Meet Linnea and Melissa!

We are Philadelphia-based homeschool parents, children’s theater creators, teachers, and budget travelers. We like big projects that involve young people. We can be silly and serious. We are adventurous.

Melissa (she/her)

Melissa has a Masters in Education and over 20 years teaching experience in both school and homeschool settings. She’s been creating original youth theater for 15 years, directing a summer theater camp in Philadelphia during most of that time. In the last five years, she has worldschooled with her three kids, and often her husband, through 10 countries on 3 continents. All of her trips have been financially possible by sticking to a budget of less than $75/day, and by booking almost all of the 25+ round trip flights using frequent flier miles accrued through credit card startup bonuses. Melissa is happiest when she’s adventuring, in the world and in the arts, with her loved ones at her side.

Melissa’s travel blog about her year in SE Asia in 2014:

Linnea (they/them)

Linnea speaks Spanish thanks to time spent living in Spain and Argentina. Linnea also has a Masters in Education and has spent summers traveling to Thailand, New Zealand, and Europe while teaching in Philadelphia during 5 school years. Linnea‘s teaching experience extends to giving tours as a National Park Ranger. In addition to international travel, Linnea, along with their partner and three children, spent several winters traveling in a minibus that they converted into a camping castle. Linnea began directing youth theater while still in college and continues to make theater in a variety of settings, often using Theatre of the Oppressed and improvisation exercises as the framework for creation and liberation. One year, Linnea baked over 52 gluten-free cakes (we all have hidden talents!)

In 2016, Linnea and Melissa met through the Philadelphia homeschooling community and quickly learned that they shared visions and goals and made each other laugh. In 2017, they facilitated together at Talking Stick Learning Center where they created workshops, theater and regional trips for Philadelphia homeschoolers.

Staging Journeys is one year-young, and there has been plenty of action already.

Fall 2018: For their first leap into tour-leading, they excitedly took a group of Philadelphia Worldshooling families to Mexico City! Following that tour, Melissa and Linnea’s families moved on to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where they wrote and directed an original musical theater production, “HERE.” with youth at the Family Adventure Summit. During their final week in Mexico, they were honored to visit the beautiful rural town of Rancho Viejo where they made environmental theater with local children.

Spring 2019: Melissa and Linnea brought their families on an 18-day tour-scouting trip through the Sacred Valley, Peru. With 6 kids in tow, they learned the ins and outs of the region to prepare for future tours. They launched the first Staging Journeys musical theater production in Northwest Philadelphia where they both live. “We the Dreamers” was produced with 30 fabulous children at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.

Fall 2019: This season they’re gearing up for a second Central Mexico tour with 6 families which will include a cultural immersion week in Guanajuato and a vibrant Mexico City tour. There will be a fall semester musical theater extravaganza for Philadelphia families.

Spring 2020 on-deck: Back to Peru with a group of worldschooling families. Registration is open – Come with us! Spring semester theater is brewing. Stay tuned.

One can never be too sure what these two will come up with next. But rest assured there will be plenty of laughter, creativity, learning, and adventures both big and small.

It takes a long time to take photos when you’re having this much fun.

Inclusivity Statement:

We acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of our groups and our communities. We recognize our differences in race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, and family structure as well as religious beliefs. We are committed to honoring this rich tapestry by creating a positive and inclusive environment within our groups.  We strive to offer travel, learning, and theater opportunities that amplify and highlight the voices and experiences of groups who have traditionally been marginalized.