Hattiloo Youth Theatre is committed to producing high quality, accessible, youth arts programs that nurture creativity, build self-esteem and encourage the development of valuable life skills that will serve our children far beyond the stage. As our youth share their talents, they grow to see the positive impact they can have on our community. And, that success is a great motivator!
Hattiloo and the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation have teamed up to host a FREE open-mic. Until Hattiloo's Development Center is constructed, Baobab Filmhouse (652 Marshall Avenue, one block from Sun Studio) will host this open mic night. High school students are invited to take to the mic, or just sit back and enjoy the show.
Camp Awareness, sponsored in part by the Hohenberg Foundation, is Hattiloo’s signature youth program. A collection of five unique week-long camps, CA broadens the cultural bounds of 9 -14 year olds through exposure to varied art disciplines. The programs emphasize the value of community and the development of friendships while celebrating personal growth. Each participant enjoys special themed art activities and high-quality, hands-on workshops led by experts in the Memphis arts community. Each weekly camp culminates in a final student-produced performance on the last day.
Hattiloo’s Youth Musical Theatre Initiative, sponsored by the Memphis Music Initiative, is a six-month program developed to broaden students’ scope of singing, songwriting and performance, while further developing a community of trained musical theatre artists who can support and sustain the program’s achievements for years to come. The program is separated into six phases where students work with professional musicians, songwriters, and directors to create their own musical and songs. The program culminates with a musical showcase and songwriting competition.
Hattiloo Showstoppers Program Sponsored by the City of Memphis (HSP) is a six-week program that is a part of the City’s MPLOY program. HSP expands participants’ cultural boundaries, shows the successes that are had through teamwork, and develops skills that can be explored through post-graduate study or practice, and produces a show-stopping production. Serving approximately 60 youth ages 14 - 21 attained through the MPLOY lottery system, HSP culminates with a free public performance.
Hattiloo at the Library (HAL) is a traveling performance tailored to youth in the greater Memphis community. In partnership with the Memphis Public Library, HAL provides access to theatre and performance to underserved youth at various library branches throughout the city. The performance includes a short, interactive and kid-friendly production, a talkback with the actors and program facilitator, and interactive activities.
Write On! Speak Out! Sponsored by the Grizzlies Foundation, (WOSO) is a creative writing mentoring program designed to aid in college preparation and essential skill-building through the written word. Participants will enhance their writing, performance, presentation, and communication skills, which will further cultivate their talent and help foster confidence in their own creativity.
Performance 101 (P101 or BGC), sponsored by the John Dustin Buckman Foundation, is a six-week program that cultivates participants’ imaginations while enhancing their knowledge of theatre and increasing their skill sets. Each participant is exposed to theatre, the nature of play production, and has the opportunity to perform in a culminating production. The participants begin the program with literacy and educational overviews and theatre/performance tutorials. Participants then transition into rehearsing for their culminating production. Whether their passion is dancing, singing, acting, or visual art, P101 seeks to inspire all participants to nurture that passion.