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(Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic)

by Matt Cox

at Young Actors' Theatre

While lighthearted and fun, Puffs does contain a small amount of language and some adult themes.

Puffs is a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs … who just happened to be there too. This clever and inventive play gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers. Their hilariously heartfelt and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a wizard hero can be. Some people are born to do great things. Some people change the world. Some people rise from humble beginnings to beat back the forces of darkness in the face of insurmountable odds. "PUFFS" is the story of the people who sit in class next to those people. And badgers.

Chrissy Burns


Chrissy is excited to return home to YAT having previously directed Freaky Friday, Matilda, Disenchanted, Songs for a New World, Smile, Into the Woods and Snoopy here!

Chrissy Burns is a multi award winning director, producer, and choreographer. She has also served as an Associate Director at the Old Globe Theater. Chrissy has worked as an actor in dozens of theatrical productions throughout San Diego and beyond. She has performed for many of San Diego’s Theatres, top corporations, conventions nationwide and MTV Japan. Chrissy is a private Vocal Coach preparing her many students for a successful career in the performing arts. She has a passion for teaching and loves to help her students learn and grow while helping them achieve their full potential. She recently completed the Prestigious Directors Lab West Program.

Stage Manager
Max Coston

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Max is Excited to be Stage Managing his second production with YAT following his debut as a Stage Manager during YAT's James and the Giant Peach. His previous technical credits include Freaky Friday, Mathilda, Disenchanted, and 13! the Musical, Smile, and more.


Max Coston is not only deeply involved in youth theater, but also involved in his community to make change. He is the Board President and Executive Director of March for Our Lives San Diego to advocate for sensible Gun Violence Prevention Measures across all levels of government. In addition to Gun Violence Prevention, Max is a deep advocate for racial justice, educational equity, and LGBTQIA+ rights. He also works as a political organizer and has worked on multiple campaigns across the county. 


Max cannot wait for Puffs, as it will bring many well needed laughs to the audience after more than a year and a half of loss during COVID-19. He hopes that this production is another step towards a sense of normalcy for everyone in San Diego.


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