What is Upstage?
Upstage Theatre Arts Schools is a provider of year round after school and summer day-camp performing arts education for children and young people. Founded on the principle that theater should be fair and fun, our productions feature ensemble casting, reasonable rehearsal hours, and a safe environment for the child to find their own level in their own time.
Our overall objective is for the student to feel joyful and creatively fulfilled when performing, and our hope is that all students grow in confidence, make new friends and learn new skills. So many of our students return year on year, we figure we must be doing something right!
Why is arts education important for kids?
Performing arts training is not just about fun. Many educational professionals believe that the skills and experiences gained from rehearsing and performing music, theater and dance have a profound effect on a student’s academic achievement:
Arts education helps build academic skills, increase academic performance, improve behavior, reach kids who are at risk of dropping out of school, improve self-esteem, and build the kind of creative skills that are required of people in the workforce of the new century.
-The California Arts Council