Kansas Academy of Theatrical Arts
Launching youth into their future!

Kansas Academy of Theatrical Arts is a faith inspired ecumenical organization that respects and serves young people from all faith traditions. We believe that every child is uniquely created by God with a treasure of potential. The arts have been proven to have a tangible and powerful effect on students reaching this potential in academics, self-efficacy and social demeanor. We believe that these life skills can empower students to become agents of change in their communities.


To promote positive citizenship through involvement in the arts

  • To Generate in young people a sense of positive self image.
  • To create an appreciation of multi-cultural arts
  • To help the current generation become a creative asset to their community
  • To launch youth into the world of work
  • To build moral character                      
Kansas Academy of Theatrical Arts (KATA) has over 27 successful years of teaching performing arts and presentational skills to young people ages 5-18 years. Additionally, KATA mentors young adults into post high school education and into the world of work.  

Our workshops, training classes, and career events are sustained through tuition, local patrons, organization and foundation grants. We thank our on-going supporters: The Culture House Arts Academy,  The Puffin Foundation, and  The Arts Council of Kansas City,  
                        Collaborating and working with other community organizations is a priority for KATA. In the past we've had the privilege of working with Kansas City Kansas Community College Theatre Dept,   The Wyandotte County Library System and The Learning Club of KCK-https://learningclubkck.org/

           Our strength and uniqueness is innovative programs for youth from varied ethnic and economic background. We promise youth a safe place to work, play and achieve program objectives. Students have received scholarships to conservatories, trade schools, and colleges/universities as a result of their training at Kansas Academy summer theatre.  Our training provides social and people skills that benefit young people as they grow into the world of work. 
              KATA Alumni have become professionals  in different  job fields: theatre, music, television,  the theraputic arts,  medicine, education, business and technology, etc.
MOST importantly alumni have become creative and productive members of our community. They are moms and dads with creative children who NOW attend KATA. We love it!                     

FOUNDER  and Executive Director:  Mrs. Judith A Jones    

Mrs. Judi Jones, founder, director, and visionary of Kansas Academy of Theatrical Arts and Educational Director of Launch Pad Studios, grew up on the streets of the south Bronx, NYC in the early ‘50’s.  Gang violence at this time was so prominent that juvenile delinquent I.D. cards were issued in different colors. This lead her mom to put this aggressive youngster in a youth theatre company that would take her off of the streets and put her in an off-Broadway show!   

        “Mama Jones” as the kids call her, is committed to using the arts and the youth in our communities as change agents to ensure safety, security, and positive personal growth.

           “I believe students learn best from a teacher that models learning and values the spirit of the learner."   

      Mrs. Jones has a B.A. in English from City College of N.Y. and a B.A. in Theatre Education from University of Missouri K.C. Mrs. Jones has many years of experience in community action, directing, teaching, administration, and Theatre Education. She holds a teaching license in Missouri.