The New Paradigm Theatre (NPT) is a nonprofit, professional theatre with a leadership mentoring program that includes a Youth Board of teens aged 13-19.
These youth apply to be on the Youth Board of Directors and run the board exactly like the adult board of directors. They meet every month to discuss policy, fundraising events, and how to manage a nonprofit.
“NPT has been incredibly helpful for me over the years, not only because it has it given me amazing experiences with theatre, but taught me how to give back to the community. I have learned how to be a good leader and know how it feels to help people in need. Through our events, I have seen firsthand how we can help the people in our community, by giving a few hours of our time to volunteer and even the through effect of the message we give in the shows we put on. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities that NPT has offered me that I would never have gotten otherwise and for helping me grow as a person and as a performer.” – Michelle Levine (17 yrs old -Trumbull)
“NPT is a very welcoming environment. It allows you to experience an outlook on how to market ideas, discuss leadership postions, and make a difference in the theatrical world. While our mission statement is to foster creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through the theatre arts, we fully support anyone with those passions and interests in making a difference!” -Nikayla Ashley (17 yrs old – Norwalk)
“Joining the Youth Board of NPT has seriously changed my life. I have learned so much and I have grown so much as a person throughout my four years on the board. I started out as a very timid freshman who was nervous to talk during meetings, and I now run meetings as the President Emeritus of the board. I have grown out of my shell, which has lead me to take on leadership positions around my community. I have NPT to thank for this transformation and I will always be grateful to this organization!” -Marie Fulda (17 yrs old – Fairfield)
Our Current Youth Board
President: Emily Kopstein (Milford)
President Emeritus: Julia Levine (Trumbull)
Treasurer: Sydney Maher (Milford)
Secretary: Michelle Levine (Milford)
Head of Marketing Committee: Sydney Maher (Milford)
Head of Board Recruitment Committee: Kayley Henderson (Milford)
Board, Marie Fulda, Jimi Wright, Michelle Levine, Julia Levine, Talia Hankin, Sydney Maher, Nikayla Ashley (Norwalk). Jaden Bonfietti (Milford), Emily Kopstein (Milford), Devon Verma (Milford), Sara Santacruz (Fairfield), Ajibola Tajudeen (Bridgeport), Jimi Wright (Milford), Marie Fulda (Fairfield)
If you have a teen who would like to apply please write to firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest.
Some recent NPT Youth Board events include: Soup kitchen, Singing at a Blue Fish game, Performing at the Zoo (for Center for Family justice), our monthly meetings, attending production meetings for our Peter Pan production.