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WE PRODUCE GREAT KIDS
 
What is Kids Who Care?

"Our desire at Kids Who Care is to create a place where the child is cherished. To find kids who love the process of creating musical theatre, to find adults who adore kids and the process, to invite the most talented artists, accountants, community volunteers, and business partners to join us, and when the lights go up, we all find delight!" -- Deborah Jung, Founding Executive Director
Watch & Learn More About Kids Who Care

Kids Who Care Produces:
  • Musical theatre classes, camps and productions
  • Year-round leadership opportunities
  • Local, National and International tours of Original Musicals
Why Choose Kids Who Care:
  • We create a place where the child is cherished
  • Leadership Education and Training is part of everything we do
  • We only hire professionals who adore working with children
  • Our kids look like kids
  • We are financially diverse and culturally inclusive
CONTACT US

Contact Information

1300 Gendy St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone 817.737.KIDS (5437)
Fax 817.737.2164


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Find Our Offices

Our main office #266 is located on the 2nd Floor, of the North Wing of the Arts Center. As you enter the Scott Theater Lobby turn right, take the hallway to the stairwell that leads to the second floor. As you come out of the stairs, turn right and then go left to our main office next to the copy machine.
Parking

Arts Center Parking is located in the surface lot across the street and in the Western Heritage Garage. Parking Rates for the cultural district are set by the City of Fort Worth and vary by time and day.

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    Kids Who Care strives to provide you with choices with regard to our use of your Personal Information. For example, although we may occasionally use your Personal Information to contact you regarding products or services of Kids Who Care we think might interest you, you will be given instructions on how to opt out of receiving further communications of this nature by email. Note, however, that in such a case, you would still receive program-related messages and similar transactional communications by email.

    If you have any questions or concerns about our Privacy Policy or Terms of Use, please contact us.

    MISSION AND HISTORY
    Mission

    Kids Who Care is a Musical Theatre Production Company, but with a name like Kids Who Care, we are obviously so much more. Our desire is to create a place where the child is cherished. Through exposure, education and experience in the performing arts and entrepreneurial leadership, we produce great kids. We invite the brightest artistic and business professionals and community volunteers, who adore children, to join us. So, when the lights go up, we all find delight.
    A word from Deborah Jung
    Kids Who Care Founding Director
    "We are a musical theatre company for all ages. Obviously with a name like Kids Who Care, we are more than theatre. At the end of the day, what we produce are great kids! As we work together in an ensemble company, kids learn how to create great work and at the same time, how to take care of each other.

    As a producer of musical theatre, I want to create something out in the world that changes thinking, or at least encourages hopeful thinking. While all of our work is legit entertainment, it should give a sense of hope in the end.

    Kids find us either because a parent sees something extraordinary in the living room, or the kid is dying to get in front of an audience. Our job is to maximize what happens to that child when they land here. We give kids an avenue to take what they are doing in their living rooms and create a professional venue for it.

    We are a very traditional theatre company, in that the skills taught here translate to any professional theatre. However, because we are a theatre that adores kids, we are intentional about selecting a professional staff that wants to do what we do.

    Kids Who Care is an international company. Since 1989, we have hosted students from countries including Israel, Italy, Indonesia, Germany, Russia, Albania, Switzerland, Finland, and Scotland. We are happiest in a sea of kids speaking many different languages!! Visit us in the middle of July Camp and see what I mean!

    When you leave any Kids Who Care performance, we hope you have laughed hard, cried a little bit, and feel better. For a moment we sit together, all ages, and watch Kids Who Care and feel like the world is going to be ok."

    -- Deborah Jung, Founder and Executive Director
    OUR STAFF
    Who We Are


    Deborah Jung
    Founder and Executive Director
    Beginning in 1989, Mrs. Jung has produced and directed tours of Kids Who Care's Original Musicals, performing in New York on Times Square and Off Broadway at both the People's Improv and the Lamb's Theatre, appearing at the Kennedy Center, Bass Hall, Disneyland, in addition to venues in Los Angeles, Italy, Germany, Albania, Washington D.C., Chicago, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Orlando, Nashville, across Texas, and at 30,000 feet in the air on the American Airlines Wish Flight.

