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About Fidgety Fairy Tales
Since 2008, we have been re-imagining familiar fairy tales to raise awareness about children’s mental health.
Our goals are to:
- Provide accurate information about mental health disorders using clear, accessible language
- Dispel the myths and reduce the fear and misunderstanding around mental health disorders
- Portray the strengths and struggles of children with mental health disorders
- Help families, friends, and communities respond with compassion, understanding, and support
Since 2008, Fidgety Fairy Tales has had over 350 performances and reached more than 45,000 Minnesotans. We have traveled throughout Minnesota and are available for some parts of Wisconsin as well. Contact Matt Jenson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about cost and availability.
Please visit Book A Performance for more information and availability.
The opening number from 2017’s production at Sumner Library in Minneapolis:
We have performed for:
- elementary, middle, and high schools
- community centers
- early childhood family nights
- art festivals
- special Olympics events
- children’s museums
- residential treatment centers
We have performed at conferences and trainings for professionals:
- National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
- National Conference on Advancing School Mental Health
- Children’s Theatre Company’s Neighborhood Bridges National Conference
- Minnesota School Social Workers Conference
- Education Minnesota
- St. Thomas University’s Education for Everyone
- CASA MN (Guardian ad Litem Conference)
- Minnesota Social Services Conference
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Practical Review for Primary Care Providers and Mental Health Professionals
- MACMH’s annual conference for professionals and parents
- Anoka School District Paraprofessionals
- Minnesota Division of Early Childhood
- Minneapolis Early Childhood Special Education
Thirty-six different fairy tales cover a wide range of children’s mental health disorders and concepts. Scripts have been reviewed by mental health professionals, parents, and youth with mental health disorders. Fidgety has been recognized nationally by SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity, and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center). Fidgety has also been recognized as a program of high artistic quality through grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Minnesota State Arts Board, and the St. Paul Cultural STAR Program.
Matt Jenson – Playwright/Co-Director
Matt is the Director of Arts and Youth Engagement at MACMH, Matt is also a Teaching Artist at the Childen’s Theatre Company and was a faculty member of the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance for fourteen years. His work has been supported by the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Jerome Foundation.
Marya Hart – Composer/Lyricist/Co-Director
Marya Hart is a composer, pianist and music director, specializing in vocal and theatrical music. After many years in blues, jazz and western swing bands and extensive work as a theatre music director and pianist, she began serious composition in 2005 and has since created eight major music theatre pieces in addition to incidental music, religious and secular songs, and a continuous stream of music for students at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, where she is a teaching artist.
Fidgety in the News
Minneapolis Star Tribune – “A New Take on Fairy Tales”
For more information about attending a performance, booking a show, or producing your own version of “Fidgety Fairy Tales,” please contact Matt Organisak Jenson at email@example.com or 651-644-7333.
All photos by V. Paul Virtucio
This activity has been made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Department of Human Services.