Who We Are
The mission of North Carolina Theatre for Young People is to produce plays to engage young audiences, K-9, in the art of the live theatre. We strive to present highly mobile and flexible productions that can be presented effectively in a variety of performance settings. Our plays are chosen from the best available to include a variety of styles and content in order to aquaint our audiences with the richness of theatre for young audiences literature. We seek to encourage and foster the development of new scripts, develop residencies in creative drama and theatre for schools, and explore the theory that theatre-going by young people will contribute to the development of adult audiences of tomorrow.
Since its start in 1962, NCTYP has reached well over one million kids with formal, on-campus stage productions and touring shows that have gone as far as rural Maryland and Washington, D.C. The touring shows alone touch more than 15,000 kids every year.
NCTYP got its start through a partnership between UNCG and the Junior League of Greensboro. UNCG theater professors Herman Middleton and Tom Behm, formerly director of NCTYP, spearheaded the founding of NCTYP, initially called Pixie Playhouse, which debuted in 1962 with an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Red Shoes.” Recognizing that long tradition of producing high-quality shows for kids, the North Carolina Theatre Conference chose NCTYP to receive its 2011-Constance Welsh Theatre for Youth Award, given to one Theatre for Youth company in North Carolina each year. “It’s about reaching out to them, coming into their space,” Rachel Briley, NCTYP director, says of the tours, which go into schools, museums and other local venues. “It’s a gesture that says, ‘You matter so much to us that we want to come to you.’
2011 NCTC Constance Welsh Theatre for Youth Award for “excellence in performances, in service of mission, and in community outreach.”