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About Fourthwall Youth Studios

Our mission is to help youth find their voice and express their individuality through digital and performance arts, to change the trajectory of their own lives, those around them, and their community.

Few disciplines require the participant to be creative and a techie, to be a meticulous planner, to think big picture and little picture, to think on their feet to handle the curve balls that will surely come their way, to be a team builder and a peace maker, a collaborator and a friend, to do it all against an impossible deadline, and to have the thickest of skins…because in the end the ROI is as simple as it gets…people like it or they don’t.

If they can handle this, they can handle anything life throws at them.

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Participating students range in age from 12 to 20 primarily in Junior High and High School. Although many attend traditional schools, many also attend non-traditional schools, credit recovery and GED programs.

  • Aiken
  • Bethany House (Shelter)
  • Clark
  • Home Educated
  • Cincinnati Job Corps
  • Leaves of Learning
  • Magic Johnson Bridgescape School (Virtual)
  • McNicholas
  • Mercy
  • Ohio Connections Academy
  • Purcell Marian
  • SCPA
  • Seven Hills
  • Springer
  • Cincinnati Squash Academy
  • St.Josephs
  • Summit
  • Waldorf
  • Walnut
  • Withrow
  • YWCA/Rosie’s Girls (YWCA)
Activities Beyond The Classroom is an after school activities program dedicated to serving students within the Cincinnati Public School district (CPS). ABC currently services 13 schools by providing extra curricular arts, music and sports activities.  ABC acts as fiduciary agent for Fourthwall Youth Studios.

Fourthwall Youth Studios | Behind the Scenes

Eric Hengehold, Production Supervisor
Eric has been with Fourthwall since its inception. A graduate of Cincinnati State, majoring in Video Production, Eric is the rising talent in the Cincinnati film scene. He has expertise in shooting, editing, lighting and audio. He had been lead or assistant editor on numerous full length features and served as crew on documentaries, commercials, marketing videos and films.

Frank O'Farrell, Director
Frank had many years of experience as a Writer/Producer before moving into the tech start-up world. Most recently he worked with Hugo Boss Fashions as part of their E-Commerce team. Now back into the industry he loves, Frank is also part of the Adjunct Faculty at UC where he teaches Film Production as well as Creativity and Ideation courses to CCM, DAAP and Arts & Sciences students. Frank serves on the board of Voyageur Media and on the Contemporary Arts Center Education Committee.

Brian Leshner, Executive Director, ABC
Brian is a graduate of Walnut Hills High School as well as Northwestern University. Prior to accepting a position as Executive Director of ABC, Brian served as the Regional Director for the Walnut Hills High School Alumni Foundation. Mr. Leshner currently serves on the Board of the Cincinnati Tennis Club. He has also served as Co-Chairman for the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame, and numerous boards in and around the Cincinnati area.


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