What once was a small theatre ministry created by mother and daughter pair Evelyn and Christina Hoff, is now a full-blown theatre offering classes for children as young as 5.
The nonprofit theatre, Fabrefaction, is located in west Midtown, and offers a Young Artists Series for kids, ages 5 to 19, giving them the opportunity to perform under the same direction as professional actors.
The theatre’s Artistic Director Christina Hoff said the foundation of Fabrefaction is based on teaching children to act.
“The work we do is 50-50,” she said, “between doing shows with professional actors and student actors.”
The theatre’s entire summer programming is dedicated to educational programming in the Young Artists Series, she said, and the next show will be a middle school and high school production of Hairspray, set to run from July 19 through July 21.
Buckhead resident Laura Doman said her 9-year-old daughter Rachel calls Fabrefaction her second home.
“It’s not your run-of-the-mill theatre camp,” she said. “From 9 to 4, they work with them to teach them music, dance steps, blocking, and at the end of five days, they have a beautifully produced show. It has the professionalism of an adult theatre.”
Christina Hoff said Febrefecation is unique in that it offers performance-based education.
“We believe you learn acting by doing,” she said. “We keep a very personal docket of each child. … I love watching them get on stage and gain confidence.”
Christina Hoff said the main take-away she hopes to give children is an appreciation for theatre.
“A very small percentage of kids we work with will go on to be actors and directors,” she said. “Whether they grow up to be doctors, lawyers or anything else, I hope they will be lifelong theatre patrons. … It is a dying art form in America.”
Doman said her daughter has improved her poise, public speaking skills and confidence during her time at Fabrefaction.
“They’re really developing kids,” she said. “Christina Hoff has a passion for theatre and allowing children to experience it.”
Febrefaction offers one-week summer camps for elementary school students, two-week camps for middle school and high school students, as well as classes throughout the school year.