SteppingStone Theatre focuses on developing the whole child through educational theater programs and fully staged productions. Our supportive, non-competitive environment helps youth build self-esteem and confidence in a community that celebrates diversity.
SteppingStone’s programs foster creativity, self-expression and self-confidence; teach children and youth about history, diverse cultures, literature and the arts through engaging and entertaining learning; and help to create in youth a lifelong appreciation for the arts.
We serve youth from diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Since the theatre’s founding in 1987 from the education programs at the former Chimera Theatre, more than 750,000 children, families and educators have attended or participated in SteppingStone Theatre events.
In December 2007, we moved to our new home in a beautiful, 100-year-old, renovated former church. We improved the exterior, converted the sanctuary into a 430-seat theatre with a proscenium-style stage equipped with modern lighting and sound capabilities, installed an elevator for accessibility to all areas of the building, and constructed classrooms and dressing rooms.
Our Program Areas
Annually, we deliver 200 performances each year, featuring nearly 100 performers ages 8–18 performing on stage and 40,000 people in the audience.
More than 10,000 students and educators benefit from our outreach programs each year. We facilitate more than 40 curriculum-based artists-in-residence in schools across Minnesota each year, and more than 100 community education and out-of-school programs across the region.
At SteppingStone, we strive to make our programming accessible to all students.