YOU CONNECTION is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation using professional theatre and the creative arts to promote Christian values to family audiences in the Dallas, Texas, area, and online, preaching the hardcore, uncompromising message of the Gospel through wildly inventive theatre shows, videos, and more, reaching out especially to those who respond to the visual and performing arts (one of the most impactful means of communication)!
You Connection is made up of:
YC FAMILY THEATRE - an ongoing season of theatre shows in the Dallas metroplex, presenting original, professional quality musical theatre shows for the entire family, featuring unique stories, Broadway-style music, and hard-hitting biblical content that kids, teens, and adults can respond to!
YC WEB - a free, family-friendly web channel (on a standalone website, free from ads or distractions like on YouTube), featuring hours of quality viewing, and providing a fun, safe, faithbased online experience for the whole family!
YC RESOURCES - books and other products for kids, teens, and adults, available online or at our facility in Downtown Plano; this is a work in progress and will be growing soon!
CONNECTING THE ARTS - a program in the works to bring support, provide connection, and raise awareness of the arts as a vital and viable method of ministering the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to culture and the world around us.
"Give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the people! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His glorious works!" Psalms 105:1-2
To use creativity to introduce, encourage, or reinforce a biblical worldview (a biblical perspective and understanding of the world), helping audiences to not only know what they believe but why they believe it, and to present Bible-based solutions to current cultural issues, allowing audiences of all ages to evaluate, reevaluate, or reexamine what they are seeing and hearing in today's confusing culture
~ We are the only Christian theatre in the Dallas metroplex (besides churches or acting programs), giving us the opportunity to be a "church outside of church" in the Dallas/Ft. Worth community and to be "salt and light" (Matt. 5:13-14) in our city, spreading the Gospel not only to believers but also to people who might not be comfortable stepping into a church; the creative arts is one of the most influential forces in our Western culture, yet it has mostly remained unchallenged by Christianity and is largely ignored as a viable means of evangelism
~ Our unique brand of creativity, characters, stories, and presentations, combined with hard-hitting, thought-provoking, and uncompromising messages, gives You Connection a one-of-a-kind and instantly recognizable trademark style, and our use of all the creative arts- performing arts, media, books- allows us to make a broad impact on audiences both in Dallas or online
~ We are a professional production team with paid performers and crew; though we do use adult actors, You Connection is a haven for some of the finest youthful talent in all of Dallas, as well as an outlet for highly gifted child and teen performers who want to share their faith through their skills
Our Target Audience
All ages, actually! While young people are a key target in all that we do, it is important to know that a middle-aged or senior adult can get just as much from a You Connection presentation as a teenager or a 10-year-old. Our material is built in layers, so a young intellect and an older intellect can both receive the same biblical message. We generally do not recommend our theatre shows, videos, or books for preschoolers, since most of the material would be a bit over their heads.
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Meet Matt Kramer
Matt is Founder/President/Executive Director of You Connection, also serving as writer, composer, performer, and a myriad of other duties! For twenty plus years he has been involved in video production, performing arts, book publishing, and kids ministry.
He has won multiple awards in video and media production, also working for Big Feats Entertainment on the hit 90s PBS children's show "Wishbone". Matt has been acting and performing since he was a child, and was the co-founder of a performing arts company for five years in the early 2000s.
He spent over a decade working directly with kids in kids ministry, as an instructor, kids church leader, and curriculum writer, preaching sermons to kids and producing weekly puppet and sketch comedy videos.
Matt is now a full-time You Connecter and resides in Dallas, Texas, where You Connection is based. He has been an active member of Sojourn Church, in Carrollton, for over thirty years.
Find out more about the You Connection story in our interview for Voyage Dallas: