About YMTC

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Our Mission

Youth Musical Theater Company is dedicated to providing exceptional training to young theater artists through the production of exceptional musical theater.

We bring together the Bay Area’s most talented and dedicated young singer/actors—as well as students of technical theater— (7th grade through University level)—with professional directors, designers, and musicians.  We create theater that takes on challenging and sophisticated musical and dramatic themes, and that is always accompanied by a full, live orchestra.

Our Vision

We passionately believe that when young people have opportunities to participate in exceptional training in the theater, they are becoming not only the next generation of artists and arts appreciators, but the next generation of engaged citizens: empowered to pay attention, communicate, and energetically participate in a collaborative process.

Our Values

At YMTC, we generate exceptional artistry in a supportive community.

  • We respect the artistic process, our students, our teachers, and our community.
  • We believe musical theater as an art form is a powerful teaching tool.
  • We value mentorship between professional theater artists and students.
  • We teach the skills needed for collaborative process.
  • We engage with our local community.

From the time it incorporated as a non-profit in 2004, YMTC has grown into a year round production company, producing three fully mounted musicals as well as small scale workshop productions and training workshops throughout the year. Many YMTC graduates have gone on to study music and theater at some of the best conservatories in the United States and abroad; all of them, wherever they go, take with them confidence, empathy, responsibility, and the capacity to imagine.

We passionately believe that when young people have opportunities to participate in exceptional training in the theater, they are becoming not only the next generation of artists and arts appreciators, but the next generation of engaged citizens: empowered to pay attention, communicate, and energetically participate in a collaborative process.

Our Community

Past Board Members

Jennifer Boesing
Jane Breyer*
Jessica Broitman
Carla Cassler
Joel Cohen
Pam Crane*
Mike Crane
Glen Epperson
Pat Gillette
William Lewis
Carolyn McFarland
Sharon Pancio*
Denise Pinkston
Lori Potter
David Walton*
Bonnie Whitler
Bruce Wicinas*
Jennifer Winch
*Past President

Advisors to the YMTC Board:

Jane Breyer
Kevin O’Connor
Marshall Platt
Lori Potter
Jill Vialet
Dorothy Walker

The Making of a Company

1997

  • Bruce Wicinas founded parent-run Middle School Musical Theater.

1997-2002

  • Wicinas nurtured the fledgling group into Youth Musical Theater Commons.
  • Produced one musical a year at  Berkeley Arts Magnet Elementary School.

2003

  • YMTC moved to Longfellow Middle School auditorium.
  • Jennifer Boesing hired as director, and contracted a small band for the annual production.

2004

  • Jennifer Boesing, Bruce Wicinas, & YMTC-parents Pam and Mike Crane, created a Board of Directors and received 501C3 status: Youth Musical Theater Company officially established.
  • Boesing named Artistic Director, and Pam and Mike Crane began their long tenure in service to the organization; Mike, as bookkeeper, controller, and orchestra manager; Pam as Managing Director, Production Manager, Workshop Leader and Resident Choreographer.

2005-2007

  • Added summer show to season, and began search for professional performance venue.
  • Partnered with George Rose to transform Metal Shop into a black box theater or rehearsals and performances of summer shows.

2008

  • Moved performances to the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts with summer show, Into the Woods.
  • Created mini film documentary about YMTC: “The Making of ‘Into the Woods‘: The Making of a Company.”

2009-2010

  • Experienced large increase in student interest; talent from over 25 schools around the Bay Area.
  • Increased programming to year round: added workshops and a third production to the season.

2011

  • Created professional staff positions.
  • First Resident Music Director, Dave Möschler, hired.
  • Launched College Mentorship program.

2012

  • Became award winning-company.  Received national attention (American Prize for Musical Theater–high school category; Great Non-Profits award; ABC-7 News feature).

2013

  • Continued to expand artistic and administrative staff and offer new training opportunities.
  • Implemented Corporate Sponsorship Program.
  • Commissioned first-ever New Musical to be written for YMTC and its students.
  • Secured two city-owned buildings at Aquatic Park in Berkeley for permanent rehearsal/shop space.

2014

  • Sogno Design Group donated architectural services for Aquatic Park project.
  • Board of Directors launched first-ever capital campaign to raise $150,000 to renovate the buildings at Aquatic Park.
  • Implemented a new Theater Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP).
  • Added a fourth show to season– a spring studio production—to perform at Willard Metal Shop Theater.

2015

  • Finished the first phase of our capital campaign and moved into our new rehearsal home at Aquatic Park, with a Ribbon Cutting event at the campus.
  • Opened the world premiere of well-received commissioned musical “Don’t Stop Me” by Dave Malloy and Krista Knight.