The mission of Enchanted Forest Children’s Theater is to provide opportunities to children of all abilities to explore the magical world of theater through the use of child centered play building and creative dramatics.
EFCT is a branch in the tree of Hope Tree Acres, a 501c3
Sarah Kiani is the founder and artistic director of Enchanted Forest Children's Theater. She moved to Hastings in August and is presently establishing Enchanted Forest Children's Theater locally in conjunction with the downtown Hastings theater space at Hastings Arts Center.
Sarah Kiani has been acting, directing and teaching theater with children for the past 28 years. Her roots began as an actor and writer in the Twin Cities and where she worked with Stepping Stone Theater for Youth Development as an artist educator for 15 years. Sarah lived in Ireland for one year where she worked with the Dublin Youth Theater. She is presently a company actor at Celtic Phoenix Theater, the resident theater company of the Celtic Junction in Saint Paul, Mn. Enchanted Forest Children's Theater (formally called Tir na nOg) has performed at the Minnesota Irish Fair for ten years and the Iowa Irishfest for 4 years. Sarah lived in New York City for 4 years where she expanded her theater training. In Orlando she formed Tir na nOg Children's Theater and taught classes in schools and directed original performances for 5 years. Sarah has directed and produced over 100 shows for and with children ages 3-18. Enchanted Forest Children's Theater is dedicated to creating original performances in the tradition of devising (otherwise know as "play building") where the actors create or re-tell original stories and build the play as they go. Children are validated and their creativity is expanded through this engaging process. Enchanted Forest Children's Theater mission is to inspire and encourage children of all backgrounds and abilities to grow and create through the magical world of theater. Sarah lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa for 6 years and was happy to be working with the children and families of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area with the Cedar Valley Community Theater at Oster Regent Theater. Sarah now lives in Hastings, Mn and is looking forward to establishing roots back in her home state and building partnerships in Minnesota. Currently 2 camps are being offered for summer 2019.
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