About Running to Places

Mission Statement:
Running to Places (R2P) is a youth development organization that seeks to foster a safe and supportive community where any interested youth has the opportunity to learn important life skills through theatre.
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We Create Theatre.
Running to Places (R2P) is a youth community theatre company that brings together middle & high school students from across the area. Our company rehearses and performs a complete season of fully-staged productions, reaching an audience of over 5,000 annually. By working with experienced mentors, company members learn best practices in a wide range of disciplines within the theatrical arts – from singing, acting, and dancing to lighting, sound, set design, costuming, choreography, and stage management.
“R2P has been my lifeline for high school. I’ve made friends through it who I know I will keep beyond R2P. It creates an environment where I feel safe and loved in a world where that always isn’t the case. R2P has encouraged me to be myself and to learn to love myself, and I am forever thankful.”

– Maddi, R2P Company Member

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We Tear Down Barriers.
Thanks to support from our community, participation in R2P is FREE. We have eliminated barriers to entry to keep our doors open to any interested young person, providing equitable opportunities for all. Everyone who auditions is offered a place in a show — no one is ever “cut” or excluded. Our welcoming community connects teens and families from across Tompkins County. They forge lasting friendships with people they otherwise would never have met.

If you would like to support us in our mission to keep participation FREE for every young person in our community, you can make a secure donation online now.
“R2P has shaped me in more ways then I can express. Because of the community I had in R2P I never felt that I had to hide who I was to be “cool” in middle or high school, so instead I had those 7 years to work on becoming the best version of myself possible. I am confident in who I am as a person. I have learned how to work hard and take notes, something that employers and professors respect. I learned how to make big and bold choices. I learned how to succeed and more importantly, how to fail. And I found some of the best friends and mentors I could have ever asked for.

– Ilana, R2P Alumna

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We Empower Youth.
We're in the business of youth development, helping raise our community's children and making excellent theatre in the process. We teach them life skills with theatre as both the means and the end. We provide a supportive environment for young people to grow as artists and citizens of the world. By treating youth with respect and nurturing them as artists, members of a community, and the future leaders of our society, we set the stage for them to become the best versions of themselves – for life!
"Running to Places provided a warm, nurturing, & supportive environment at just the perfect time in my daughter's development. R2P gave her a life beyond the petty antics and peer pressures of middle and high school. Not only did she develop strong bonds with her R2P peers, but R2P provided strong multi-generational bonds, with younger students, college students, and adult professionals. And the confidence and public presentation skills she developed will be invaluable in whatever her future brings."

– Paula, parent of an R2P company member