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As a nonprofit organization located in the heart of Swope Park, Starlight is proud to provide community engagement programming that reaches more than 30,000 Kansas Citians each year.

Through transformative education and training programs, innovative partnerships with community organizations, and essential free access initiatives, Starlight enriches the lives of participants and creates meaningful community connection.


Starlight provides several educational training programs where young people can access professionals in the arts industry. Through scholarships, workshops, master classes, and internships, Starlight is proud to play a part in equipping the next generation of artists, technicians, and arts administrators.

Vincent Legacy Scholarship

Starlight proudly awards Vincent Legacy Scholarships to BIPOC middle school students throughout metropolitan Kansas City.

Vincent Legacy Scholarship winner

Starlight Stars

The Starlight Stars program is structured to develop and hone the skills of high school performers.

Kids performing on the Spotlight Stage at Starlight

Stars of Tomorrow

The Starlight Stars of Tomorrow program is designed to help middle school students build a foundation of performance skills.

Kids rehearsing a dance


Starlight’s Bob Rohlf Internship Program offers full-time, paid opportunities to work with industry professionals throughout our organization each summer.

2022 Starlight interns

Tech Theatre Training

Tech Theatre Training is designed to equip Kanas City area high school students with the skills and training that can lead to a fruitful career in the theatre and entertainment industries.

Stage house with lights and audience before a show.


School partnerships are an invaluable means of connecting students in our community with the transformative power of the arts. Together, Starlight and educational institutions across the greater Kansas City area combine resources to connect students to trajectory-changing programs.

Blue Star Awards

Starlight’s annual Blue Star Awards recognize achievement and excellence in musical theatre among Kansas City area high school students.

Performances for Schools and Young Audiences

Starlight is proud to present live performances for local students to attend during the school day as a field trip.


Starlight forms hundreds of unique partnerships with organizations to support diverse communities through high-quality arts experiences. By offering free tickets to live events, activating our historic facility for community-building, and developing programming in partnership, Starlight seeks to build bridges and collaborate with local organizations.

Community Tickets

To keep arts accessible to all, Starlight proudly donates thousands of Broadway tickets to local charities each year.

Four women posing in front of the stage house

Arts Bridge

Starlight’s Arts Bridge program leverages the power of the arts for community building in Kansas City.

Dancers from Ailey Trio performing at Starlight

Just Imagine

This travelling interactive theatre program reaches hundreds of children each year at schools, community centers, and other nonprofits serving families across Kansas City.

An adult male and a young boy acting out a scene

Ticket Donations

Starlight is proud to donate tickets to local nonprofits for fundraising events each year.

A young girl standing by a woman with her arm around her

Great to see a creative organization and long-standing KC institution take community engagement seriously with mindfulness, respect and intentionality.”

Dr. Jacob Wagner UMKC Center for Neighborhoods

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