    In addition, Deborah has directed for Kids Who Care main stage productions including A Christmas Carol, West Side Story, A Christmas Story, Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell, Narnia, Wizard of Oz, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Under Deborah's direction Kids Who Care has produced Family Concerts with Peter Yarrow, Trout Fishing in America, Sara Hickman, Inca Son, Eddie Coker, and Joseph Vincelli.

    Mrs. Jung designed Kid Power Leadership in 1993. This leadership model, originally designed for summer student leaders, has become an essential element for all leadership at Kids Who Care with annual training for the Board of Directors, professional full time staff, and professional contracted artists. As a consultant, Mrs. Jung and the KWC Staff produce Kid Power Leadership workshops for corporations, schools, and other non-profits staffs and boards. Past workshops include Texas Christian University, Tarrant Area Council of Churches, Trinity Valley High School, San Angelo Broadway Kids, and Theatre Arlington.

    Prior to founding Kids Who Care, Jung was in the Resident Co. at Casa Manana Playhouse (1975-1989) where she directed and/or appeared in over 75 productions. For ten years she was the Company Manager for Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park. During that time, Deborah created the Shakespeare Acting Institute and appeared onstage in Hamlet and Macbeth. In addition to her professional theatre credits, Deborah has worked with special populations including Mental Health Mental Retardation, Tarrant County Juvenile Detention Center, Texas Gifted and Talented, Cook Children's Hospital, and the Creative Drama Network.

    Mrs. Jung received her BA in Speech and Drama from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1975, with a Secondary Certification for Speech and Drama with the Texas Education Agency, and is a member of Who's Who, Mortar Board, and past member of Actors Equity Association. Deborah was a 2007 Great Women of Texas honoree, the 2008 Legacy of Women Award Recipient for the Arts, The Heart of Gold Recipient from the Arts Council of Fort Worth in 2018, and a recipient from Fort Worth Business Press C-Suite Awards in 2019.
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    Kathryn Albright
    Development Director
    Kathryn Albright received her B.S. in Communication Disorders and her M.A. in Audiology from the University of Texas at Austin. She practiced Audiology for over 15 years during which time she published numerous professional papers and conducted professional development workshops as an advocate for newborn hearing screening implementation all over the nation.

    In 2000, she joined the Staff of Kids Who Care as part-time Development Director where she was responsible for grant writing and fundraising. Through her tenure she has served as Marketing Director, International Relations Coordinator and as the Business Operations Director responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations of the organization. She has returned full circle to Development Director where she, in conjunction with the Executive Director and the Financial Development Team, continues to secure funding to allow Kids Who Care to fulfill its mission. She continues her work with the international exchange program. She is also a KidPower Leadership Trainer and the KidPower Leadership Board sponsor.

    Kathryn also contributes poems and prose to the original Kids Who Care production scripts. She is married to Jon and they have two daughters, Rachel and Madeline.
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    Pam Adair
    Education Director
    Pam Adair is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University with a B. A. in Vocal Performance. A former choir teacher in Fort Worth ISD for over 13 years where her choir students received Division I Superior Sweepstakes in Concert and Sight-Reading Contests and Division I Superior ratings in Solo Ensemble Contests. Pam has served as Region Choir Vocal Chair Assistant and Region Choir Vocal Chair for Region VII and was awarded Campus Teacher of the year at Daggett Middle School and has served as Fine Arts Chair to her campus Professional Learning Community. Pam is a member of Southwest ACDA and Texas Music Educator Association and has attended annual conventions where she receives continuing education.

    Pam teaches Vocal classes at Kids Who Care, is Resident Company Vocal Director and is the Music Director for July International Camps. Pam has toured with the Resident Company as Vocal Director to Austin, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Italy, Germany and Albania. Pam has been writing and creating music with Kids Who Care for over 20 years Her dreams of creating started as a young child, sitting outside in her favorite tree where she made up songs. She took piano lessons as a child and continued piano when she returned to college. Her friends, children and family have been her inspiration for writing.
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    Billie Kinlough
    Administrative Assistant
    Billie has been associated with Kids Who Care since 1992. First serving as a Volunteer with Kids Who Care in Production, Resident Company Touring, and Cookin' for Kids, Billie joined the staff in 2000. Billie is currently the Administrative Assistant.
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    Kristen Thiebaud
    Public Relations
    Kristen Thiebaud joined the Kids Who Care staff as Public Relations and Booking Director Full time in January of 2015. With a keen ability to connect people and the proven skills of originating publicity on a limited budget, she's helping to fulfill the mission of Kids Who Care to perform in Places of Power, Places that Matter, and Places of Purpose.

