Theatre Opportunities for Youth

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This space is dedicated to the young people of Alberta with a passion for theatre and a drive to learn more about the art of creating it! On this page, you’ll find information about learning opportunities in Alberta for young people to explore and create theatre. Above, you can find links to post-secondary drama programs across the province, public performances of family-friendly theatre productions, guidance on picking and rehearsing monologues, Theatre Alberta’s Youth blog, and more! 

Alberta’s Youth Theatre Programs 

Scroll down or click a region below to find a youth theatre program close to you!
 Northern Alberta • Edmonton & Area • Central Alberta • 
Calgary & Area • Southern Alberta • Province-Wide
Program descriptions are provided to Theatre Alberta by individual theatre organizations. Theatre Alberta does not necessarily endorse the organizations and/or individuals submitting listings on our site. It is the responsibility of each patron using the Young Playbill and our other online youth resources to research the integrity of the organizations who submit listings to which he/she is applying/responding and to verify specific information.

 

Classification Codes

Each program is assigned one or more of the below classification codes depending on what kind of youth programming it offers: 
TYA – Produces Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) productions
YE – Offers youth educational/outreach programs, theatre schools, camps, classes, and/or workshops
YF – Produces TYA festival
YP – Produces productions created by and/or featuring young artists
YT – Tours TYA productions and/or residency programs

Northern Alberta

Keyano Theatre Drama Force, Fort McMurray • YE
keyano.ca/theatre

Engaging local youth ages 10-17 with an exciting theatrical learning experience and creative performance opportunity. Participants will learn performance skills in a variety of disciplines such as voice, movement, dance, acting and improvisation as well as the dynamics of technical theatre.

Rural Notes Music Services, Athabasca • TYA YE YP
[email protected]

Musical Explorations is a summer music camp held in the beautiful town of Athabasca, Alberta. The program runs in July from 9am to 4pm each day. The explorations will include musical theatre numbers, speech workshops, vocal development, and the dramatic process. Students will have individual,, small groups and large groups projects will be made available for the young performers. Age groups include 8-11 and 12-15. Email: [email protected]

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Edmonton & Area

 
Alberta Musical Theatre Company • YT
albertamusicaltheatre.ca
Founded in 1984, Alberta Opera was created with a mandate to perform traditional opera for children around the province. Now in its 32nd season, the Sterling-Award winning company is recognized as a fundamental cultural experience in theatres and schools across Alberta. Their celebrated musical theatre adaptations of fairy tales entertain adults and young audiences alike.
 
Alberta Workers’ Health Centre • YT
workershealthcentre.ca
The Alberta Workers’ Health Centre was established in 1983 to promote workplace safety. One of the ways the AWHC does this is with The Work Plays Schools Program. It engages young workers through lively, entertaining and thought-provoking professional theatre productions that inform young workers of their responsibilities and rights to a safe and healthy workplace.The Alberta Workers’ Health Centre was established in 1983 to promote workplace safety. One of the ways the AWHC does this is with The Work Plays Schools Program. It engages young workers through lively, entertaining and thought-provoking professional theatre productions that inform young workers of their responsibilities and rights to a safe and healthy workplace.
 
City of Fort Saskatchewan • TYA YE YP
www.fortsask.ca/en/things-to-do/theatre.aspx
A multitude of opportunities ranging from week long summer camps, working with Missoula Children’s Theatre, and working with a touring ballet company.
 
Concrete Theatre • TYA YF YT
concretetheatre.ca
Concrete Theatre tours three productions per year to schools across Alberta for K-12 audiences. Concrete Theatre also produces the Sprouts Festival each June, which features staged readings of brand new plays for young audiences. Our Artists In Residence program Acting Our Colours brings a team of theatre professionals into an elementary school to guide students as they create a show that celebrates the cultural diversity of their communities.
 
Edmonton Musical Theatre • YE YP
edmontonmusicaltheatre.com/Programs
Under the guidance of exceptional, professional musical theatre instructors, students of all ages receive training in acting, dance, movement, choral and solo vocal work. Students further develop their performance skills by participating in open workshops, community service performances and have the opportunity to participate in a professional year-end production.
 
Edmonton Opera • TYA YE
www.edmontonopera.com/youth
Edmonton Opera inspires youth to discover the magic of opera through a variety of programs. Accessibly-priced Student Dress Rehearsals invite K-12 students to experience their first opera at the Jubilee Auditorium, complete with educational resources for teachers. Opera Tots is a multi-sensory experience designed specially for toddlers aged 6 mo.–3 years and their parents. Kids aged 8–12 learn about the different art forms that come together in opera during Summer Camp.
 
