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Mission/Vision


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Mission/Vision


 

Mission: to create theatrical opportunities that instill confidence, creativity, discipline in youth.

Vision: to empower youth for life.

 
 
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History


History


 

founded in 1976


 
 

Young Actors Theatre was founded in 1976 by Charlotte Kaufman, an actress from NYC, who made her home in the midwest. At first, we were part of the Athenaeum Turners School of Performing Arts, based at the historic Athenaeum building in downtown Indianapolis. The initial purpose of YAT was to teach basic acting classes that culminated in performances for Kindergarten through twelfth graders. From 1976 to 2005, YAT presented three productions a year, six performances, was run by two part-time staff members, and served sixty students (two of whom were Justin and Catherine)!

 

re-founded in 2005


Justin and Catherine couldn't stay young actors forever. They grew up, went to school, came back, and stayed involved with YAT. After assisting original founder Charlotte Kaufman for five years, Justin assumed the role of Executive Artistic Director in 2005, and Catherine Wade was hired as Managing Director in 2006. Since the brother-sister team took over, Young Actors Theatre has transformed into the largest youth theatre in Indianapolis. How? Because they believe in innovation, hard work, and transforming the lives of young people. They continue to create Model Citizens in the Capital City of Indianapolis.

 

confidence creativity discipline


confidence creativity discipline


 

our three focuses

confidence, creativity, discipline


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Core Values


Core Values


our core values


1. CREATE A CULTURE OF ACCEPTANCE & INCLUSION

We're in the business of engaging and teaching any and every student, and we deeply instill this in our classes. Learning is better facilitated when all students feel like a part of a true team, which can only be achieved through acceptance and inclusion of everyone.

 

2. EVERY STUDENT HAS A VOICE AND IS RESPECTED FOR THEIR INDIVIDUALITY

The best teams are made up of strong individuals. We inspire uniqueness and individuality in our students, and encourage them to value the same in themselves and in others. We encourage our students to form opinions and instill in them the confidence to stand up for themselves.

 

3. TEACH LIFE-LONG LEARNING AND RESPONSIBILITY, WHICH CAN BE APPLIED OUTSIDE OF THEATRE

In a world fraught with distraction, it is imperative that we motivate our students to take responsibility and improve themselves. Learning does not end with school, it is a life-long engagement, and when empowered to self-actualize, our students stand ready to learn more, readily adapt, and change the world.

 

4. tHE OUTCOME OF THE STUDENT OUTWEIGHS THE OUTCOME OF THE PERFORMANCE:

We believe that process is more important than product. Process is where true learning happens. The glory and rush of performance is temporary, but what happens inside of the classroom, the habits made and tenets instilled, sticks with students for life.

 

5. FIND THE FUN IN THE WORK

We believe that process is more important than product. Process is where true learning happens. The glory and rush of performance is temporary, but what happens inside of the classroom, the habits made and tenets instilled, sticks with students for life.

Staff


Staff


 

the minds behind yat


Justin Wade

Executive Director

 

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Georgeanna Smith

Artistic Director

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