Young Performers Theatre was founded in 1982 by Matilda Manning Kunin, in memory of her young son who died in an accident. Since then, YPT’s goal has been to make the magic of live theatre more accessible to all children, regardless of social or economic circumstances. In addition to seven mainstage performances each year and an ongoing Theatre Arts Academy, YPT offers a variety of outreach programs for disadvantaged children throughout the Bay Area.
Theatre in Education
Funded by the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, YPT’s Theatre In Education program sends early-education theatre specialists into schools without budgets for artistic curricula. Our TIE program enriches children’s development by encouraging creative problem-solving, teamwork, focus and respect for classmates. Storytelling games stimulate verbal development by encouraging children to create structured narratives with a clear beginning, middle and end. Pantomime and improvisation help children to better understand spatial orientation and empathy for other points of view. Because so many San Francisco schools are currently without arts programs of any kind, YPT’s Theatre In Education program provides crucial enrichment that will give children a leg up in school for years to come.
Children In Need
Through grants, donations and corporate funding, our active Children In Need Program has presented scholarships and free performances to underprivileged children and their families, including those living in homeless shelters, coping with HIV and AIDS, and those recovering from abuse. Countless children and their families have experienced their first live theatrical production at YPT.
Young Performers Theatre is always looking for
ways to expand our outreach programs for needy
children throughout the Bay Area.
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