    Thiebaud was part of the Southwest Airlines Marketing Team that launched the ability to book hotels and highlight destination specific marketing on southewst.com. She also served as Promotions Director for 96.3 KSCS, and was successful in growing the brand and increasing listener engagement through on site and on air events while building a large network in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

    She's served on multiple volunteer steering committees, including GrapeStomp! for Grapefest 2001-2004 and as Communications Chair at First United Methodist Church of Burleson. With two children in the Kids Who Care Resident Company, Kristen is thrilled to be part of an organization where the child is cherished.
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    Amanda Williams Ware
    Company Manager
    Amanda has been part of the Kids Who Care family since the age of seven as a student, a Resident Company member, a KidPower leader through every level, a returning guest artist, a songwriter, an Alumni Board committee chair, an Alumni Liaison for the Board of Directors, and is now rounding out her twenty-one-year KWC career as a member of the professional staff.

    Amanda has been involved in Educational Outreach initiatives while attending Stephens College in Columbia, MO, and also through Casa Manana, where she taught Creative Dramatics in after-school programs. Also with Casa Manana, she toured an educational production to many schools and boys & girls clubs in the daytime while performing in their Playhouse season in the evenings. As an actor in the DFW area, Amanda has been seen in many productions in leading, featured, and supporting roles, including: In the Heights (Daniela, Regional Premier); Into the Woods (Witch); Debutante Warriors (Jenny, World Premier); West Side Story (Anita); The Spitfire Grill (Percy, Regional Premier); Anything Goes (Reno); and many more. She is also constantly writing and recording music, and singing with a number of different bands and musicians, including her husband, Trey, across the metroplex.
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    Chad R. Jung
    Production Manager
    Resident Lighting Designer

    As Kids Who Care’s Production Manager, Chad is keen on finding the right balance between vision and logistics as he manages the execution of every main stage production. As Resident Lighting Designer, he works side by side with students and professionals to create art in light for every live performance.
    A teacher and mentor, Chad is devoted to inspiring the next generation of young leaders and artists. He strives to inspire the next generation of artists and leaders who will reach far beyond live productions to promote positive change in world. Chad R. Jung has designed 300+ productions for opera, theatre, music, & dance around the world. Opera credits include: Atlanta Opera, Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Palm Beach Opera, Opera San Antonio, UNT Opera, Opera Tampa, and Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House. As the Resident Lighting Designer for the Fort Worth Opera, Mr. Jung designes a vast repertoire of opera including the critically acclaimed world premiere of JFK.

    A founding member Amphibian Stage Productions, Jung’s Leonce & Lena design Off-Broadway was praised by the NYTimes as “mesmerizing”. Theatre credits include: Julia Pastrana directed by J.V. Mercanti at the Greenwich St. Theatre, the world premier A Leopard Complains of Its Spots, and international theatre festivals in Italy, and Russia. Chad R. Jung has also collaborated on a variety of unique projects including Frances Bagley and Tom Orr’s Nabucco installation at the Dallas Museum of Art. Designs for live music include: Drew Holcomb, Chris Botti, Renée Fleming, Sharon Irving, Chad Lawson, Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson. Jung’s love of dance began with his mentor Tony Tucci and Choreographer Bruce Wood who helped launch his career of collaborations in more than 40 cities across the US for companies including: Ballet Austin, Caroline Calouche, Dallas Dance Festival, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, and the Washington Ballet on stage at the Kennedy Center.
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    Zuilma Gonzalez
    Business Manager
    Mrs. Gonzalez received her Bachelor Degree in Accounting from UANL in Monterrey, Mexico. Her professional experience includes marketing and accounting with Development Dimensions International (DDI Mexico), a Human Resources and Management Consulting Firm. After taking time off to raise her children, Zuilma re-entered the workforce as the KWC accountant. In addition to her role in accounting, Zuilma is also a professional photographer. zuilma.com
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    Pam Adair
    Education Director
    Pam Adair is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University with a B. A. in Vocal Performance. A former choir teacher in Fort Worth ISD for over 13 years where her choir students received Division I Superior Sweepstakes in Concert and Sight-Reading Contests and Division I Superior ratings in Solo Ensemble Contests. Pam has served as Region Choir Vocal Chair Assistant and Region Choir Vocal Chair for Region VII and was awarded Campus Teacher of the year at Daggett Middle School and has served as Fine Arts Chair to her campus Professional Learning Community. Pam is a member of Southwest ACDA and Texas Music Educator Association and has attended annual conventions where she receives continuing education.

