About Us: Who Are We?

Stimulus Children’s Theatre (Stim) is the University of Pennsylvania’s premier theatre company for young audiences. The mission of Stimulus Children’s Theatre Company is to produce shows that teach valuable lessons which resonate with audiences of all ages. Students at the University of Pennsylvania share stories that communicate themes we feel are important to pass on to young audiences, such as friendship, acceptance and compassion.

In addition to the shows we perform on campus each semester, Stim go out into the Philadelphia community to share the wonders of theatre with those who might not otherwise be able to experience it. We also do a variety of things such as pre- and post-show workshops, story tellings, interactive shows, and more. Stim works to enable those who work on our projects and experience them to feel empowered through our messages, support, and encouragement. We’re a group of big kids passionate about performing for, empowering, teaching, sharing with, and enriching the lives of little kids and big kids alike. Our shows always teach some kind of lesson, whether moral, philosophical, or one of song and dance.

From musicals like Willy Wonka, Seussical: the Musical, or Disney’s High School Musical to plays such as Charlotte’s Web, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Little Prince, Stim performs a variety of shows that are enjoyable for all ages. Encouraging everyone to chase their dreams, Stim has also performed student and alum-written shows such as Detention, The Prince and the Wooglefoof, and Cirque. 

Stim began small: founded in 1988, we traveled with a set made only of two flat walls and six colorful cubes, and charged $1 for tickets. Our founders made up for our limitations in their passion for Stim’s mission and created a group that, over 30 years later, loves children and theatre, and brings this art to as many people as possible.