Cleveland Youth Theater Project was founded by Emma Shepard in 2017 in hopes to create affordable educational opportunities in the performing arts. Each six-week course ends with a performance open to family and friends so that students can gain experience performing in front of an audience and parents get to see what their child has learned. All classes are held at The Magalen Gallery in Cleveland's beautiful and artistic Slavic Village district.
Emma Shepard is an actress and musician based in Cleveland with a decade of experience in all areas of the performing arts. She plays out regularly as a live musician and has experience acting on stage and for camera. Her experience also includes assistant directing, stage managing, lighting & sound, costumes and stage make-up. In 2010, she was inducted into the National Thespian Honors Society for her well-rounded work in theater.