Foote Theatre School/Citadel Theatre Young Companies • YE YP
citadeltheatre.com/fts
The Foote Theatre School (FTS) is the oldest and largest theatre school in Edmonton. Since 1966, we have provided year-round classes for all ages and experience levels, teaching physical, technical, and creative skills in both acting and musical theatre. The Citadel Theatre Young Companies is an advanced training and mentorship program for aspiring artists between the ages of 16-21 who are serious about pursuing post-secondary education and a career in theatre.
 

KidsFringe is a free, fun and a family-friendly mini-Fringe site organized by Fringe Theatre Adventures (FTA) specifically for our littlest Fringers. We provide ten days of exciting arts-based activities and entertainment for children and youth, their families and caregivers. Experience plays, music, storytelling, and more on the KidStage, hear a story in the Book Nook, or get creative at the Craft Corner. And don’t forget to visit the Tots Tent with programming for ages newborn to 5 years. Check out the KidsFringe insert in the Festival Program Guide for more information and a complete schedule.

Kompany Family Theatre • YT YE YP 
kompanyfamilytheatre.com

Kompany Family Theatre produces a season of high quality, professional, touring productions for daycares, schools, libraries, community events & festivals. We also produce a fully-staged TYA production in the Westbury Theatre (Fringe Theatre Adventures) each fall. Kompany offers a summer mentorship programme where teens, alongside theatre professionals, create and perform a touring show for very young audiences and families and participate in weekly professional theatre skills workshops. During the year we offer touring drama classes for day cares, preschools & schools and a weekly drop-in Drama Class for kids 7 years & up. And, we have a week-long summer day camp for kids 6 to 12 years.

NEXTNextfest • YP
nextfest.ca/nextnextfest

Nextfest presents our celebration of high school artists, a festival within a festival we’ve lovingly dubbed NEXTNextfest. This multi-medium showcase of Edmonton and area artists provides a platform for teen artists under the age of 18 who are serious about creating careers in theatre, music, dance, poetry and visual art. These secondary school artists are encouraged to boldly present their work…and show the twenty-somethings how it’s done!

Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival, St. Albert • YF
childfest.com
 
Northern Light Theatre Summer Performance Camps for Young People • YE
northernlighttheatre.com
 
Rapid Fire Theatre • TYA YE YP 
www.rapidfiretheatre.com

Rapid Fire Theatre has a wide variety of youth programming:
THE KIDPROVISORS – with the Foote Theatre School, these workshops are for our youngest students!
NORTHERN ALBERTA IMPROV LEAGUE – Bi-monthly improv league starring teams from Alberta High Schools
WILDFIRE TEEN IMPROV FESTIVAL – A month-long, three-part festival starring junior high and high school improv teams from across Alberta
WORKSHOPS & PERFORMANCES FOR HIRE – Improv residencies and performances that tour to Alberta schools

 
St. Albert Children’s Theatre • TYA YE YP 
sact.ca

St. Albert Children’s Theatre has been operating for over 30 years, providing training and opportunities for young people to develop skills in dramatics, vocals and dance. This program offers youth the opportunity to acquire a variety of life skills that will have a lasting impact throughout their lives. Check out our website for class, audition and production details. Notable alumni include; Bridget and Kate Ryan, John Kirkpatrick, Damien Atkins, Vanessa Sabourin, Jenna Dykes-Busby, Jenny McKillop, Celina Dean, Luc Tellier, Madelaine Knight, Arielle Ballance, Steven Angove, Karina Cox and Jarrett Krissa.

Theatre Prospero • YE YP YT 
theatreprospero.ca
 
Thou Art Here Theatre • YE 
thouartheretheatre.com
Using roving characters, puppet shows, and sword fights, Thou Art Here takes traditional content off the page and molds it into an customized and exciting family oriented experience.
 
L’UniThéatre • YE YF YP
www.lunitheatre.ca/young-audiences

L’UniThéâtre offers a variety of workshops in schools for all grade levels, a touring production for grades K-6, as well as a youth drama festival for grades 7-12. Our school programming is recommended for francophone and French immersion schools but workshops can be adapted to high school FSL programs.

