About the Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Artist Statement

We believe that every child, not just the dramatically talented, should be given the opportunity to learn and grow through the drama experience. Our programs explore a vast array of ideas, topics and/or subjects, with drama as the method of exploration. By using a variety of strategies that challenge multiple intelligences within a structure of sequential learning events, we challenge participants to solve problems creatively and use higher order thinking to foster affective skills like critical thinking, self-expression, and self-confidence. We believe that it is important to celebrate differences and look for commonalities, empathizing with multiple points of view to enrich inter-personal and intra-personal relationships. Our programs are designed with an awareness of the particular needs, interests and concerns of the diversity of people, cultures and communities of Hawaiʻi.

Artist Biography

Honolulu Theatre for Youth has an international reputation for providing quality drama education to young people of all ages, experience, and ability. HTY’s drama education classes and workshops are offered in support of the Department of Education’s HCPS III. They provide students with the opportunity to exercise their imaginations, become responsible for their own learning, learn to work well with others, be risk-takers and problem-solvers, and produce quality work.

Teaching Artists

  • Daniel A. Kelin, II
  • Lily Crumpton (Assistant Director of Drama Education)
  • Clara Whippy
  • Jonathan Sypert


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About the Artistic Teaching Partner Roster

The Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster is an adjudicated directory of Hawai‘i professional teaching artists qualified to conduct in-depth residencies in educational settings. Each artist or arts organization has a page in the directory with contact information, a short bio, and an artist statement. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts draws from this roster for arts education programs including Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and Artists in the Schools.