Future Stages Festival Applications Now Available

Kauffman Center Now Accepting Performance Applications for the Fifth Annual Future Stages Festival

Future Stages Festival, youth performers, performing arts, community, free

Alvin Ailey Camp – The Group performs at Future Stages Festival. Photo by Cody Boston.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce the tradition of celebrating Kansas City youth and the arts will continue with the fifth annual Future Stages Festival on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

This fun and free community event showcases Kansas City’s diversity while featuring youth performers from a wide range of performing arts styles.

Visitors participate in fun activities in Brandmeyer Great Hall at Future Stages Festival 2017.

Visitors participate in fun activities in the plaza lobby at Future Stages Festival 2017. Photo by Jillian Shoptaw.

As an extension of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program, the festival gives youth and community arts organizations the opportunity to perform and celebrate the arts at the Kauffman Center.

After four successful Future Stages Festivals, more than 2,500 youth from community arts groups have performed on the Center’s stages. The fifth anniversary Future Stages Festival aims to highlight more diverse performance groups and provide more interactive opportunities for festival guests.

This year’s festival lineup will have performances in Helzberg Hall, Muriel Kauffman Theatre, and on the Saint Luke’s Outdoor Stage. To celebrate the fifth Future Stages Festival, there will be a new stage featuring small acts with up to 10 performers per group.

Click here to view images from the 4th annual Future Stages Festival on June 25, 2017.

Performers from Lucia Aerial perform outside at Future Stages Festival 2017

Performers from Lucia Aerial perform outside at Future Stages Festival 2017. Photo by Mason Kilpatrick.


Applications are now open for young performers and local arts groups to be a part of the fifth annual Future Stages Festival. Community arts organizations and school programs are encouraged to apply. Performance groups should primarily consist of youth performers between the ages of 5 – 18. Strong consideration for the festival mainstages will be given to larger groups (25+). Small acts with fewer than 10 performers are encouraged to apply to perform on a new fourth stage.

For more information or to apply to perform at Future Stages Festival, click here. The deadline for performer applications is March 5, 2018.


– Future Stages Festival is FREE and open to the public and attendees are encouraged to register for more information at kauffmancenter.org/futurestages or by phone at 816-994-7222 to receive the latest updates and schedule for performances and activities.

– Registration is optional. No tickets will be issued. Once registered, attendees will automatically qualify for a drawing to win two tickets to an upcoming performance at the Kauffman Center. Click here to RSVP for the event and receive programming updates in the weeks leading up to the festival.

– All ages are welcome and programming is suggested as most suitable for families with youth ages 4-15.

Future Stages Festival is presented by Premier Partner Saint Luke’s Health System, funding is provided by the Missouri Arts Council and festival support is provided by Southwest Airlines. 


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