Swings and Slides has been my first opportunity to explore children's theater as a director. Through a highly collaborative development process, playwrights Andrew Reid and Zachary Wilcox and I created a two-episode playground adventure for Pre-K students where instantly classic animal characters learn the value of teamwork, sharing, and being kind to others. With the guidance of Acting for Young People's Founding Artistic Director Mary Lechter, we strove to create characters that children would be "fans" of. Additional collaborations with the cast produced our original theme song, "Teamwork!" Swings and Slides is designed to travel to different locations - elementary schools, outdoors, libraries, libraries and beyond.

 Justin Sumblin as Jeffrey and Jackie Salvador as Sandra

Justin Sumblin as Jeffrey and Jackie Salvador as Sandra

Producing Organization: Acting for Young People
Dates: June 2017
Playwrights: Andrew Reid and Zachary Wilcox
Photography: Kaity Cookson and Savanna Stanton-Aimeison