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Continued: Theater: 25 years at Youth Performance Company

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 15, 2014 - 2:43 PM

Q The Twin Cities area has four youth theaters. How does YPC find its place in that environment?

A From the beginning we’ve been a place for young artists — specifically teens. Hence our work reflects that niche. We created a structure to serve the artists in the best possible way. We have provided leadership opportunities like the Young Artist Council, which is a leadership board. They create and produce their own season of shows. There are not a lot of places where a 15-year-old gets the opportunity to direct a show. And what they accomplish is truly amazing. We also provide mentoring opportunities — where young artists can work directly with professional artists in music composition, playwriting or any area they want to explore. And we produce shows that have a broad range of theatrical style and content.


Graydon Royce • 612-673-7299

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  • The 2004 performance of “Freedom Riders” at Youth Performance Company included this scene of conflict between blacks and whites at a lunch counter in the American South.

  • Jacie Knight, who has headed the theater for 25 years, created the play in 1995. This is the third time the company has performed it.


    What: Created by Jacie Knight. Music and lyrics by Matt Koskenmaki and Kahlil Queen, for Youth Performance Company.

    Where: Howard Conn Theater, 1900 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls.

    When: 2 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Feb. 23.

    Tickets: $9-$12, 612-623-9080 or

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