Happening at SteppingStone

FAMILY FRIDAY:  Connections Matter

By Kiersten Birondo, Director of Marketing & Communication


UPDATED 11:30 08/14/2020

Teens perform a Zoom version of Alice and Wonderland with "Family Friday" overlaid


Before COVID-19 became an everyday reference, connection was the #1 thing that we heard teens, children, and parents struggle with. That’s why we’re here. That’s why theatre is here. To create connection between us all.  It’s the secret sauce to wellness, brain development and even academic success for young people of all ages! These last 5 months, young people and SteppingStone have created innovative connections through art in virtual space.

Meet Jaeden, a young artist who recounts her experiences of connection while devising ‘Alice in Wonderland’, an original musical created entirely on Zoom by SteppingStone teens this summer.  “It’s way different than any Alice in Wonderland you’ve seen before,” Jaden says. “It’s based on the book but we changed it to be more modern and fit Zoom” she explains. Here’s our interview with Jaden:

"I think we're all craving connection right now...there's something really special about being in a room together, creating something but, after running with this program, I think the same can be said for our Zoom Room." Emily Villano, Alice in Wonderland Musical Director

The ways connection happens is different now but more important than ever. Encourage your young person to keep creating their art, whether it’s writing, singing, dancing, or creating one-of-a-kind characters.  Invite them to share their work with friends or family and work together to share with your networks across digital platforms! Despite the ever-present challenges of COVID-19, we will keep creating opportunities for connection for all young people — virtually and in-person.

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At SteppingStone, we are committed to access and inclusion for all people. We stand firmly in opposition to racism, and our programs challenge our young artists, staff, and Board of Directors to foster inclusion and seek equity for all, including Black people, Indigenous peoples, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people of all economic backgrounds, people of all religions, and people with disabilities. SteppingStone collaborates with families to meet students’ needs, whether they are social, academic, developmental, or physical.

We Believe

Young people are artists, makers, and doers. They need to belong and to contribute to their world. When young people make art together, they change themselves and the world around them for the better.

We Do

SteppingStone ignites belonging, generosity, mastery, self-advocacy, and inspiration by creating art with young people to share with the world.