#writesofpassage • YE  
workshopwest.org
#writesofpassage is a chance for Junior High and High School students to write an original play and have it workshopped and developed by professional playwrights and actors. A partnership with the Citadel Theatre, this is a chance for young writers to develop new skills in writing and communication and find their unique voice as a teenager in today’s world.

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Central Alberta

About Time Productions, Camrose • TYA YE YP
abouttimeproductions.ca

About Time Productions, a not for profit association, was created in 2005. Our purpose is to bring live theatre, performed by children, to Camrose. Our mission is: To provide affordable, fully inclusive, non competitive, high quality arts educational instruction and performance while instilling an enduring appreciation for arts culture. Our vision is to grow in the number of students enrolled; enabling us to offer diverse, multi-level programming for all interested children in our community.

Beaverhill Players Junior Players, Holden • YP
beaverhillplayers.com/junior-players
 
Bull Skit Comedy, Red Deer • TYA
bullskitcomedy.com

Teen Prov Camp: This week long program allows students to explore the world of improv and leadership through character development and game creation. The program focuses on building confidence through innovative ideas, communication and fosters collaboration and teamwork. Calf Skit – Family Friendly Improvised Fairy Tales that happen monthly at the Scott Block Theatre

Cornerstone Youth Theatre, Red Deer • YE YP 
cornerstoneyouththeatre.org
 
Three Hills Arts Academy, Three Hills • TYA YE YP
threehillsarts.com
New programming for us this year, we are offering week-long summer camps for children and youth. The focus this year is on Improvisation! Our goal is to provide a positive arts community which youth can be immersed in, and that they will develop skills and relationships to carry through, throughout their lives.
 
Treehouse Youth Theatre, Red Deer • YE YP
treehouseyouththeatre.ca
 

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Calgary & Area

Alberta Theatre Projects • TYA YE YP
https://albertatheatreprojects.com/students-educators/
Alberta Theatre Project’s Youth Engagement programs aim to deepen the theatre experience for young audiences and emerging artists through our plays, varied practical learning opportunities, and professional mentorship. These programs foster community, engage the inquisitive mind, and bring young audiences and artists together in an exchange around our work.

Two major components of this work include:
ATP Day Camps: We offer single day PD day camps, and weeklong spring break camps for children 7-11. Children work with talented and passionate theatre professionals to explore their creativity through a fun filled day of activities, theatre games, performance fundamentals, and play creation!

ATP Student Writers Group: A six month playwriting course for high school students. Students work with a professional playwright to learn the fundamentals of playwriting. The program culminates in professional workshop and public staged reading of the students works.

In addition to these program ATP offers educators with arts based learning support through our Student Matinees and supporting resources as well as providing mentorship opportunities to youth through our Job Shadowing program, and D. Michael Dobbin Apprenticeship.
 
Bigs and Littles Theatre Society • TYA YE YT
bigsandlittles.ca
Bigs and Littles Theatre is a registered charity based in Calgary, Alberta. We deliver original, issue-based performances by Calgarian artists and provide custom dramatic workshops to local audiences of all ages. Together we can discover BIG ideas in LITTLE spaces!
 
Birnton Theatricals • YP
birntontheatricals.com
 
Calgary High School Drama Festival • YP
calgaryhighschooldrama.com
 
Calgary Young People’s Theatre Society • TYA YE YF YP
cypt.ca
Calgary Young People’s Theatre (CYPT) prides itself on providing numerous development opportunities to young people to explore the performing arts and develop their creativity and teamwork skills through camps, classes, workshops and production opportunities.
 
Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio • YE
corogues.com/the-curriculum
 
Dirty Laundry – The Next Generation • YP 
dirtylaundrycalgary.com
Dirty Laundry: THE NEXT GENERATION (DL: TNG) is a unique training opportunity for young performers. In addition to Improv workshops, the DL:TNG cast does their own improvised soap operas on Sunday nights at Lunchbox Theatre with members of the cast of our main company. Participation is completely free – and the cast gets paid for every show they do!
 
Evergreen Theatre • TYA YE YP YT
evergreentheatre.com
Evergreen will perform a 50-minute signature show with 2 professional actors in your school! Our performances will engage K-6 age groups, with opportunities for students to perform in the show! All shows feature popular music, curriculum-based scriptwriting, and large colourful sets, props, and costumes. Following the show, our Evergreen educators ask related questions about the material presented, reinforcing the topics learned in the production. We also offer Artist in Residency programs.
 
