We believe in joy.

  • The alchemy of theater has the ability to create magic.
  • Relentless enthusiasm and the power of wonder make miracles.
  • Fun is necessary; the best experiences are infused with laughter.

We believe in community.

  • It is our duty to create a safe place of belonging for those who need one; inclusion is foundational to community.
  • The contribution of each creates the whole.
  • Making theater makes lives better. 

We believe in excellence.

  • We are all competent; it is trust in our competence that builds capacity.
  • You are never too young to behave like a professional.
  • No problem is too big or too small to solve, but failure is a valued option. 

We believe in the intrinsic value of every individual.

  • Being your authentic, true self is not optional.
  • Creativity is catching; passion projects feed the soul.
  • Equity does not mean equal—it means fair, just, and right. We must always address inequities of opportunity.
  • Err on the side of kindness; when all else fails, love more. 

We believe that we’ve been given a gift that is not ours to keep.

  • We have a valued collective experience and a passion to pass it on.


JDS Legacy Group “gathers” for a zoom meeting during the pandemic