Friday, September 27, 2013

Today marks the end of week one of our Indiegogo Crowd-funding campaign! We have raised $705 with the help of 15 funders! Thank you to these awesome individuals!!!

What's even better is that 422 people have liked this Indiegogo campaign via Facebook. Keep it up, friends! The more likes, shares, tweets, and complete Youtube video views we get, the more likely Indiegogo is to feature us on their home page. This will give us HUGE exposure. And exposure leads to dollars!

This weekend Maggie, Scott, and I will be at the space at 924 Broadway, cleaning, painting, and doing some light construction. Volunteers are welcome to join us between 10am and 5pm on Saturday 9/28 and Sunday 9/29. We are planning on taking tons of pictures to share our progress with you all. We are also putting together some ideas for several funny campaign videos we will be shooting in the next week.

Auditions for Treasure Island and Cinderella are coming up on October 6th and our first Improv class is on Friday October 4th!

We want to thank all of you who have shared our campaign! 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Tacoma Youth Theatre is Broadway Bound!

Tacoma Youth Theatre is Broadway Bound!

Tacoma Youth Theatre is opening a new theatre at 924 Broadway in the heart of Tacoma’s Theatre District. The facility is uniquely designed for young artists to experience theatre for themselves. The organization is launching a crowd-funding campaign to pay for needed improvements.
Photo by Michael Martin

Tacoma, WA , September 20, 2013 – Tacoma Youth Theatre is creating a new theatre facility at 924 Broadway, right in the heart of Tacoma's Theatre District. Starting this fall, students will experience all this innovative space has to offer: a fully functioning in-the-round “black box” performance space with ample seating, a separate rehearsal studio, dressing rooms, costume rooms, prop rooms – all designed to provide a hands-on learning environment where young artists can discover the joy, success, and impact of theatre for themselves.

Tacoma Youth Theatre, co-founded by Maggie Knott and Scott Campbell, began in the summer of 2012 and has since produced a dozen plays - all created by young artists. 

“It’s exciting to be building a facility specifically geared towards youth theatre. It’s unique,” says Knott. “For them to have access to the costumes, the props, the lighting, and the sound…and have it intentionally designed in a safe way for them to do that.”

Tacoma Youth Theatre will be expanding programming in the fall:  a morning class for four and five year old actors who are just starting out and a day-time class for home school students. The organization’s after school program will continue using a Pay What You Can pricing model. Two productions will be offered: Treasure Island and Cinderella.  Along with these classes, there will be a weekly improv class and several one-day workshops. This winter, Tacoma Youth Theatre will mount a special holiday production, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, offering young actors and their families an opportunity to experience the joys of theatre together, while sharing the stage with experienced acting mentors.

"During the past year, we have seen steady growth. Parents really appreciate and enjoy the unique and professional way we engage young artists,” says Campbell. “This is a big deal for Tacoma, the Theatre District, and for children and families in this community. We’re launching an Indiegogo campaign to support our mission, to give this theatre the best start possible, and to provide young artists with the very best theatre experiences."

The campaign will raise funds to further the mission of Tacoma Youth Theatre by purchasing equipment and making safety upgrades to the facility.  Visit to see the upcoming fall schedule or call 253-677-0531 for more information or to sign up for a class. Visit to check out the organization’s crowd-funding campaign.

“Every young person deserves the opportunity to participate in theatre. It's an incomparable learning experience,” says Knott. “Achieving our funding goals will establish a unique, hands-on, youth-only theatre where we're able to take that powerful learning even further, and keep that experience affordable.”

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. 

Scott Campbell, Managing Director
Telephone:  253-677-0531

Friday, September 13, 2013

Let construction begin

Tacoma Youth Theatre was issued permits yesterday to begin construction in our new theatre space.  The floorplan below roughly shows what we're up to.  Primarily, our work will include some ADA modifications to the public restroom and upgrades to all the exits.  Also included in this permit is the construction of the main wall separating the lobby from the theatre space.

Because of this space, Tacoma Youth Theatre can now expand its mission throughout the day.  The facility itself will be specifically designed to provide professional, safe access to all that theatre has to offer young artists.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

KBTC and Tacoma Youth Theatre

Last Friday, seven young actors from Tacoma Youth Theatre auditioned as on-air voice talent for KBTC-TV, Tacoma's PBS station.  We wish them all luck and look forward to hearing some familiar voices on television sometime soon.