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The Journey is the Goal: How Summer Camps Empower Young Performers

By Carrie-ann Pishnak
Executive Director of the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts

As the summer sun paints the sky with hues of warmth and possibility, parents across Los Angeles find themselves embarking on a quest to enrich their children’s lives with experiences that foster growth, creativity, and confidence. For many, the journey begins at the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts (YADA), where the magic of musical theater summer camps has flourished for the past 27 years, producing alumni such as Lily Collins, Kiernan Shipka and Lilla Crawford.


Coping with the Loss of a Father

Shirin Yadegar shares coping mechanisms for losing a loved one.

shirinWhen I lost my father on August 28, 2022, my entire being was instantly shattered. Initial pains of loss are so deep and hurtful, your mind becomes paralyzed. I was robotic the first week as we sat shiva, the 7 day Jewish mourning period. I made arrangements for my father’s burial and memorial services. I slept nightly with my mom to comfort her. I veiled my sadness to be strong for my mother, brother, husband and children.

The first morning I woke up in my own bed on day 8 of my dad’s passing is when I began to process the enormity of losing a father. It felt like I had been stabbed. My heart was split in two. One was filled with memories. The other died with my father. So I began to mourn and heal. (more…)