youth performance company is a wonderful place. the children are truly amazing. everyone should go see all of their shows, their uplifting and great.
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.
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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Youth Performance Company is the best theater in Minnesota for youth to grow and develop their skills. I would recommend to all young actors.
This place changed my life. There's not much more need to elaborate. They inspired me to do what I love, and to excel at everything I try. I have no idea where I'd be right now without YPC, but I'm sure it'd be a much darker place, with symbolism and stuff.