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Our First Alumni Event!
December 30, 2014: Kiddo! – Sh*t you wrote when you were a kid. 8-10p, Yellow Springs Brewery, $5 suggested cover.
Kiddo! is an open mic event where participants read aloud something they wrote as a kid. So, dig through the attic to find your childhood diary or notebook, track down that note you wrote to your mom when you were eight about why you were running away, or print out that “well-researched” fifth grade report on spiders and join us for an evening just short of embarrassment.
John Fleming Nominated for Governor’s Award for the Arts
October 25, 2013
John Fleming, founder and artistic director of YSKP for twenty years has been nominated for a Governor’s Award for the Arts in the arts administrator category. Fleming was nominated because “ [t]hrough the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse children grow up learning that theatre is a fresh art form and that plays are written to speak to the political and social concerns of the day. Very few theatre companies in this country are as socially and politically relevant.”
Alumnae Allison Kelly, who works in film and television in New York City, credits “John opened my eyes and imagination far exceeding the confines of the amphitheater we performed in. Using skill, preparation, and searching for the most creative choice like I had for years at YSKP, I allowed a lot of this will never happen phrases to disappear from my vocabulary. Allowing myself to be open and honest in my art as a young person saved me from a frightened, self-critical adulthood. When based less on applause and more on process, arts education allows kids to build confidence in how they think and how to contribute to a product they can be proud of.”
Alumnus Matthew Zaramesky, who has earned a PhD in Mathematics says “in my mathematical research, creativity is extremely important; when trying to solve a problem that no one has ever solved, creativity is the crucial skill, and not just being fast at calculating (which I am definitely not). As anyone who’s been in a play will attest, problem-solving skills are paramount in theater. All in all, my years of experience with theater have, I believe, made me a more effective teacher and researcher, and certainly more socially competent, as far as mathematicians go.”
And local superintendent, Mario Basora, who is also a parent of a current participant thanks John, because his daughter’s experience in YSKP “ has been the single greatest learning experience of her young life. It has been more impactful than any experience she has had in or out of school. Being a part of YSKP has given her confidence to speak clearly, project her voice, advocate for herself and others, and work collaboratively and interdependently with other children her age and older. These are the skills necessary to be successful in life. She would not have had these opportunities in other communities. It is because of John Fleming’s vision and leadership that my children and the other children of Yellow Springs have had the great opportunities afforded through the YSKP.”
You can read the full nomination here.
Award winners will be announced at a luncheon in Columbus in May.