About the STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy

We strive to make STAGES an integral part of Hillsboro’s art and culture community, making Hillsboro a better place to raise children.

The Dream Realized

Cindy Wilkins, Hillsboro resident, mother of eight (8), and an avid supporter of the performing arts envisioned a performing arts center for children. She quickly reached out to Donald Cleland with her vision. But working as a full time teacher left Donald little time to dedicate to Cindy’s dream. As Donald moved toward semi-retirement, together he and Cindy set out to gather additional willing souls, and STAGES performing Arts Youth Academy was born.

The Foundation

STAGES opened its doors in the fall of 2010, offering a variety of theater classes to children in grades k-12. Our classes focus on basic theater education and include some specialty classes such as musical theater. Our instructors not only have a passion for theater, but experience working with children. At least two of our teachers are credited teachers in the State of Oregon.

“Shaping the lives of children and young adults through performing arts.”

Join the fun - Get involved with STAGES

Do you have a passion for the arts? Are you interested in lending your skills and/or talents to the children of Hillsboro? We’re always looking for volunteers.

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