WELCOME  TO  TOY!

Stage & Film Actor Jesse L. Martin remembers an educator that opened his eyes to theatre and how it impacted his life.

Celebrated Producer and Writer Tom Fontana describes the children's theatre landscape in Buffalo, NY in the early 1970's and the impact that the Theatre of Youth Company has had in his hometown.

Meg Quinn, TOY's Artistic Director, discusses the importance of what a child experiences at the Theatre of Youth.  The wonders, the possibilities and the joys of childhood in our modern age.

Amanda and Joe Popiolkowski reflect on their childhood at TOY working with their parents on everything involved to make stories for children come to life.

After seeing a TOY production of a Wrinkle in Time, Buffalo school students explain how they became interested in reading Madeleine L'Engle's classic.  You will see and hear from more TOY's child audience in the soon to be released documentary: Long Live TOY – Defending Children’s Theatre in the Nickel City.

 

In 1972, the Theatre of Youth Company (TOY) was founded. In this interview excerpt you will hear from Founders, Rosalind Cramer and Toni Smith Wilson, along with Meg Quinn as they discuss the purpose of children's theatre. You will hear more from the founders in the soon to be released documentary: Long Live TOY – Defending Children’s Theatre in the Nickel City. 

Saul Elkin is a celebrated actor, director and the founder of Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the second largest free outdoor Shakespeare festival in the United States.  He has been an advocate for the Buffalo cultural community since moving here from NYC.  His belief in the Theatre of Youth Company's work is evident in this excerpt from a wonderful interview he granted us while making the soon to be released documentary: Long Live TOY - Defending Children's Theatre in the Nickel City.

 

Arin Lee Dandes is just one of the very talented actors to grace the stage at Theatre of Youth (TOY). During TOY's 40th season she not only brought memorable characters to life but she did so with a keen understanding of the child audience. Arin continues to perform on the TOY stage and has recently co- founded Second Generation Theatre Company.  Arin's talents are showcased in the soon to be released documentary: LONG LIVE TOY, Defending Children's Theatre in the Nickel City.

JP Thimot is just one of the dedicated artists supporting the Theatre of Youth. For over 10 years his illustrations for TOY productions have charmed children and families.  JP is a great talent, and frankly a really nice guy, that has contributed a great deal to the documentary: LONG LIVE TOY - Defending Children's Theatre in the Nickel City.

Paul Todaro, an artist that returned to the region and his thoughts about the Theatrical assets that local leadership should be promoting on a national level.