Theatre for Youth

ECU Storybook Theatre in Maurice Sendak’s Really Rosie.

BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Theatre for Youth

About the concentration

In the Theatre for Youth concentration, you’ll receive a comprehensive, intensive training experience that includes academics, studio training and performance internships. You’ll study to be a performer, education outreach coordinator, director or administrative professional in children’s theatre companies.

You’ll take courses in acting, technical theatre, stage movement, directing, playwriting for youth, theatre for young audiences and voice and articulation.

You’ll find yourself on all kinds of stages, on campus, in the community and across the region. ECU Storybook Theatre performs marquee title productions in ECU’s Wright Auditorium as a part of the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s Arts Smart and Family Fare series, and tours regionally to the Turnage Theatre in Washington and the Two Rivers Theater and Event Center at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. You will have the opportunity to perform for patients at Vidant Health’s James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital. Storybook Theatre holds a host of material in repertory, using live theatre to encourage best literacy practices in elementary schools, at regional festivals and in public libraries.

If you’re not acting in these productions, you may work as a part of the production team.

You’ll gather source material—folktales from around the world—when you link via satellite with university students studying English in countries including Poland, Egypt, Russia, China, Peru and Japan. They’ll share stories and myths, and you’ll translate them into multicultural theatrical productions, such as Peru’s “The Three Shovels” and Japan’s “Peach Boy.”

You’ll complete a formal or informal internship in the community with an organization such as an arts council, public school, library, theatre or children’s theatre.

The concentration provides opportunities to teach in the K-12 ECU Summer Drama Camp. Study abroad options are also available.

Students have toured internationally, receiving international awards for collaboration in Japan and performing at the International Youth Festival in Krosno, Poland.

Student experiences

In addition to outreach and mainstage productions, you’ll build your own path through Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity award projects and participation in student organizations.

Students also engage with guest artists, like puppeteer Steve Myott and Theatre UCF’s Elizabeth Brendel Horn. The Dramatists Guild for Young Audiences, another student-run organization, produces original plays written by students for young audiences.


How do I learn more?

Contact Patch Clark at or 252-328-1196.


Jill Matarelli Carlson, acting/movement/stage combat

Patch Clark, Theatre for Youth/Theatre Arts Education coordinator

Tracy Donohue, acting/voice and articulation

Natalie Stewart, voice and articulation/acting area coordinator