Stories of Impact: Kim Kern, TCT’s Managing Director & CEO

By The Children's Theatre

“When I joined TCT as Managing Director in 2013, my experience in the arts was that of a patron and the mother of a child attending the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, while my expertise was in nonprofit management, what I found upon my arrival was an organization full of magic, inspiration and imagination – and one ready for growth and opportunity.  In our 100th season, TCT is the oldest professional theatre for young audiences in the country, and my vision is to continue to support such growth to sustain the legacy of TCT for another 100 years.”

“In the past six years we have accomplished so much, such as purchasing and renovating a new home for TCT on Red Bank Road. Transitioning from a 10,000 sq. ft. rental property with one space in which to conduct rehearsals and classes, to a 29,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility with eight classroom/studio spaces, a 152-seat theater, a MainStage rehearsal space, costume shop and vault and administrative offices led to tremendous growth for the organization.  For the first time in TCT history, our reach extended to over 200,000 families and children through our three divisions:  TCT MainStage at the Taft, TCT on Tour and TCT Academy.  While numbers certainly speak to success, it’s the more subjective stories of impact that I have witnessed first-hand that fuel my passion for TCT.”

“Stories such as the fact that no school ever pays more than $8 a ticket (even though it costs us $25 per child), and as a result, teachers tell us all the time we are often their students’ first, and only, experience with live theatre. Parents tell stories of creating family memories that will last a lifetime, and the joy they experience through watching their children’s reactions to our Broadway-quality, yet age-appropriate productions.”

“Stories of how our partnership with the Educational Theatre Foundation, beginning in 2018, to take over the day-to-day operations of their local JumpStart Theatre initiative a program designed to build sustainable music theatre programs in underserved middle schools has had life-changing impact on the students involved.”

“This is my story, and this is our story – and for all of it I am immensely grateful.”