Young People’s Theatre Drama School, celebrating its 51st year, brings NEW online drama classes to youth across the country! We’re excited to offer more virtual drama. We can’t wait to welcome new students who can now enjoy our classes from across the country! Visit youngpeoplestheatre.org/dramaschool for more info.
YPT, by anyone’s reckoning, is a great Canadian arts institution. Founded in 1966 producing professional quality plays, and rightly gaining widespread attention because of it. Susan Rubes, the founder, was something of a force in the arts, and an indefatigable proponent both of what kids could do and what her programs should do for them. She believed that “only the best is good enough for children,” and built YPT in that vein. It soon grew to a stature equal to the professional companies in Toronto, becoming an important part of the city’s cultural scene. Directorship was filled by a who’s who of the theatre world, including Richard Ouzounian, and Peter Moss, who arrived from a role at the Stratford Festival. The perspective wasn't that children’s theatre was a lesser, smaller version of adult theatre, but rather that it was a unique and vital expression on par with it. That sense remains to this day, and kids who participate are truly participating in something very much at the heart of Canadian theatre and its traditions. Directorship is as good as it gets, as is the faculty who run the programs. For kids interested in the arts, the experience of participating in the YPT is as inspiring as it is singular. It’s arguably the foremost program of its kind in the country, a position it’s maintained for over half a century.
Drama School Director, Liz Pounsett
B.A., M.F.A., Diplôme de L’École International Jacques Lecoq, plus years of teaching
At the YPT Drama School, our students are front and centre in all that we do, from our weekly drama classes to our intensive advanced training workshops. Led by professional artist educators with extensive teaching experience, we are proud to offer thoughtful programming that inspires and challenges students through engaging play and the fun of telling their own stories. Join us this season and discover the wonder and excitement of the theatre!
Is Young People's Theatre/YPT technology free?
Since moving our programming online, students need computer & internet access to participate.
More details about property: YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE (YPT) is the oldest professional theatre company in Toronto and is a national producer and presenter of theatre for young audiences – the first and largest of its kind in Canada.The theatre is located at 165 Front Street East. Within the building there are two performance spaces: the Mainstage Theatre and the Studio Theatre. During the summer, camps are held in both our downtown locations: Young People’s Theatre and Market Lane Public School at 246 The Esplanade.
Cost: $109 to $641 /session
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"It helped build his teamwork skills, which are key to his success at school, as well as reinforcing his self-confidence (and he learned a fantastic Russian accent!)" - Drama School parent
"My daughter (9) who has anxiety issues is learning to be more confident in your drama program. She loves the programs." - Drama School parent
"Awesome, fun experience -- they can't stop talking about it" - Drama School parent
"I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate you and your company for running such a fabulous camp. Everyone I have encountered has been cheerful, professional, passionate and dedicated. I am impressed!" - Drama School parent
"These are my people." - Drama School student
November 27, 2020
Registration for Online Winter Classes Now Available!
You can now register your child for our Winter Drama School term! Visit youngpeoplestheatre.org/dramaschool for more info.... Read More