At, Stage It Up Youth Theatre Group you will have the opportunity to: take part in regular workshops
learn from industry professionals
develop your audition techniques
devise and perform in exciting new shows
get casting advice and updates.
and have fun
Stage It Up Youth Theater Group started in April 2018 as an after-school community program within the free libraries of Philadelphia, PA. With only a handful of children performing one original play in front of their friends and family members. Since then, we have grown to now having a professional theater school program. What makes us special and unique is that all plays performed are the director's original work and those who participated within the program. Our motto is to teach youth the importance of performing well on stage and in life, which means we incorporate life skills through drama, and these skills are transferable to everyday life. We will accomplish this by providing a positive, creative and safe environment for the youth to openly express themselves while watching their words come alive on stage.
Through this program, Stage It Up Drama seeks to develop participants' artistic, self-esteem, positive social interaction, life skills, and coping skills to deal with life stressors. Stage It Up program incorporates multiple skills such as voice projection, improvisation, character development, team building, acting techniques, creative writing, and show production. These skills enable participants to understand and love the dramatic arts while teaching showmanship, memorization, and originality. Participants from the ages 2- 18 will have the opportunity to be a part of live performances, meet new people, learn from professionals, develop audition techniques, and most of all, have fun.
Besides live performances, participating youth will have the opportunity to perform what they learn in front of their families and peers. All children will be asked to follow a code of conduct and received permission from their parents to participate.
About The Founder & Director
Stage It Up Youth Theater Group is led by Artistic Director Shakina Small, MS (Ms. K.) Shakina has a wealth of experience as an actress, teaching artist, poet, spoken word artist, and director in the dramatic arts and creative expression. Additionally, performing in her one-woman show, plays, and short films. She has over ten years of experience in created and running numerous projects for young people throughout Philadelphia, including churches and schools. Shakina is also a Master’s level counselor and Licensed Behavioral Consultant. Her credentials allow her to add a therapeutic component to the youth theater program. To learn more, go to .
As well as our directors, Stage It Up Youth Theater Group also benefits from a vast network of theatre, film, and TV professionals who will lead guest workshops and projects and will provide resources into the industry.