    Pam teaches Vocal classes at Kids Who Care, is Resident Company Vocal Director and is the Music Director for July International Camps. Pam has toured with the Resident Company as Vocal Director to Austin, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Italy, Germany and Albania. Pam has been writing and creating music with Kids Who Care for over 20 years Her dreams of creating started as a young child, sitting outside in her favorite tree where she made up songs. She took piano lessons as a child and continued piano when she returned to college. Her friends, children and family have been her inspiration for writing.
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    Deborah Jung
    Founder and Executive Director
    817-737-5437 x6 // deborah@kidswhocare.org
    Kathryn Albright
    Development Director
    817-737-5437 x4 // kathryn@kidswhocare.org
    Pam Adair
    Education Director
    817-737-5437 x2 // pam@kidswhocare.org
    Zuilma Gonzalez
    Business Manager
    817-737-5437 x7 // zuilma@kidswhocare.org
    Chad R. Jung
    Production Manager
    817-737-5437 x8 // chad@kidswhocare.org
    Billie Kinlough
    Administrative Assistant
    817-737-5437 x1 // billie@kidswhocare.org
    Kristen Thiebaud
    PR/Marketing Director
    817-737-5437 x3 // kristen@kidswhocare.org
    ASSOCIATED ARTISTS

    Teaching Artists

    Deborah Jung -- Founder and Executive Director - Voice and Diction, Lessac
    Pam Adair -- Education Director, Storybook Theatre, Resident Company Music Director, Vocal Performance
    Jadie Phelps -- Resident Company Choreographer, Jazz Dance Instructor
    Ricky Anderson II -- Resident Company Acting Improv Instructor
    Rebecca Ford -- Jazz
    Devyn Woodruff -- Ballet Dance Instructor
    Mary Grim -- Resident Company Acting/Vocal Instructor
    Melissa Stewart -- Actor's Studio Instructor
    Lexie Griffin -- Beginning Jazz Instructor
    Associated Artists

