Boulder YC 2019-2020

Two exciting changes coming to Boulder Young Chautauqua this school year!

  • We’re expanding our program to begin this fall, with our first meeting scheduled for September 4th, 2019. This earlier start date will allow for more research time, higher quality writing instruction, and a more relaxed pace overall for creating your amazing YC projects. We hope to meet every other week throughout the fall to focus on high quality research & writing skills. In the spring our meetings will usually be 3 times per month, when we’ll focus on the keys to creating a vibrant performance.  Thanks to the generosity of Frasier Meadows Retirement Community we will continue to meet at their facilities on Wednesday afternoons, 4:30-6pm.
  • We’re thrilled to announce that Melanie Rosenberg will be stepping into the role of Acting Director and will lead all of our YC meetings this year.   Melanie has performed with Boulder YC for 7 years and has been our student leader for two years, leading several of our meeting sessions last year. We’re excited that she’ll be sharing her wealth of experience and strong leadership skills with our students full time this year!  Chris Jensen and Jane Rosenberg will advise and facilitate Melanie’s work and will also continue to manage YC’s administrative tasks, and we’re grateful that Colorado Humanities will once again fund the fantastic acting coaching we receive from Susan Marie Frontczak.
  • Fee for full year program is $60 for September 2019 through May 2020. Download registration forms here, or contact for more information.


About our program:

The Boulder Young Chautauqua program guides students through the process of creating and presenting a ‘living history’ performance about a historical character of their choice. 

Each Young Chautauquan selects an inspiring person from history who possesses qualities, values, or life circumstances that the student can identify with in his or her own life.  The student researches this character and writes an original 5-15 minute monologue from the perspective of the historical person. Included in the monologue are aspects of the historical character’s personality, ideology, and the life-changing events that molded their character.  In addition to the monologue, each student prepares for two distinct question-and-answer sessions; first answering questions while remaining in character, and later answering questions as the researcher.

There’s lots more information on our website – just click on one of the menu options above. Also, be sure to check out photos of our talented students in action in the Photo Gallery or contact us if you have any questions!

Young Chautauqua students learn about so many different skills each semester, including:

  • finding and evaluating primary resources
  • creative writing
  • listening and critical thinking skills
  • historically & culturally appropriate writing
  • how to give and receive criticism gracefully
  • details about 10-15 different historical characters & time periods from fellow students’ projects
  • theater & performance skills
  • confident public speaking
  • quick thinking required to answer questions with poise
  • supporting and encouraging other students with a wide variety of skills

…. and many other unexpected experiences that our students could never have anticipated touching their lives.  From the simple pleasures of making folks at a senior center laugh, to turning the pages of a 100 year old newspaper, to being offered the opportunity to take your very first airplane flight ever (read about that story here), exciting and rewarding opportunities seem to show up for our students who are out in the community learning from others and sharing with others what they learn.  We hope you’ll join us! To register or learn more about our program, contact Chris at:

  • Photo Gallery: Click on the photo to see more of our talented students in action!

    S. as Julius Caesar

    S. as Julius Caesar