Ep. 24: Talking About Theater for Young Audiences with Noah Putterman

Ep. 24: Talking About Theater for Young Audiences with Noah Putterman

 
 
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For those of you who follow the RDU on Stage website, you might remember back to last March when I interviewed some of the cast and creatives behind the Theatre Raleigh production of WHERE WORDS ONCE WERE. When I sat down with them to talk about the play, mind you this was a very serious play along the lines of 1984 or something, Director Noah Putterman mentioned that children’s theater in this country still has a long way to go when it comes to presenting content that is challenging, entertaining, and engaging. And this piqued my curiosity. So, I asked Noah to sit down with me again to explain what he meant by his statement and to have an in-depth conversation about theater for young audiences.

About the Guest

As the Director of Theatre for Youth at Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth, TX (’13 – ’18), Noah directed over thirty productions, including in-house and touring productions for families and young audiences in the acclaimed Apprentice Program. His original show, SANTA CLAUS: THE MUSICAL, premiered at Casa Mañana and has thus far received subsequent productions at South Carolina Children’s Theatre and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Additional directing credits include Lyric Stage (Dallas, TX), Circle Theatre (Fort Worth), and the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). Acting credits include work with the Acting Company of NYC (Off-Broadway/national tours), Guthrie Theatre, Alpine Theatre Project, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Casa Mañana, North Carolina Theatre, and Theatre Raleigh. Currently based in California, Noah hails from Raleigh and graduated from Enloe High School. He is a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program.

Local Resources

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