    Pam Adair -- Song Writer, Vocal Direction
    Jay Adkins -- Music Producer
    Chase Ainsworth -- Actor
    Kathryn Albright -- Writer
    Ehleshea Anderson -- Actor/Director/Acting Coach
    Ricky Anderson II -- Actor/Improv
    Major Attaway -- Actor
    Frieda Austin -- Dance
    Vanessa Rohrer Barker -- Theatre Specialist
    Deborah Barr -- Stage Manager
    Christa Beacham -- Dance
    Aaron Bell -- Scenic Designer, johnaaron.homestead.com
    Lindy Benton-Muller -- Actress/Music Director
    Kristi Bingham -- Singer/Song Writer
    Courtney Boma -- Writer
    Beth Bontley -- Actor/ Director
    Thomas Brandon -- Writer
    Rhonda Kohl Brandon -- Theater Educator
    Tracy Bristol -- Artist
    Kevin Bulgarelli -- Writer
    Jaime Castañeda -- Director
    BJ Cleveland -- Actor/Director
    Jakie Cabe -- Actor
    Costa Caglage -- Lighting Technician
    Kristin Cox -- Dance
    Chris Curtis -- Songwriter
    John Dahlander -- Writer
    Winston Daniels -- Actor
    Brandi Daughtery -- Singer/Songwriter
    Lindy Davis -- Music Director
    Jason Domm -- Technical Director
    Yvonne Duque -- Actor/Director
    Glen Ellman -- Photographer, fortworthfire.net
    Karen Fox -- Writer
    Brandon Garceau -- Musician
    Mikala Gibson -- Actor/Director, mikalagibson.com
    Lorie Grandclair-Diaz -- Actress
    Eugene Gwozdz -- Composer
    Lane Bernardez Hackemack -- Stage Manager
    Seancollin Hankins -- Scenic Designer
    Todd Hart -- Actor
    Matt Hembree -- Songwriter
    Rachel Hull -- Theater Educator
    Heather Humphery -- Scenic Designer
    Elisabeth Ivy -- Singer
    Melian Izotova -- Ballet
    Brittany Jenkins -- Dancer/Choreographer
    Cody Jenkins -- Actor
    Andre Johnson -- Motivational Speaker
    Jay Armstrong Johnson -- Actor, Acting and Dance Workshops, jayarmstrongjohnson.org
    Michael Johnson -- Writer/Actor/Director
    Melissa Jobe -- Graphic Artist
    Blake Jung -- Sound Engineer
    Chad R. Jung -- Lighting Design, chadrjungdesign.com
    Deborah Jung -- Director/Writer
    Loli Kantor -- Photographer
    Jay Kay -- Scenic Artist/Carpenter
    Cheryl King -- Music Direction
    Pat Kinlough -- Carpenter
    Michelle Kinser -- Dancer
    Rhonda Kohl -- Actor/Director/Writer
    Tyler Krieg-- Actor
    Krista Langford -- Dance
    David Lanza -- Song Writer/Sound Designer
    Bob Lavallee -- Scenic Designer
    Elise Lavallee -- Dance
    Drenda Lewis -- Costume Designer
    Lynn Lewis -- Poet
    Art Lippa -- Actor
    Kate Lovelady -- Director/Writer/Vocal Direction
    Brittny Mahan -- Tap/Costume Designer
    Missy Matherne -- Musical Theatre Specialist
    Malissa McGee -- Choreographer
    Shannon McGrann -- Actor
    Mark Miller -- Music Director
    Richard Morrison -- Head Carpenter
    Michael Muller -- Actor
    Christopher Hudson Myers -- Actor, christopherhudsonmyers.com
    Steve Neal -- Poet
    Joseph W. Neely Reynolds -- Musician
    Jule Nelson-Duac -- Actor/Director/Acting Coach
    Georgianna Noel -- Dance
    Taylor Otey -- Actress
    Michael Pellechia -- Songwriter
    Teresa Pels -- Writer
    Ana F. Pettit -- Production Coordinator
    Michael Plantz -- Vocal/Music Direction
    Colleen Power -- Costume Designer
    Lauren Power -- Costume Designer
    Matt Ransdell -- Writer/Spoken Word
    Zak Reynolds -- Actor
    Alyssa Robbins -- Dance/Actor
    Caitlin Ryland -- Dance
    Stephen Senisch -- Theater Technician
    Andrew Shaw -- Actor
    Dalton Sherman -- Motivational Speaker
    Ragan Rhodes Sims -- Singer/Songwriter
    Hailli Ridsdale -- Stage Manager
    Ed Smith -- Actor
    Tom Spahn -- Composer
    Joshua Sherman -- Actor
    Debby Stein -- Dance
    Maegan Stewart -- Dance
    Phoebe Strole -- Actress
    Michael Sylvester -- Dance
    Ra Byn Taylor -- Sound Consultant
    Clifton Theibaud -- Writer
    Martina Trevino -- Photographer
    Victor Trevino -- Photographer
    Gary Turk -- Writer Sean Urbantke -- Scenic Designer
    Ross Vick III-- Musician/Songwriter
    Alex Vorse -- Songwriter
    Mark Walker -- Scenic Designer
    Elise Wattman -- Pianist/Vocal Performance/Composer
    Amanda Williams Ware -- Actor/Singer/Songwriter
    Taylor Willis -- Film Maker
    Elizabeth Wills -- Song Writer
    Noah Wilson -- Writer
    Hope Wilton -- Actress/Director
    Chase York -- Designer/Actor/Film Maker
    Philip Zielke -- Technical Director
    BOARD of DIRECTORS

    Board President - Jack Larson


    Mr. Larson is president and managing director of Mellina & Larson, PC. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Fort Worth and have two children, Benjamin and Marguerite. Jack previously served on the TCU Board of Trustees, as President of the TCU National Alumni Association, and Chairman of the TCU Clark Society Board of Directors. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Arts Council of Fort Worth and continues to be an avid supporter of the arts. He is a past member of the Citizens Oversight Committee for the Fort Worth Independent School District Capital Improvement Program and is active on the PTAs at his children’s schools.
    Click Here to Learn More about Jack Larson.
    Board of Directors

    Jack Larson -- President -- Mellina & Larson, P.C.
    Marshall Robinson -- Treasurer -- Pardus Oil & Gas
    Lisa Guthrie -- Secretary -- Cook Children’s Physician Network
    Gwen Perez -- Past President -- Freese and Nichols, Inc.
    Brandi Sanchez -- Board Development -- GM Financial

