We are Arizona Repertory Theatre for Kids, a fine arts program. Our mission is to give children a place to shine, to develop their talents and learn teamwork through theatrical productions.
Read how we use the arts to do just that!
Dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. ART kids will be taught basics of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, and musical theatre.
The discipline of music boosts students brain power, teaches patience, and helps them to think critically as they approach harmony and singing in rhythm. Learn challenging music, play games, as well as sing as a part of the cast of the shows we produce.
Art has immense benefits for intellectual development. Art encourages creativity, craftsmanship, and imagination. Art will consist of different techniques such as painting, building, designing projects geared towards props and sets for the productions!
Drama helps youth discover talents, feel like part of something outside themselves, gives them a sense of belonging and importance, and raises their self-confidence. ART kids will learn basic acting techniques as well
Meet our Team
Rachel Evans has a passion for helping children find their voice. She started ART for Kids in 2016 with the mission of providing a place for children to shine! As an art instructor she encouraged all students to make their voices heard through their creation and be sure to claim their work. Currently, she is a student at Arizona State University, studying theatre in order to bring a better theatre experience to our community in San Tan Valley
Mindy Dalmacio is a powerhouse of creation! She joined the ART4Kids team as Artistic Director for Aladdin Jr. and has been a part of the team ever since. Mindy has been active in her community for years, always looking for ways to enrich the community for the benefit of the kids and families.
Margaret Jergens Is a welcome addition to our team. She has been educating children for 9 years giving direct support to children providing assistance and programs related to the academic and functional skill attainment for students. She is driven by the desire to develop a child’s curiosity and knowledge. Her passion for theatre has been a lifelong pursuit. Joining Missoula Children's Theatre as a child and worked with their traveling theater company as an adult.
January Queen has been in the theatre world for 22 years. She attended college for Theatre, Dance, and Musical Theatre, along with working as an actor and as crew in local theatre companies in both Southern Calironia and Arizona. She has been working with Art 4 Kids since 2017 as both director and choreographer in various shows. Dance is her passion, along with bringing out the most true self of every performer she works with!
What is Repertory Theatre for Kids and How did it Start?
In 2015 a group of amazing teachers brought the world of musical theatre to their school. They soon realized that not only was there a lot of interest in the arts, they also realized that immense talent surrounded them. When Summer of 2016 came, they decided to put together a musical production camp. Rachel Evans began the company Arizona Repertory Theatre for Kids, popularly known as ART4Kids! She continued working with her colleagues and together they made multiple shows per year. Being a group of teachers, they of course concentrated on teaching the kids how dance, music, drama, and art tied in to make a full production! At the end of the four week camp, the students put on a wonderful production of Alice in Wonderland. It was easy to see how much the arts had impacted the kids. Rachel realized that Art4Kids wasn’t only a place that put on shows, but instead a place where the children could shine! She watched kids find a new confidence, and passion.