At Stage It Up Youth Theatre Group you will have the opportunity to:take part in regular workshops
- learn from industry professionals
- develop your audition techniques
- devise and perform in exciting new shows
- get casting advice and updates.
- and have fun
Stage it up youth theater group started in April 2018 as a community afterschool program within the free libraries of Philadelphia, PA. With only a handful of children performing one original play in front their friends and family members. Since then we have grown to now having a professional theater school program.What makes us special and unique is that all plays performed are original work of director and those who participated within the program. Our motto is to teach youth the importance of performing well on stage and in life; which means we incorporate life skills through drama and these skills are transferable to everyday life.This will be accomplished by providing a positive, creative and safe environment for the youth to openly express themselves while watching their words come alive on stage.
Through this program, Stage It Up seeks to develop participants’ artistic, self-esteem, positive social interaction, life skills and coping skills to deal with life stressors. Stage It Up program incorporates multiple skills such as voice projection, improvisation, character development, team building, acting techniques, creative writing and show production. These skills enable participants to have a deeper understanding and a love for the dramatic arts while teaching showmanship, memorization and originality.Participants from the ages 8- 21 will have the opportunity to be a part of live performances, meet new people, learn from professionals, develop audition techniques and most of all have fun.
In addition, to live performances participating youth will have the opportunity to perform what they learn in front of their families and peers.All youth will be asked to follow a code of conduct and received permission from their parents to participants.
founder and director
Stage It Up Youth Theater Group is led by Artistic Director Shakina Small, MS (Ms. K.) Shakina has a wealth of experience as an actress, teaching artist and director in the dramatic arts and creative expression. As well as performing as a spoken word artist, in her own one-woman show, plays, and short films. She has over ten years experiences in created and running numerous projects for young people throughout Philadelphia including churches and school. To learn more go to https://k-modulation.com/bio-speaking-topics
As well as our directors, Stage It Up Youth Theater Group also benefits from a wide network of theatre, film and TV professionals who will lead guest workshops and projects and will provide resources into the industry.