    Kimberly Buckley -- Freese and Nichols
    Ignacio Cadena -- Black and Veatch
    Dianne Fisher -- Deaf Education Consultant
    Carrie Harrington -- FWISD Ret.
    Jana Henthorn -- Community Volunteer
    Karen Telschow Johnson -- Telschow Johnson Law PLLC
    Molly Moon Jones -- Molly Moon Interior Design
    Shannon Schumacher -- Jtaylor
    Colte Smith -- Remnant Financial
    Malissa Perkins Summers -- Oil & Gas Title Atty.
    Clifton Thiebaud -- Dallas Marriott Las Colinas

    Kids Who Care Advisory Board

    Mike O'Toole, Co-Chair -- Douglass Interior Products
    Vernon E. Rew, Jr., Co-Chair -- Whitaker, Chalk, PLLC

    Honorable Kenneth Barr -- Former Mayor of Ft. Worth
    Jon Bonnell -- Bonnell's Texas/ Waters Seafood, Owner & Chef
    Earl Cox -- Investments and Real Estate
    Daniel J. Red Goldstein -- SpiritPoint Coaching and Consulting
    Ginny Goodman -- Community Volunteer
    Lorie Grandclair-Diaz -- Community Volunteer
    Rev. Raul Gutierrez -- Western Hills UMC
    Grant Harris -- Cook Children's Health Foundation
    Lori Henson -- Cuisine For Healing
    John Kiliany -- Red Lobster, Inc.
    Sue Kiliany -- Community Volunteer
    Marty Leonard -- Community Volunteer
    Nancy McClung -- Community Volunteer











    Honorable Mike Moncrief -- Former Mayor of Ft. Worth
    Nancy Payton -- Community Volunteer
    Sue Turnage -- Argent Trust
    Karen Vermaire Fox -- Quindigo Management
    Rev. Gloria Whitson -- Community Volunteer
    Brook Whitworth -- Frost
    Mike Wilie -- Witherspoon Marketing Communications
    COMMUNITY RELATIONS

    Community Relations

    It all begins with "EXPOSURE!" With credits in Albania, Italy, Germany, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Houston, Chicago, Austin, Kansas, Boston, Orlando, San Antonio, and all across the Fort Worth Metroplex, KWC is now reaching in excess of 10,000 children each year through the Kids in the Community program. The program is designed to impact children of all ages by meeting them in their comfort zone -- THEIR OWN COMMUNITY! As a result of this exposure to live theatre, many children choose to study the arts. The entrepreneurial style of leadership at KWC, combined with a skill specific arts education and compassionate staff, is producing great community leaders. For more information about booking the Resident Company for your community event, contact Kristen Thiebaud.
    Kids in the Community
    Kids in the Community takes musical theatre performances to places where children and families gather. Since 1989, our Resident Company of Youth Actors (1st - 12th grade) has performed KWC original musicals at schools, Cook Children’s Medical Center, Boys and Girls Clubs, gala events for other non-profits, and community festivals. About 50% of these performances are provided at no cost to the hosting organizations.

    Tickets and Transportation
    Our Tickets and Transportation program ensures low-income students are exposed to live theatre by providing grant-supported tickets and transportation to attend KWC productions at the Scott Theatre.

    Nights of Giving
    Nights of Giving is a collaborative effort between Kids Who Care, the Junior League of Fort Worth and area social service agencies that serve families. Agency clients are invited to attend a live theater performance at no charge so they can enjoy a normal family outing.

    Hope Scholarship Program
    Our Hope Scholarship Program removes financial barriers by providing tuition support for musical theatre and leadership education and experience.
    ALUMNI

    Changing the World, One Kid at a Time

    Kids Who Care celebrates our Alumni. From an engineer building bridges in Seattle, an English classroom in North Carolina, or on a Broadway stage, KWC alumni continue to make a difference.

