The mission of Theatreworks USA is to create, produce, and provide access to professional theatre for young and family audiences nationwide, including disadvantaged youth and under-served communities. Since our founding in 1961, we have presented more than 96.5 million children and their families with opportunities to enjoy our theatrical productions in 49 states and Canada.
Each season, 1.5 million children, many of whom have no other access to the performing arts, attend our original productions in venues as varied as local elementary school gymnasiums, regional fine arts centers, and major Broadway-sized theatres. Theatreworks USA tours approximately 16 shows each season from our repertoire of 137 plays and musicals. In addition, Theatreworks USA has an extensive multi-cultural roster of guest artists, including storytellers, puppeteers, poets, and magicians. The overarching goals of Theatreworks' programs are to:
- Create literary - and historically - based shows that stimulate reading and discussion on the cultural, historical, and/or social issues and themes represented in each show.
- Foster and nurture the wealth of talent that exists in young writers.
- Encourage young people to tap into their own reservoirs of creativity and talent.
- Present role models and encourage positive values through the shows' content.
Enhance the theatre experience which children share with their friends and classmates, teachers, and families. Develop a life-long appreciation for the arts.
Build the audiences of the future. (Biography dated 02/09/2018 )