About Us: Who Are We?

Stimulus Children’s Theatre Company is the University of Pennsylvania’s premier children-oriented theatre group. We perform for elementary schools, community centers, day care centers, hospitals, and elderly care facilities. We supplement our program with classroom workshops before and after each performance, in which we teach our audiences about theatre.

Stimulus was founded in 1988 by Penn students who wanted to bring theatre to the children of Philadelphia. We perform a variety of children’s shows, ranging from musicals: A Year with Frog and Toad, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, and Willy Wonka, to straight plays: Robin Hood, James and the Giant Peach, and Charlotte’s Web. We even write some of our own plays, like Cirque.

Our shows always teach some kind of lesson, whether moral, philosophical, or song and dance related. We convey the show’s message to Philadelphia kids not only in our on-campus shows, but also in our pre- and post-show workshops and our community shows that we perform in places other than Penn theaters.

At the time of its founding in 1988, Stimulus was a rather small organization with limited capabilities. Even so, the original members managed to put on great shows for the community. Twenty-five years later, we are able to do much more for our ever-changing and growing community. What hasn’t changed?The general love of children and theater that drives Stimulus.

If you like kids and theatre, and are interested in joining Stimulus, or you just want to learn more about what we do, feel free to email us. We would love to hear from you!