Who We Are
To Cultivate Creativity, Build Character and Strengthen Communities.
To transform the lives of young people through exceptional theatre experiences.
OUR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION COMMITMENT
Trike Theatre is firmly committed to ensuring that our programs, productions and our daily processes in serving our community are firmly grounded in diversity, equity, and inclusion. At Trike Theatre, we believe that each one of us should play an instrumental role in creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive world that changes lives.
Diversity means individual and group uniqueness based on race, language, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, class, religious belief, physical, and neurological ability within our community. Trike Theatre is committed to reflecting our diverse community through our choices of staffing, leadership, volunteers, program/production choices, and the people we serve.
Equity means being fair, unbiased, and just to our employees, artists, patrons, and participants to ensure all have equal access to opportunities within our community. Trike Theatre is committed on and off the stage, to treating all people with respect and to provide training, resources, and an environment where all have access.
Inclusion means intentionally identifying, recruiting, and collaborating to ensure that diverse voices are present, valued, and active in all aspects of our programming. Trike Theatre is committed to learning more about the communities we serve so that we can be an advocate for specific needs and continue to support the educational system by strengthening 21st century skills for our youth and families.
WE BELIEVE IN…
A 360˚ Theatre Experience…
that empowers young people and families. The 360˚ theatre experience is Trike Theatre’s DNA – the lens through which we view and program everything. It is reflected in our three programs (Theatre for Youth, Academy and Outreach). And in each of those programs, participants will SEE, LEARN and DO.
We create a safe, inclusive space where we all take risks, celebrate our mistakes, find our artistic voices by deepening and expanding our individual talents. We create community through our classes, production ensembles, and through our events. We are a catalyst for bringing together the larger community through our productions and partnerships.
The Creative Process
We celebrate the messy and joyful creative process. We give everyone permission to play, experiment and encourage sharing, reflection, imagination, exploration and creating work that is original and of value.
Cultivating courage builds empathy and the self-confidence that allows the imagination to flourish. Individual Courage to take risks, make mistakes, speak out, stand up for what’s right, understand another point of view. Group Courage to support each other, try new things and work together to tell compelling stories. Artistic Courage to push ourselves toward new artistic experiences that challenge and inspire both staff and our students.
Trike Theatre founder, Kassie Misiewicz, always knew that she wanted to change the world through theatre. After earning her graduate degree and working in professional Theatres for Youth in New Jersey, Milwaukee, and Seattle, she and her family moved to Northwest Arkansas (NWA). Kassie believed this was the perfect place to start a professional Theatre for Youth. A Theatre to tell the unique stories of the community, develop innovative arts programming, and be a driving force in strengthening the area’s professional arts industry.
Since opening its doors in 2008, Trike Theatre has attracted a dedicated team of artists, educators, and staff who have many years of experience working for professional Theatres across the country and overseas. Trike Theatre flourished by partnering with arts and youth-focused non-profits, and is a resident theatre company of Walton Arts Center. The theatre annually serves over 20,000 people throughout NWA, the state, and nationally. As the only theatre of its kind in Arkansas, Trike Theatre is a valuable resource for the community, a laboratory for new artistic ideas, and a home for many young artists who have found their voice.