Youth Performance Company

Be Bold

aka YPC   |   St Paul, MN   |  www.youthperformanceco.org

Mission

Youth Performance Company empowers youth and inspires social change through bold theatre. Through direct programming that includes productions, classes, in-school residencies, community appearances and a leadership development component, YPC provides affordable and meaningful arts experiences for Twin Cities families, children and teens. We help kids learn about theater, learn about themselves and make a contribution to the world around them.

Ruling year info

1993

Founder/Artistic Director

Ms. Jacalyn Knight

Main address

641 Fairview Ave N, Suite 191

St Paul, MN 55104 USA

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EIN

41-1753681

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Theater (A65)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The past 30 years Youth Performance Company (YPC) has worked with young artists from every background, culture, race and class to develop and produce smart, original, professional-quality theatrical experiences. As we train, guide and mentor these young people, they learn key core values such as creativity, responsibility and a devotion to excellence. Working with YPC has helped launch careers of many professionals who are currently working in Hollywood, Broadway and London’s West End. And it’s provided a solid foundation for those who have chosen careers in medicine, diplomacy, education and more.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mainstage Productions

YPC presents four fully staged productions a year. Of special note are the courageous productions that depict complex themes, such as the Holocaust, Civil Rights, gun violence and teen reproductive health.
On our stage youth are the stars, stage managers and crew. We are preparing them for lives as ambitious and gracious artists.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Mainstage shows

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

We deliver our Theater Arts Classes as workshops, summer classes and camps open to youth K-12.
Our curriculum includes creative play for young children; beginning acting; advanced training for teen artists, and an intensive Bay Lake overnight camp. YPC classes are affordable and we provide a number of scholarships each year

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Our Young Artists Council puts teens in the directors chair. Ambitious youth dedicate a year to this intensive program–learning leadership and production skills by conceiving/executing original theatre productions. Each member commits to 15-20 hours/month volunteering at YPC.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

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Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Families

YPC has long-produced residencies in local schools and community centers, all developed/taught by
professional teaching artists. YPC developed Yes I Can, a compelling curriculum in response to
educators requesting residency themes around peer bullying and discrimination through theater.
Student matinees have always been a feature at YPC, offering our mainstage shows to student groups.
The theater experience is extended to the classroom as teachers use our curriculum to discuss related show subjects.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Ivey Award for Production Excellence for "Little Rock, 1957" 2009

Ivey Awards

Ivey Award for Production, Unique Concept for "The Talk: An Intercourse on Coming of Age 2006

Ivey Awards

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Youth Performance Company

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kevin Ramach

Artistry

Term: 2017 - 2020

Rich Knowlton

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Miriam Johnson-Dunkirk

Coldwell Banker Burnet

Carl Allen

The Harvest Network

Jennifer Breitinger

no affiliation

Stephannie Keller

MyEyeStore

Brenda Vaughn

Ameriprise Financial

Leah Lewis-Frazier

Minneapolis Public Schools

David Maggitt

State Farm Insurance

David Peterson

3M

Chad Pitman

Ryan Construction

Kevin Ramach

Ted Mann Concert Hall - University of Minnesota

Dave Gangler

ManageAmerica

John Knight

Lawyer/Consultant

Leah Lewis-Frazier

Minneapolis Public Schools

Kelsey Matthews

Target

Barb Paton

Thoughtful Pinch

Carey Chapdelaine

Development