Youth Ambassadors

Youth Ambassadors

The application period for the 2022 cohort has closed. If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Ambassadors program, contact Connor McEvoy at education@parksquaretheatre.org.

Open to young people going into grades 10 – 12

Mission:  To support young people as they grow into leaders in the future of theatre through professional mentorship, shared learning experiences, and exploration of a multiplicity of stories and viewpoints in American theatre.

What to Expect: Learn & grow together in a cohort of peers who are committed to theatre as a form of exploration and challenging our preconceived notions. Your cohort will converge monthly to watch, critique, and discuss performances; and participate in on-your-feet theatre workshops led by professional artists.

Theatre Ambassadors outside Park Square Theatre in 2018.

What’s new this year?

  • Ongoing workshops and mentorship from four professional artists who make up Park Square’s Artistic Associates: Actor Ansa Akyea, Director Ellen Fenster, Director and Visionary Rick Shiomi, and Broadway Producer Kim Vasquez (link to bios).
  • Mentorship time in small groups to focus on your individual areas of interest and/or goals in the arts, led by Artistic Associates and Education staff.
  • You can build the Youth Ambassadors program you want to see! The Education team will seek feedback and discussion from the cohort around their goals and ideas for what a youth leadership program should look like.
  • Pay-as-you’re-able program fees.

A typical monthly gathering will look like this…

A complete schedule will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

4:00-4:30pm
Pre-show Discussion —
A closer look at the script or discuss a specific moment in the upcoming show.

4:30-5:50pm
Theatre workshop
with a guest artist focusing on acting, movement, voice or character work.

6:00-6:30pm
Designer Q & A — Spend time asking questions and hearing from a resident production designer in lighting, costumes, props or set design.

6:30-7:15pm
Dinner with Artistic Staff —
Eat in community and discuss the upcoming production with a member of the artistic staff (director or PST Artistic Leadership team) to hear about the process from show selection to opening night!

7:30-10:00 pm
See a Production! 
Attend a free performance of a mainstage production from Park Square or SteppingStone Theatre.

10:00-11:00 pm
Post-Show Discussion —
Snacks and discussion with the Youth Ambassadors cohort about the production you just saw.

Special Ambassador Events

A couple of meetings will be curated especially for our Youth Ambassadors, including:

Career day: Theatre artists are invited for a day of Q&A with the Youth Ambassadors. You get to select the areas of theatre you’re most excited about and we find the  guest experts!

Bring a Friend Day: Invite friends to learn more about the Youth Ambassador program. You will be the hosts and curators of this event to share your experiences throughout the year as a Youth Ambassador and select workshops to share with new recruits.

What commitments are required of you?

  • Show up! As a member of the cohort, you are expected to attend 8 events: 6 monthly meetings and 2 special event days.
  • Reflect, read, and occasionally write! Some outside work may be required in this program. To grow as a cohort, you’ll read scripts, write reviews, and talk together about your goals.
  • Share your experience! Invite 3-5 friends to join the group for bring-a-friend day to share your learnings and get the cohort excited for next year.

Equity & Inclusion Statement

We are committed to access and inclusion for all people. Our programs stand firmly in opposition to racism and we challenge our young artists, staff, and Board of Directors to foster inclusion and to seek equity for all, including Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQAI+, economically disadvantaged, all religions, veterans, active military, and those with accessibility needs. We work with families to meet students’ needs be it social, academic, developmental, or physical. SteppingStone respects students’ gender expression and provides access to gender-neutral facilities.

How do I apply?

Apply through our online application. Applications are due May 30, 2021.

In addition to an online application, you are required to submit a letter of support from an adult who knows you and your goals (teacher, director, coach, leader, etc.). You can find the link for the recommendation here or download a PDF version here.

If you are selected for an interview, you will chat by Zoom or phone with Park Square Education staff in a 30 minute interview. It will be our chance to get to know you better and you’ll get to ask questions about the program.

Program Fees

The Youth Ambassadors program is Pay As You’re Able. The full registration fee represents the amount that it costs us to bring this program to you and we ask that you pay what your family can afford. For your family, Pay As You’re Able may mean covering your fees and someone else’s. It could also mean paying half or some of the fee.

Please direct any questions to Connor McEvoy, Education Program Manager for Park Square Theatre at education@parksquaretheatre.org or Megan Flød Johnson, Interim Director of Education for Park Square & SteppingStone Theatre at education@steppingstonetheatre.org.

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