Mission: Develop the whole child by using educational theatre programs and full staged productions to build self esteem, confidence, and a sense of community while celebrating diversity in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere.
Programs: The residencies and community education program provides artistic theatre residencies at schools and community sites, enabling the theatre to broaden the reach of its programs to children and youth who are not otherwise able to participate and to work with teachers and administrators to bring the benefits and the creative power of theatre to classrooms statewide. Also it brings together professional theatre artists, prevention specialsts, and at-risk youth in residency formats to raise awareness of violence and related issues, and to encourage youth to utilize their own potential to be a part of the solution.
the education program provides fun, confidence-building and educational theatre classes and summer day camps to children and youth across the metropolitan area and neighboring counties. This program includes classes provided to numerous community education and after-school programs.
the mainstage program gives twin cities youth the opportunity to act in plays created with age-appropriate roles especially for young people, and the chance to work with professional directors and theatre artists to present high-quality works of theatre.
SteppingStone Theatre is a great place for young people to explore theatre in their lives and to see how it helps them build confidence and become strong, thoughtful individuals. Both the education programs and the productions are well organized and focus on process, yet they yield stellar products. As a teaching artist who contracts with SteppingStone regularly, I am treated respectfully and fully welcomed into the SteppingStone community. The staff there is always willing to have conversations on how to improve the programs there and offer great, constructive feedback for future programs. SteppingStone is a wonderful resource for the St. Paul Community!