Accent on Youth (AOY) is a youth outreach program which produces relevant plays for young audiences. These productions, when used in conjunction with counseling tools, are a unique approach to delving into and guiding our youth through such difficult and significant issues as drug abuse, physical abuse, conflict resolution, date rape, teen suicide, and other key social issues that face the youth of today.
We are not trained counselors; however, this program is designed to act as a catalyst in guiding those students in need of help to the proper support and counsel. It is our job to instigate recognition and initiate change through the power of live theatre.
Accent on Youth opened productions in January 2007 within the Chagrin Valley School System, producing four separate plays aimed at the issues and maturity of specific age groups. AOY uses professional directors and primarily cast from the talent found within Chagrin schools.
AOY promises to be an organization of value and relevance to the entirety of Greater Cleveland youth. We plan to expand to the fullest of our capabilities without sacrificing our product or those we serve.
AOY has been made possible through the interest and guidance of the Ridgecliff Foundation.
Julia Kolibab, Teacher & Coordinator
Julia Kolibab, director of our Youth Theatre program since 1996 and the long-time coordinator of AOY, holds an MFA in theatre from Case Western Reserve University. She is a professional actor and member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Julia has appeared at The Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cesear’s Forum, Ensemble Theatre, Willoughby Fine Arts, and the Working Theatre as well as performing both abroad and in New York City.
She has taught at CWRU, Laurel School, Hathaway Brown, Beaumont, Willoughby School of Fine Arts, the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy, and has directed nearly one hundred plays for the CVLT youth theatre.
Additionally, she has served as the producer of Dobama Theatre’s Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival in Cleveland Heights. Julia is committed to helping young people experience the joy and confidence that comes from participating in an acting program.