Here at Play is the Thing, we believe theatre is magic and can change the world.
Theatre is truly a team sport and we believe theatre and play can be used to teach any subject .
The benefit s of theatre participation are too many to number, but here is our short list of favorites:
- increased self-confidence
- creative problem-solving skills
- collaboration and sense of community
- respect and responsibility
- empathy and building character (both on and off the stage)
We could go on and on...
Come play with us!
Meet Our Cast
Founder, Principal Player
Jamie is a graduate of the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah and holds an MA in Applied Theatre (Theatre in the Community and Theatre in Education) from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK.
After eight years of incredible experiences and training as an instructor at Youth Theatre at the U at the University of Utah, Jamie moved to London in 2010 to pursue her Masters in Applied Theatre (Theatre in the Community & Theatre in Education). During her time in London, she facilitated drama workshops with various ages and groups, using drama participation to do everything from helping primary school children with speech, language and communication needs break through these barriers with storytelling and dramatic play (with the London Bubble's Speech Bubbles initiative), to encouraging support, connection and discovery of self-worth in a group setting for women in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse, using drama and theatre techniques to create healthy support systems and replace hazardous risk-taking behaviors with fulfilling and rewarding risk-taking through performance (with Outside Edge Theatre Company).
Upon completing her MA, Jamie and her young daughter moved back to the U.S. and Jamie landed her dream job at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, UT, where she has been Artistic & Managing Director of Egyptian YouTheatre since December, 2011.
A long-held dream, Jamie started Play is the Thing in the fall of 2020 to keep herself and her students creating and playing during the world-changing Covid-19 pandemic. Through outdoor classes, virtual productions, and amazing creative collaborations on new projects, Play is the Thing has proven that when the rules change, creativity helps us thrive and prevail!