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.

At Fourthwall, we are a cast of creative artists, expert dreamers, legendary storytellers and tech wizards – you just don’t know us yet.
We are a Cast of Catalysts that will ensure you keep making it, until you make it. Whether you came 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.
The 4th Wall is an imaginary boundary in the creative arts between the audience and the actors. Are you ready to break it?

Our after school filmmaking session starts Monday, February 12th. We will meet each Monday and Wednesday, as well as some Saturdays, through late March at our studio at 1324 main St. in OTR. Participating students will develop a script, learn how to plan a production, participate in camera and audio production workshops, shoot, and edit as they collaborate to make their own short film. Throughout the process they will mentored by industry professionals, develop critical 21st skills, and have a strong addition to their portfolio. There is no cost to participate but class sizes are limited. Contact us now for more details.

Stages For Youth wins the 2017 Do Good Initiative from Hyperquake

We are so thrilled and honored to have been selected by Hyperquake as the winner of the 2017 Do Good Initiative. Hyperquake, a Cincinnati based branding agency, will help Stages For Youth develop our own brand identity as we prepare for the next step in the evolution of our program.

At The White House

Seven of our 2016 film bootcamp students were invited to The White House to celebrate their filmmaking accomplishments as winners of “Honorable Mention” in the 2016 White House Student Film Festival.

They also participated in South By South Lawn (SXSL) where they got to hang out with some of the country’s best filmmakers, artists, technologists and scientists.

Only 25 films were chosen nationally to receive this award and to have two films selected in one year was quite an honor! Congratulations to the “Don’t Tell Me” team and the “Frere” team for their achievements.


The “Gesture” team brought home two awards in 2016. Not only was their film an Official Selection in the Calgary International Film Festival, they were also selected to the All American High School Film Festival in New York.

The latter honor included a screening at the AMC Theater on Times Square!

Congrats to the “Gesture” team of Rozwell Alexander (McNicholas), Kennedy Askew (Clark Montessori), Aaron Estes (Clark Montessori) and Jake Wuennemann (Springer School) for their amazing work.

School For Creative & Performing Arts

This year we were excited to help the School For Creative and Performing Arts implement their first film production bootcamp. Over the course of two weeks, sixteen SCPA students were involved in the production of four short films.

The films produced were “Mask”, “The Deadly Deal”, “True Colors” and “Side Effects”.

We are looking forward to continuing our partnership and helping SCPA bring film production to future students.

Stages for Youth 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


Yo Parents! ART = 21st CENTURY SKILLS

SKILLS GAP: Percentage of employers who say graduates are is serious need of more preparation in these critical areas...

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%

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

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