skills and also raises the bar, helping the performers grow together. I believe that people, especially youth, will rise to the bar that is set for them. In public schools often expectations are set low. Having a chance to be challenged in high school, and to feel like what I loved to do (theatre) was important, changed my life. I am now 22 years old. I just graduated from Boston University with B.F.A in Theatre Arts-Performance. I recently moved back to the Bay Area. I just finished an internship with Berkeley Rep and I am about to be in a dance theatre piece that will be at the San Francisco Fringe festival. I feel lucky to be making theatre in the world! Who knows what this next year will bring, but I feel confident that I have the tools to meet whatever challenges come, and I know that I have the passion and belief in theatre to continue performing. I believe that this all started in a large part with YMTC. During one summer break while I was in school, Jennifer let me be a directing intern for Les Miserables, as well as co-teach some YMTC youth summer workshops. I believe that this inviting of alumni back into the community to be teachers and inspire youth in the way that we were inspired, is yet another amazing and valuable thing that YMTC does. YMTC is incredibly important, now more than ever, because it teaches children that art is fun, vital, and powerful. YMTC teaches positive communication, collaboration, listening, and of course practical techniques of acting, singing, and dancing. But most of all, YMTC gives young performers confidence and an outlet for creative fun, and for that I, and many others I know, will be forever grateful.

Susan110

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a professional show! I was so impressed with the high level of talent, energy, dedication of the cast. The Jet boys, especially, blew me away. They all did, really. To be able to dance, act and sing so flawlessly is quite an accomplishment for kids ranging in age from middle-schoolers through college. Bravo to the cast and crew of West Side Story!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I recently saw a performance of West Side Story put on by YMTC. My friend and I enjoyed it immensely. It was very professional all around. We did not know of this group and will purchase tickets for their next wonderful show!

Julie69

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think this company produces STELLAR productions. Unfortunately due to the state of the lack of funds for the arts in general, it does cost a lot to be in the production, however they do offer scholarships and do not cast based on ability to pay. I've met the directors and know some company members and roles are strictly based on talent and suitability for the role. They work very hard and as I said the show are top notch. Keeping the arts alive and thriving is important!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first contact with YMTC was a December 2010/Jan 2011 a few days after returning from a 12-day trip to London where I saw 18+ West End theatre productions including many musicals such as Mama Mia (yes, some days, I went to two or more!). So, the bar was set pretty high when I attened my first YMTC show which was Parade. It was a masterful production set in the South of the early 20th Century. As a psycholinguist, I was astounded at the authenticity of the English dialect of these youthful performers. My astonishment at their language performance was matched by my astonishment at the performers acting abilities and singing abilities (the orchestra was 1st-rate as well). These youthful performers were every bit as compelling as artists on stage as the global megastars that I'd just seen in London! It was an extraordinary evening for me and I've been to most of YMTC's performances since. All have been singularly outstanding. I should say that none of this would be possible without the single-minded, one-pointed, dedication of YMTC's passionate director, Jennifer Boesing. Her unwavering committment to getting only the best possible from each of her talented cast members in terms of acting and voice is laudable. She is the great unsung heroine in this marvellous company. She gives life and a future to her kids in the unique way that only she can. My hat is off to her EVERY time I witness one of her many achievements. West Side Story -- a couple of weeks ago --- was so extradorinary that the performers brought tears to these jade eyes and cheeks of mine -- not once but on several occasions (-: Long may YMTC maintain such standards of excellence!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have only been to two YMTC productions, but I have a lot of experience with theater both as a performer and patron. I was hugely impressed with the levels of professionalism and maturity I saw in these young actors. The material they tackled was on the challenging end of the spectrum, and their work was on a par with many adult troupes I have seen. My now eleven year-old daughter was with me at both shows, and left feeling very inspired, and has since become involved in theater in her school. That perhaps speaks the most to the success of this program.

Christa3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love musical theatre and have kids who love performing, so we've gone to several of YMTC's shows. I am always impressed with the hard work and talent of the performers- it's hard to believe they are so young! And the supporting staff and volunteers who create the costumes, live music, props and beautiful set designs are simply amazing! This is an incredible resource in our community- go YMTC!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm not just a "general member of the public", I am grandmother to an up and coming musical theater star who is getting the best start I can imagine through YMTC. She's gone from the new "youngest" kid in the chorus to featured roles - singing, dancing, acting and, learning professional skills. And most of all she is experiencing the give and take, the camaraderie and the team work it takes to put on a first-class theatrical production. I was absolutely blown away by the quality of YMTC performances and would see them and recommend them even if my granddaughter wasn't participating. The YMTC community reaches out to include and grow its audience base. What a fine resource for our community!

1 June K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As someone who grew up going to Broadway shows in NYC, my standards for quality musical theater are high. Living in the SF Bay Area, I go to a lot of community theater and I have to say YMTC is by far the best I've seen in a long time. I have never been disappointed in a production in the 4 or so years I've been a "fan". It's a treat to watch some of the same kids grow and be absolutely convincing and spectacular from character to character in the different shows. Jennifer Boesing and Dave Moschler are STELLAR in their artistic and musical direction. I think that many people think "kids...can't be THAT great"....maybe these people didn't see YMTC's production of RAGTIME a few months ago. I forgot I was watching "kids"...I was so drawn into the finely acted and performed story. And West Side Story..... OMG!!! What can I say???? BETTER then Broadway!! Having teens play teens was a no brainer. It's now weeks later and the show is still in my head. This company deserves all the credit and kudos they can possibly get. This is a group of hard working and dedicated producers/directors and even harder working and committed kids.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw YMTC's production of West Side Story this weekend and was awed by the quality of the performance. The teens were excellent singers and dancers, especially all those in lead roles. For years we have been seeing the play performed by adults and what a treat to see it performed by teens playing the roles of teens. I have seen other YMTC productions in the past, although not for several years and I can't wait to go back to see them again.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Watched one of the YMTC's West Side Story performances. It's been spectacular! The singing, acting and dancing of the lead actors (Tony, Riff, Maria, Bernardo, and of course the dazzling Anita) showed superb talent as well as professionalism and attention to detail. The music score and the interplay between the cast and the live orchestra were flawless. It is remarkable to see such a polished production being carried out (mostly) by high school students. My gratitude goes to the YMTC staff and volunteers for making this possible. Thank you all!