Jun. 12, 2012 at 2:55am
Tacoma'a NEW ALL-YOUTH Theatre Comapny!
Scott Campbell (formerly of Tacoma Little Theatre and Lakewood Playhouse) and Maggie Knott (formerly of Lakewood Playhouse) have teamed up to create Tacoma Youth Theatre -- Tacoma’s only all-youth theatre. The company will take up residence in the historic First Congregational Church near Wright Park.
Tacoma, WA , June 8, 2012 – Tacoma has a new youth theatre company and the historic First Congregational Church has a new tenant. Longtime local theatre artists Scott Campbell and Maggie Knott have joined forces to launch Tacoma’s only all-youth theatre company. Knott will serve as Artistic Director and Campbell as Managing Director.
Tacoma Youth Theatre is a departure for start-up theatres in Tacoma with its focus entirely on youth. Initially, the company will offer summer theatre camps at the historic First Congregational Church near Tacoma’s Wright Park. Future plans for the company include mounting a full season of plays – created entirely by young theatre artists.
“The ultimate vision,” says Knott, “is to create a fully-functioning, year-round theatre company completely driven by youth. Young people will be acting, designing, constructing, painting, costuming and eventually directing and writing.”
First Congregational Church, which recently announced their building was up for sale, has a long history of supporting and presenting performing arts. Tacoma Youth Theatre will share residency of a 70 seat black box theatre in the churches school building with Dukesbay Productions of Tacoma through the end of the summer – and hopefully beyond.
“First Congregational Church is a great partner for small performing arts organizations,” explains Campbell. “I can think of no better way of helping to save this historic church than infusing it with children and art.”
The winner of two Emmy Awards, Campbell has worked as a writer, television producer, media consultant, and communications director. A talented theatre director, actor, and designer, Campbell’s artistry has met with high praise from audiences and critics for over a decade. Campbell previously served as the Associate Managing Artistic Director of Lakewood Playhouse and as the Managing Artistic Director of Tacoma Little Theatre.
According to Knott, “There will be a huge emphasis on quality - in both process and product. We have professional standards and know better than to underestimate the talent and capabilities of young people.”
Knott established, taught, and administered the highly successful youth theatre program at Lakewood Playhouse from 1999 until earlier this year. She has directed over 100 productions involving young people ages 5-18. Knott has been continuously teaching and directing young people in the south sound area for over 20 years at Metro Parks Tacoma, Let’s Pretend Circus, North End Children’s Theatre, Tacoma Little Theatre, Lakewood Playhouse, Tacoma Public Schools, Clover Park Schools, Peninsula District Schools, Puyallup District Schools, Temple Beth El, and Saint Patrick’s School.
Tacoma Youth Theatre offers a full summer slate of theatre camps for young people ages 5 to 18. Enrollment for summer camps and productions begins June 13, 2012.
About Tacoma Youth Theatre:
Tacoma Youth Theatre is dedicated to creating high-quality theatre entirely produced by young artists. The company strives to build community by emphasizing core values of self-esteem, empathy, responsibility, collaboration, creativity, and adaptability. Tacoma Youth Theatre provides professional expectations, resources, and mentors that lead young people through the exploration of multiple theatrical disciplines. This process works best in a nurturing, respectful atmosphere where unique individuals, ages 5-18, can discover the impact, success, and joy of theatre for themselves. Tacoma Youth Theatre offers partial and full tuition scholarships to qualified young artists enrolled in audition-based programs.
Scott Campbell, Managing Director
Cell Phone: 253-318-5500