I learned what it meant to really be an ensemble. Too often do productions promote ensemble and have the majority onstage for a fraction of a second and feel excluded if they are not a "lead." But at CYS the ensemble is what makes the production powerful. I have generated friendships with fellow cast members that are as if we have been lifelong friends. At CYS, their promotion of ensemble and community is what makes their productions meaningful and present.
Going forward, as a director and teacher, I have learned from CYS how to make it about the actors/students and how to not only succeed in your vision, but theirs as well. I feel like I now understand my strengths and weaknesses as an actor, and I know how to improve upon them. I also feel as though I have the tools to teach others about how to approach a character or understand objective or what have you. I aim to be a theater educator one day, so CYS has given me the tools to pursue that desire. Before this experience, I was unsure of my capabilities as an actor. I did not know whether or not I was good enough to pursue it as a career. But CYS showed me the support that I needed to confirm that I was good enough. It has made me a leader and I could not be more thankful for the opportunity.
– CYS Youth Ensemble Member