Since before the beginning of history, storytelling has always been, and still is, one of the most important skills shared by all cultures. At META, our vision is to utilize dramatic and musical theatre to give young people tools to better understand themselves and their culture.
At META, we strive to:
Provide opportunities for any and all youth wanting to explore the arts and the very important cultural perspectives that only the arts can provide.
Seek and retain the most talented teachers and trainers we can find to coach our aspiring performers and stagecraft technicians.
Produce shows that encourage our young performers and technicians to discover their full theatre potential - no matter their age, training level, or past experience.
Give every audience an unsurpassed entertainment experience by performing at our absolute best.
Unsurpassed Theatre Experience
How do actors really become the character? Where do we start?
Being on stage is easy when you have a director that can make you look and feel good. Say a kid is playing a hero, or a villain, or maybe a quirky comedian. That kid will find, when they really dive into those characters, she will start to feel like those characters. It’s actually quite amazing. For just a moment while they’re onstage, that kid isn’t playing the hero, he is the hero. Through expressing a different side of themselves, the actors explore emotions and awareness they’d never had before. For some kids, all it takes is one show, or one character, to open there eyes to something beautiful inside themselves.
META directors provide quality training in movement (poise, athleticism, and pattern), voice and speech (breath, language, intonation) and psychology (thought, emotion, relationship) to help the actors tell the story of the play. META’s expert instructors and directors try to make being on stage really fun. Our directors work to ensure that even the most serious scenes, tackling some of life’s toughest issues, are safe environments where our young actors can take it step by step.
Actors with good direction and structured training can quickly begin to master some of these areas, playing a vital role in a shared ensemble that ultimately delivers great performances to every one of their audiences.
Over the past 20 years, META has produced over 30 plays and musicals providing several generations of young actors opportunities to grow their theatre skills, their cultural knowledge, and their self-confidence. Actors leave META with public speaking and active listening skills, which lead to creative and collaborative individuals. Yes, several of our actors have played on Broadway and other “big” stages in the theatre and film industry. Other META’s thespians have traveled abroad on relief efforts or have gone on to teach internationally. Some have even used their skills to pursue political careers to help change our world. The common thread among many of our Alumni is that life after META includes a trajectory of self-actualization, and proven leadership qualities.
Our Current Board of Directors
META is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501-(c)(3) corporation providing local youth with theatrical training and high-quality performance opportunities since 1997. Our board members come from a wide variety of backgrounds including theatre, education, and business. Sharing a love of theatre, we give ourselves the task of finding shows that feature young performers alongside seasoned actors, lead by experienced production teams. We strive to create experiences for underserved youth to help provide them with the building blocks for personal development: the thrill of artistic endeavor; the knowledge that without hard work, there is no art; and the sense of team they find in meeting the very difficult challenge of creating a play. Beyond theatre, we’re buoyed and motivated by study after study demonstrating that students involved in the arts consistently do better academically and average 100 points better on their SAT scores than non-arts students.
Noteworthy Alumni & Ambassodors
Here's just a few of the ongoing stories that META is proud to be connected with…