I’m SO thankful to have found Black Box for my family because it is truly a one-of-a-kind program. I’m amazed by the variety of courses offered and the level of instruction that is provided. The teachers are very intentional in meeting the students at their skill level and helping them to stretch and grow. Being on stage is a very vulnerable experience for anyone, and feeling “exposed” can be quite a deterrent to participation in any theatrical capacity…BUT Black Box creates an environment where that energy is channeled! Black Box staff as a whole really value, encourage, and foster that vulnerability, so that students gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them!
It is challenging to pick only ONE favorite thing about Black Box because there are so many things that I love. If I had to narrow it to one, I would say that my favorite thing is that Black Box gives many opportunities throughout the year for students to be engaged with the community, to have time on stage, and to have frequent interaction with a live audience. Seeing students progress over the months and years has been quite an amazing experience!
Black Box has taught me/reminded me of the value of introducing the performing arts to kids at a young age and creating a sense of community that fosters individuality and free expression!
If I had to describe Black Box in one word, it would be “welcoming.” I say that because Black Box is a very inclusive, supportive, and safe place for all kids and adults who are interested in developing and refining their craft.