Stages For Youth is now Fourthwall Youth Studios, a filmmaking and digital media program for youth in Junior High and High School. We are located at 1324A Main St. in the heart of Cincinnati’s resurgent OTR district and offer summer and after school programming in filmmaking, digital media and technology.
At Fourthwall, we are a cast of catalysts, creative artists, expert dreamers, legendary storytellers and tech wizards – you just don’t know us yet. We will ensure you keep making it, until you make it. Whether you come to ignite your creative genius or to meet a few new friends, we will have an excellent journey together. Before you know it you will be on your way to realizing a dream and developing skills necessary to achieve it.
Are you ready to break the Fourth Wall??

“Side Effects” wins the 2017 OINK Film Festival-Best Narrative

Congrats to Isabella Siska, Hassan El’Cheikh, Yahkira Yisrael and K. Riley Bachman for bringing home the bacon at the OINK Film Festival n December. Their film “Side Effects” won the Best Narrative category.

Here’s a link to “Side Effects”, an exquisite piece of filmmaking, completed…from script to screen…in only two weeks!

Fourthwall Youth Studios

We are thrilled to move into our new space on Main St. in OTR. We have creative huddle spaces, a conference/meeting area, edit suites, a pool out back, and 350 acres of locations in OTR to help our students make beautiful films. Please stop by. We’d love to show off our studio.

Summer Film Camps

Our award winning summer film camp is back. Camp is open to students in Junior High or High School (ages 13 and up). Students will make a short film from script through editing, take part in workshops along the way and get to meet and be mentored by professional filmmakers.
Camp 1-June 11-June 22, 9-3, M-F
Camp 2-July 23-Aug 3, 9-3, M-F

See class schedule for more details and to register.


Students! Interested in working on paid projects for real clients?

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Businesses and Organizations Interested in being a client?
Click on our Crews For Hire page for more on why this is so important.

Fourthwall Youth Studio participants will be immersed in an intensive, hands-on, professional style production. All equipment will be provided. We will mentor you through the production process and take you on field trips to companies where creativity is applied on a daily basis. You and your team will expected to complete a finished film, on time and on budget.

You will go through the following production process as you make your film as part of a team.

You will also develop skills you may not have but will need >>>


  • Film Critique
  • Story Development
  • Script Writing
  • Production Planning
  • Script Breakdown/Shot Blocking
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • Graphics and Animation
  • Field Trips
  • Premiere
  • Film Festival Submissions


Parents & Students! ART = 21st CENTURY SKILLS

SKILLS GAP: Percentage of employers who say graduates' 21st Century skills are falling short in these critical areas. The filmmaking discipline can help you develop many of these skills and get you ready for your next adventure.

Working Effectively with Others in Teams — 63%
 Critical/Analytical Thinking — 74%
Being Innovative/Creative — 75%
Written Communication — 73%
Applying Knowledge/Skills To Real World — 77%
Working With People From Different Backgrounds — 82%
Analyzing/Solving Complex Problems — 76%
Organizing/Evaluating Information — 71%

Reel News

Falling Short...

Employers give graduates lower scores for preparedness across learning outcomes than current students gives themselves.

The Association For American Colleges and Universities.


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