Youth Ambassadors

Program Mission

To support young people as they grow into leaders in the future of theatre through professional mentorship, shared learning experiences, and exploration of a multiplicity of stories and viewpoints in American theatre.


JOIN THE 2022 COHORT!

Core Company: SteppingStone 2020 Teen Leadership Cohort
Application open May 1-30, 2021
Open to young people going into grades 10 – 12

What to Expect

Learn & grow together in a cohort of peers who are committed to theatre as a form of exploration and challenging our preconceived notions. Your cohort will converge monthly to watch, critique, and discuss performances; and participate in on-your-feet theatre workshops led by professional artists.

TYPICAL MONTHLY GATHERING

The complete schedule will be provided upon acceptance into the program

4:00 – 4:30 pm          Pre-show Discussion: a closer look at the script or discuss a specific moment in the upcoming show.

4:30 – 5:50 pm           Theatre workshop with a guest artist focusing on acting, movement, voice, or character work. 

6:00 – 6:30 pm          Designer Q & A: ask questions and hear from a resident production designer in lighting, costumes, props, or set design.

6:30 – 7:15 pm           Dinner with Artistic Staff: Eat in community and discuss the upcoming production with a member of the artistic staff to hear about the process from show selection to opening night!

7:30 – 10:00 pm        See a Production: Attend a free performance of a mainstage production from Park Square or SteppingStone Theatre. 

10:00 – 11:00 pm      Post-Show Discussion- snacks and discussion with the Youth Ambassadors cohort about the production you just saw.

Special Ambassador Events

A couple of meetings will be curated especially for our Youth Ambassadors, including:

CAREER DAY

Theatre artists are invited for a day of Q&A with the Youth Ambassadors. You get to select the areas of theatre you’re most excited about and we find the guest experts!

BRING-A-FRIEND DAY

Invite friends to learn more about the Youth Ambassador program. You will be the hosts and curators of this event to share your experiences throughout the year as a Youth Ambassador and select workshops to share with new recruits.

What commitments are required of you?

  • Show up! As a member of the cohort, you are expected to attend 8 events: 6 monthly meetings and 2 special event days. 
  • Reflect, read, and occasionally write! Some outside work may be required in this program. To grow as a cohort, you’ll read scripts, write reviews, and talk together about your goals. 
  • Share your experience! Invite 3-5 friends to join the group for bring-a-friend day to share your learnings and get the cohort excited for next year.

What’s new this year?

  • Ongoing workshops and mentorship from four professional artists who make up Park Square’s Artistic Associates: Actor Ansa Akyea, Director Ellen Fenster, Director and Visionary Rick Shiomi, and Broadway Producer Kim Vasquez
  • Mentorship time in small groups to focus on your individual areas of interest and/or goals in the arts, led by Artistic Associates and Education staff.
  • Building the Youth Ambassadors program you want to see! The Education team will seek feedback and discussion from the cohort around their goals and ideas for what a youth leadership program should look like.
  • Pay As You’re Able program fees.

 


How do I apply?

Apply through our online application. Applications are due May 30, 2021.

In addition to an online application, you are required to submit a letter of support from an adult who knows you and your goals (teacher, director, coach, leader, etc.)

If you are selected for an interview, you will chat by Zoom or phone with Park Square Education staff in a 30 minute interview. It will be our chance to get to know you better and you’ll get to ask questions about the program.

 


Program Fees

The Youth Ambassadors program is Pay As You’re Able. The full registration fee represents the amount that it costs us to bring this program to you and we ask that you pay what your family can afford.

For your family, Pay As You’re Able may mean covering your fees and someone else’s. It could also mean paying half or some of the fee. Most importantly, Pay As You’re Able means that you – yes, you – are welcome. 

Application Overview

Submission Deadline: May 30, 2021

Eligibility: Open to young people entering grades 10 – 12

Fee: Pay As You’re Able upon acceptance

Application Process: Online application, letter of support, and 30-Minute Zoom or phone interview with Education Staff


This Program is Pay As You’re Able.

That means exactly what it says – pay what your family can afford. The full registration fee represents the amount that it costs us to bring this program to you and we ask that you pay what your family can afford.

For your family, Pay As You’re Able may mean covering your fees and someone else’s. It could also mean paying half or some of the fee. Most importantly, Pay As You’re Able means that you – yes, you – are welcome. 


Equity and Inclusion Statement

We are committed to access and inclusion for all people. Our programs stand firmly in opposition to racism and we challenge our young artists, staff, and Board of Directors to foster inclusion and to seek equity for all, including Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQAI+, economically disadvantaged, all religions, veterans, active military, and those with accessibility needs. We work with families to meet students’ needs be it social, academic, developmental, or physical. SteppingStone and Park Square respect students’ gender expression and provides access to gender-neutral facilities.

Please direct any questions to Connor McEvoy, Education Program Manager for Park Square Theatre at education@parksquaretheatre.org or Megan Flød Johnson, Interim Director of Education for Park Square & SteppingStone Theatre at education@steppingstonetheatre.org.

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Summer Camp Central

The Journey School
775 Lexington Pkwy N
St Paul, MN 55104


This campus will host in-person camps for Pre-K through Grade 12.

Free daily lunch is available to full-day students at this campus. Some restrictions apply.

Downtown Campus

Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists
16 W 5th St
St Paul, MN 55102


This campus will host 3 weeks of downtown classes for grades 1 - 6.

LEAP Campus

Park Square Theatre
20 W 7th
St Paul, MN 55102


This campus will host all LEAP program rehearsals.

All Camps are Pay As You’re Able

That means exactly what it says - pay what your family can afford.

Our full registration fee represents the amount that it costs us to bring this program to you. But for your family, Pay As You're Able may mean covering your fees and someone else's. It could also mean paying half or some of the fee.

If these options do not work for your family financially, we still want your young artist to be able to attend. Reserve a spot with a $50 deposit and we will work with you to make attendance possible.

Contact

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are available via email M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following:

CREATIVE LEARNING
education@steppingstonetheatre.org

TICKETS & REGISTRATION
boxoffice@steppingstonetheatre.org

DEVELOPMENT
development@steppingstonetheatre.org

MARKETING
marketing@steppingstonetheatre.org

GENERAL INQUIRIES
info@steppingstonetheatre.org

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

At SteppingStone, we are committed to access and inclusion for all people. Our programs stand firmly in opposition to racism and we challenge our young artists, staff, and Board of Directors to foster inclusion and to seek equity for all, including Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQAI+, economically disadvantaged, all religions, veterans, active military, and those with accessibility needs. We work with families to meet students’ needs be it social, academic, developmental, or physical. SteppingStone respects students’ gender expression and provides access to gender-neutral facilities.

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.