    Our alumni can be found:
    On Broadway Stages (On The Town, Catch Me If You Can, Hair, Spring Awakening, Mamma Mia)
    At Hebrew University of Jerusalem studying Chinese and German
    Serving as President of the Student Body at George Washington University
    On stage in National Tours and Regional Theatre
    In Norway, studying Marine Biology
    Teaching English in Paris, France

    KWC has produced a generation of incredible people with wonderful stories.
    ALEX KILES - Litigation Associate with Covington & Burling LLP
    Kids Who Care Alumni – 2000-2008
    Washington, District of Columbia

    Alex is a leader among leaders, he is a 2014 graduate of The University of Chicago Law School where he served as Student Body President.

    "Nowhere else do students from all backgrounds have the chance to not only perform together, but also grow together. In short, Kids Who Care really does live up to its motto: We Produce Great Kids." - Alex Kiles
    JAY ARMSTRONG JOHNSON - Will Olsen on ABC's Quantico
    Kids Who Care Alumni – 1999-2008
    New York City, New York


    Whether 1,500 miles away on Broadway, or shooting in Montreal for "Quantico", Jay is the same: magical, humble, and turn-your-head off the charts gifted "kid" he was when he was on our stage. "Kids Who Care taught me how to lead with courage, patience, diligence, flexibility, and all the while grinning ear to ear because we were simply having too much fun." - Jay
    LANE BERNARDEZ HACKEMACK – Nurse at Texas Health Resources
    Kids Who Care Alumni – 1997-2001
    Fort Worth, Texas


    Lane had an innate ability at very young age to lead her peers. All 200 of them “standing by” backstage! Lane set the pace for all those who would follow.

    “Most importantly, Kids Who Care taught me that my all of my dreams are possible so long as I believe in myself and have endless ambition.” - Lane
    WILLIAM REID – Special Events Manager at Carnegie Hall
    Kids Who Care Alumni – 1999 – 2006
    New York City, New York


    "My time in the KidPower Leadership program taught me that I was capable of so much more than I could ever imagine at the time and that with hard work, respect for myself and those around me, and a little creativity, the sky is truly the limit." - William
    INTERNATIONAL

    International Students in Fort Worth

    Kids Who Care believes international exchanges are essential to developing strong leaders and diverse artists. We create global minded individuals through summer exchanges, international study tours and the home hosting experience.

    In 1989, Kids Who Care hosted our first 3 students from Reggio Emilia, Italy, through Fort Worth Sister Cities International. Since that time, we have hosted over 800 exchange students from all over the world including:
    • Albania
    • Italy
    • Finland
    • Latvia
    • Germany
    • Mexico
    • Hungary
    • Scotland
    • Australia
    • China
    • Indonesia
    • Spain
    • Israel
    • Switzerland

    While participating in Kids Who Care, international students experience:
    • Musical Theatre production and education in a professional venue
    • An opportunity for English language immersion
    • Leadership opportunities through KidPower Leadership
    • Life-long international friendships

    Students are home-housed while in Fort Worth and participate in a schedule of activities that introduce them to Texas culture. Organized activities include sporting events, museums, theatre, shopping, culinary and family fun. Everything from a family soccer day to a trip to Billy Bob's for Texas line dancing makes the experience complete. More information about Fort Worth.

    The Resident Company welcomes international exchange students living in Fort Worth to participate in Kids Who Care year round. Contact Kathryn Albright if you're interested in attending Summer Camp as an exchange student, or delegation leader.
    Be a Host Family

    Each Summer, Kids Who Care welcomes 40-60 students and their chaperones from countries from all over the world. We need friendly, flexible and FUN families who can co-create an incredible Texas adventure for our guests. All exchange students stay with host families for the three weeks while they participate in July International Musical Theatre Camp. This gives our guests an authentic Fort Worth experience.

    Host Families welcome guests as part of the family. Hosts provide transportation to and from camp and activities, breakfast, dinner and weekend meals. Exchange students have prepaid for lunch at camp, camp tuition, activities and medical insurance. Background checks and home visits are required for all host families.

    Download a Host Family Application from the call board or contact Kathryn Albright, 817-737-5437 for more information.
    Kids Who Care Around the World

    The Kids Who Care Professional Staff, Alumni, Leaders and Resident Company have a rich history of international exchange. When abroad, Kids Who Care connects to city and world leaders, provides workshops for schools and teachers, and creates performances in traditional and non-traditional venues. Past exchanges include Reggio Emilia, Italy; Novellara, Italy; Trier, Germany; Menashe Region, Israel; and Albania. To bring Kids Who Care to your community, contact Kathryn Albright, International Community Relations or 1-817-737-5437.
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