Youth Programs

Youth Programs

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!

Write On! Speak Out!

Sponsored by the Grizzlies Foundation, Write On! Speak Out! (WOSO) is a college preparatory program that trains students to use spoken word poetry to entertain, educate, express, and inspire.  Through applied workshops and engaged mentorship, students develop their creative writing, performance, presentation, and communication skills, which will further cultivate their talent, their belief in their own voice and help foster a desire to engage their community.

Hattiloo’s Youth Musical Theatre Initiative

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.

Camp Awareness

Camp Awareness

Ages 9-14
Camp Awareness is an arts emergence program, made up of three unique two-week sessions, that aims to broaden the cultural bounds of its students. Participants will enjoy high-quality hands-on workshops lead by experts in the Memphis arts community. Each session culminates in a final student performance.

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Pay for the Camp

Camp Awareness Tuition

Hattiloo Showstoppers Program

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

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.


TechiLoo engages underserved youth from the Hollywood community in free, neighborhood-based workshops in the technical theatre arts – sewing costumes, prop making, and scenic painting – to develop artistic, practical, and team-building skills; to instill in them a sense of pride in self and community; and to plant seeds for a meaningful, long-lasting engagement in the arts. This program is sponsored by Give365.

Fall Fair 2019

Workshop 1: September 21 – October 6, 2019

Workshop 2: November 2 – November 17, 2019

Spring 2020 Fair

Workshop 3: March 28 – April 12, 2020

Video at Hattiloo

  • Video at Hattiloo, sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission, is a film-making program that trains students in writing, filming, and producing short films. Through hands-on workshops, students develop skills for film making, while also engaging current community concerns. Participants create short films based on themes from the Hattiloo 2019-2020 season and demonstrate how the theme of that show resonates with a/the Memphis community.
  • Ages 13-19