Who We Are

Maggie Knott, Artistic Director

Maggie Knott established, taught, and administered the highly successful youth theatre program at Lakewood Playhouse from 1999 until 2012. She has directed over 100 productions involving young people ages 5-18. Knott has been continuously teaching and directing young people in the south sound area for over 20 years including Metro Parks Tacoma, Let's Pretend Circus, North End Children's Theatre, Tacoma Little Theatre, Lakewood Playhouse, Tacoma Public Schools, Clover Park Schools, Peninsula District Schools, Puyallup District Schools, Temple Beth El, and Saint Patrick's School.

Scott Campbell, Managing Director

The winner of two Emmy Awards, Scott Campbell has worked as a writer, television producer, media consultant, and communications director. A talented director, actor, and designer, Campbell's artistry has met with high praise from audiences and critics for over a decade. Campbell previously served as the Associate Managing Artistic Director of Lakewood Playhouse and the Managing Artistic Director of Tacoma Little Theatre.

Our Theatre

Maggie Knott and Scott Campbell

Tacoma Youth Theatre is designed specifically for the safe, hands-on learning of young artists. ALL actors learn best ‘on their feet,’ and each show provides a total theatre experience – ultimately culminating in performances, complete with set, props, lighting, sound & costumes.

Throughout this process, all instruction is designed to give both beginning and experienced young actors the tools necessary to advance in their understanding of the art form. We’ll play a variety of games and exercises that both help to facilitate the ultimate goal of performance, as well as promoting such general skills as: teamwork, self-confidence, responsibility, basic human empathy and understanding, creativity and communication.

Here are some other things you can expect from Tacoma Youth Theatre:

  • We have a Montessori approach to theatre education, with plenty of hands-on learning opportunities.
  • We have a deep understanding and appreciation for each young artist's unique thought process and learning style. We respect each young actor's individuality and work hard to ensure everyone's success.
  • We highly value diversity.
  • Each program typically includes between 10-20 actors to ensure that each young artist receives the individualized instruction and attention that they deserve.
  • We primarily adapt our own plays from public domain works. We do not currently produce musicals.
  • Each cast member will always have a speaking, vital role in their production, and complete ownership of their character.


924B Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98403

Tacoma Youth Theatre is located in a 88 seat black-box theatre housed on the first floor of the Historic Pythian Hall, right across the street from the Broadway Center.

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