Backstory Theatre

Backstory Theatre

Backstory Theatre Becoming A Leader

Becoming A Leader


Backstory Theatre

Backstory Theatre Becoming A Leader

9th - 12th grade


Sat, Jan 28, 2023 - Mar 18, 2023

8 classes

11:00am - 12:30pm MST


555 Burbank St, Unit Q, Broomfield, CO 80020


Backstory T., Kendle B., Kelly B., Kendle B., Kelly B.


20 students


Sibling Discount

Class Experience

Becoming A Leader: 

This class is open to any teens interested in leadership. It is also a required course for any teens applying to our BYLP (BackStory Youth Leadership Program).

Becoming A Leader Prerequisite class, may attend in person, hybrid or view class recordings asynchronously. Class will culminate in a portfolio that students applying for BYLP will present at their interview. (All required portfolio items will be created during class time).
CLASS RUNS: Sat. January 28th  - March 18th at 11:00am - 12:30pm
Class overview: 
-Intro to Leadership -Ethics - Creating your Own Code of Ethics (Portfolio item) - Leadership Styles (Portfolio item) - Personality Inventories (Portfolio item) - Success Paradox -Goal Setting (Portfolio item) -Ethical Dilemmas and Case Studies -Resumes, Project Management, Planning & Organizing (Portfolio item/s)

Kelly Bidstrup Graham has been teaching leadership to young people for nearly a decade through workshops, formal classes, and developing leadership structures within her performing arts programs. In this course teens will learn about ethics, leadership styles, problem solving, communication, and how to be effective as a leader whether you are in charge or not. This class will provide you with the foundational understanding nessesary to be a BYLP member, a production team member, a cast mate, an awesome student, a good director, or a future trainer, teacher, speaker, or employee. Whether you plan to be a leader, find yourself in that position or never have to be in charge, learning about leadership and what effective leadership looks like is a valuable skill applicable not only to the performing arts but to every field of study or future job you may find yourself in. By the end of the class students will be able to identify their own codes of ethics, what leadership style/s best fit them and how their strengths and personality both help and weaken their effectiveness, and students will leave with tangible tools and knowledge that prepares them for whatever leadership and planning work their future holds.  This is an Advanced level class, lecture and discussion based. 

Important info for students interested in BYLP:

*note, BYLP participation is not a requirement for the leadership class

  • ALL Current BYLP Members will need to reapply for 2023 just the same as prospective new members. (Current seniors are still eligible through the summer)
  • This Leadership Class offered in January is a mandatory prerequisite and part of the BYLP application process. (There will be multiple ways for students to "attend" this class as needed - more details below and at the parent meeting).
  • BYLP members are required to volunteer for at least 1 outreach event each year.
  • BYLP members must commit to be mentored by a BST teaching artist and to Co-teach at least 1, 2-week long summer camp class.
  • Parents, with their prospective BYLP students, must attend a mandatory informational meetings. (see below for upcoming dates) If neither meeting time is an option, you may schedule a time with Mary and/or Kelly to review.

Save the Dates:

  • Mandatory Prospective BYLP Meetings - Parent/guardian and student must attend either 1 of these 2 virtual meetings:

  • December 11th - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Video call link:
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 903-502-4450‬ PIN: ‪976 053 615‬#
  • December 20th - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Video call link:
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 803-594-3798‬ PIN: ‪966 890 437‬#
    • BYLP Mandatory Retreat - May 7th - All Day

    At the parent meeting we will discuss outreach sign ups for 2023 as well as application deadlines, what to expect with summer co-teaching, and interview dates. Sign ups and further application details will also be shared during class. We will also have the summer teaching schedule ready for your reference - final scheduling conflicts are due by the retreat.


    Class meets Saturdays 11:00am - 12:30pm @ BackStory Theatre (555 Burbank St, Unit Q, Broomfield, CO 80020 - we are the last unit in the last building on your left as you enter the parking lot.)

    Students should wear clothes they can move freely in and closed-toed shoes
    Flip-flops and other slip-on shoes present tripping hazards in class. If your class requires other clothing, please take note in the class description.

    Please bring a WATER BOTTLE, and if applicable, bring a pencil, and highlighter to every class.
    If your class is scripted, once scripts are distributed, they should also be brought to every class. Any materials you are provided, or are asked to bring, should be brought to every class.

    Class details, such as performances or other information, will be sent by the directing team during the class week to the email used to register for class.



    Please be mindful of prompt drop-off and pick-up times as late arrivals negatively impact the entire cast and late pick-ups may prevent instructors from meeting other evening performance and teaching obligations.

    Please review our COVID policies for health and safety prior to class at

    Sample Class Format

    • Each week students will explore and build upon the previous week learning about many facets of leadership, preparing students for any leadership roles they may take on, whether that's applying for BYLP or something at school or in the broader community.
    • Students have some flexibility in the way they attend class, students may attend in person or via zoom. These classes will be recorded for students who need to miss a class or two, or if they cannot attend during the time slot (it is strongly advised that students only use this option if they absolutely cannot be there, and they are deeply invested in the material/applying for BYLP).
    • Class will culminate in a portfolio that students who are applying for BYLP will present during their application interview. For non-BYLP participants, items from this portfolio will be valuable in other settings. If you're looking for a more tailored project, please discuss with the instructor.
    • Class overview:  -Intro to Leadership -Ethics - Creating your Own Code of Ethics (Portfolio item) - Leadership Styles (Portfolio item) - Personality Inventories (Portfolio item) - Success Paradox -Goal Setting (Portfolio item) -Ethical Dilemmas and Case Studies -Resumes, Project Management, Planning & Organizing (Portfolio item/s)

    Other Things To Know

    Holiday Schedule
    See Schedule
    Cancellation Policy

    Fees will not be refunded with fewer than 48 hours notice of cancellation. Refunds are only available for requets made at least 48 hours in advance of a class start date: 6% cancellation fee applies or receive a 100% class credit.

    What To Bring

    • Students should bring a computer, writing utensil, and notebook.
    • Water bottle & non-crumbly snacks (we discussed a rotating brunch situation that we can work out if we want to. )

    Backstory Theatre Location

    BackStory Theatre

    555 Burbank St, Unit Q, Broomfield, CO 80020