Theatre for Youth
All Theatre Arts Performance BFAs, Theatre Arts Education majors, students in advanced theatre techniques classes, and intended Theatre for Youth concentration students are REQUIRED to audition for main-stage and Theatre for Youth–Storybook Theatre productions.
The Theatre for Youth concentration provides a comprehensive, intensive training experience, including academics, studio training, and performance internships. This regimen will thoroughly prepare graduates for the rigors and demands of 21st century professional theatre for children and youth.
The concentration’s producing entity, Storybook Theatre, offers students the opportunity to be involved in mainstage productions through its affiliation with ECU’s highly successful Family Fare and Arts Smart series. Students are also a part of touring performances at public schools, arts festivals, and at local, state, and regional conferences for teachers and education administrators. Storybook Theatre reaches more than 4,000 children per year, giving students in Theatre for Youth first-hand experiences in a variety of venues.
Students in this concentration also participate in the Global Classroom Initiative, partnering with universities in such countries as Peru and Russia to extend their understanding of and exposure to children’s theatre and cultures around the world. Upon successful completion of required prerequisites, students may audition and interview for the program during the spring semester. Enrollment in the concentration is very competitive. At present, six candidates per year are accepted.
Theatre for Children and Youth Workshop