Our Hearts, Our Mission.
Kaleidoscope Performing Arts is a youth-based theatre company striving to empower youth not only in their performing skills, but through encouragement, creating a safe, non-judgmental, God-honoring environment, while shining Christ’s love, and building up the next generation spiritually, emotionally, confidently, and creatively. We believe that God has created each individual with gifts to not only glorify Him, but to shine before others.
KPA welcomes and is open to all students of differing backgrounds and beliefs, with the understanding that prayer, biblical references, and Christ’s love will be shown and expressed in creating together our stories and dances in rehearsals, and on the stage.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not changes like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV
Meet the Staff
Cami Thomassen is a 2001 graduate of Bethel University with a BA in Theatre Arts (emphasis children’s theatre) and Creative Writing, who also studied children’s and youth theatre abroad in Australia. She has a love for the stage herself, and has been cast in several shows, playing prominent and noteworthy roles earlier on in her career. Having worked 20+ years with students of all ages in theatre, and in 3 different countries, she has written original scripts for both churches and casts she has directed. Cami has several years of experience directing for the stage, and has taught diverse acting classes (Shakespeare, Playwriting, Beginning and Advanced Acting, Dialects, and Improvisation to name a few).
Cami has 10+ years of ministry experience, including drama ministry, and having organized, led, and helped build a women’s ministry at a nearby church for 4 years. She was an active board member for a homeschool co-op where she taught acting for the 8 years, and currently, Cami is a hired tutor at WEST teaching Acting.
God placed starting a performance company on Cami’s heart over two decades ago, after a prophetic word was spoken over her while studying through YWAM in a M.A.D. (Music, Art, and Dance) school. She has dreamed of providing a safe, Jesus-filled space for youth to grow in the arts. Her passion is to help lead youth into a deeper relationship with Christ, encouraging them in their creativity & confidence for the stage and beyond. And through speaking life into student’s gifts and talents, she longs for students to fully know and glorify Jesus through their unique set of performance abilities.
If your child is looking for a positive, Christ-centered, loving environment to belong to, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts may just be where God wants them! Reach out with any questions you may have about Kaleidoscope, and where your child may best fit and grow in this company!
Abigail Nielsen is beyond excited to be jumping on board with KPA! Since elementary school, she has spent countless hours on, and behind, the stage. After finding an excitement for theatre as a performer, Abigail began exploring the behind-the-scenes aspects of the artform as a student director, stage manager, props master, assistant director, and lead director. While pursuing a degree in Vocal Music Performance from North Central University, Abigail discovered her passion for young performers. She added a Theatre degree to her diploma with the goal of equipping herself to facilitate opportunities for young people to find their confidence and their voice on the stage.
Abigail believes that the power of theatre is for everyone, not just those destined to spend their life on the stage. As a young performer, she grew in self-confidence and understanding of herself through the roles she portrayed and the fears she overcame, and now hopes to open the door for the next generation of artists to do the same.