Goodger-Pink Family Theatre • TYA YE 
gptheatre.com

Join us as we explore different theatrical styles and techniques through the use of skill building drama games, improv exercises and character exploration activities. These classes will give your child an opportunity to develop their social confidence and creativity in a fun, supportive, play oriented, environment. 

Green Fools Theatre • YT
greenfools.com

Since 1991, we have been creating, performing and teaching innovative puppetry, mask, clown, stilts and circus arts. Our productions have garnered multiple nominations and awards, critical and audience acclaim and have toured internationally. We are renowned for our hand crafted stilt walking mask characters, shows, events and physical theatre workshops. We are Western Canada’s leaders in Social Circus, a global movement that engages circus arts with youth at risk, and our programs are officially endorsed by Cirque du Soleil.

Heartbeat Theatre • YE YT
heartbeattheatre.com

HeARTbeat Theatre offers custom-made drama workshops for all ages to the schools and churches they tour.

Imagine Performing Arts • TYA YE YP
musicandplay.ca

Through the production of community-based musical and dramatic shows, Imagine Performing Arts supports the development of the next generation of theatre artists by offering opportunities for youth and adults alike. We seek to inspire, nurture, challenge, educate and empower artists and audiences of all ages and contribute to the cultural life of Calgary. And of course we look forward to creating some pretty great shows too!

Let’s Create an Opera / Opera in Schools Tour • YE YP YT
calgaryopera.com/education/education-and-outreach

Education programs are an essential part of what we do, enriching the experiences of our current patrons and building audiences for tomorrow through our student and young people outreach. This includes great programs like Let’s Create an Opera that gives students the opportunity to create their own original opera and the Opera in Schools Tour that brings one-act operas into schools performed by Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists.

Lime Light  • YE
fireexit.ca/news
LimeLight – Child & Youth Drama Camps
Squeeze a little drama into your summer! We supply the instructor, plan the field trip(s) and bring the creativity. You supply the space and the helpers. We can customize the camp to your wants and needs.
 
Puddle of Mud Productions • YE
puddleofmudproductions.com
 
The Pumphouse Theatre Drama Day Camps • YE
pumphousetheatre.ca
The Pumphouse Theatre host year round youth drama education programming for students ages 6 to 17. Classes range from introductory level drama to advanced theatre practices and take place during the Fall, Winter, and Spring Semesters. Along with our classes, The Pumphouse Theatre has three drama day camps for students age 7 to 15. These camps take place in the Winter, Spring Break, and Summer months.
 
Quest Theatre • TYA YE YT
questtheatre.org
Quest Theatre nurtures young people through exceptional adventures in theatre. Founded in 1984, we are an award winning theatre company devoted to the development and empowerment of young people. We inspire young people to explore their creativity and find solutions to challenges that affect them in their daily lives. At Quest children have the opportunity to participate in drama camp programs, watch public performances for families as well as engage in Artist in School Residencies.
 
The Shakespeare Company Outreach Program • YT
shakespearecompany.com

This program gives our theatre company the opportunity to share our passion for Shakespeare’s work and challenge, inspire, and intrigue young minds in Alberta.

Stage West for Kids • TYA
stagewestcalgary.com/stage-west-for-kids
Stage West for Kids is the children’s version of dinner theatre. For starters, Stage West displays an incredible kids buffet complete with all the favourites: hot dogs, pizza, Jell-O, ice cream and much more. The buffet is then followed by a live child-oriented performance with plenty of humour for parents as well.
 
StoryBook Theatre Society • TYA YE YP
storybooktheatre.org

StoryBook Theatre operates an inclusive variety of theatre based programs ranging from theatre basics to fully staged performances. Each curriculum has been designed with the intention that our students develop acting, self-confidence, teamwork and stagecraft skills. We encourage students to develop and deepen their knowledge of self and their craft, through games, stage work, analyzing and writing of scripts and presenting a final presentation.

Sun.Ergos • YT
sunergos.com/schools.html
 
Swamp Donkey Musical Theatre Society • YE
www.swampdonkeytheatre.ca

Swamp Donkey Musical Theatre Society provides musical theatre courses and workshops to youth. See our website at www.swampdonkeytheatre.ca for specific course offerings and to register.

Theatre A Go-Go • YE
theatreagogo.ca

We are an educational and performance based Theatre School and Company, in Calgary, providing quality education and innovative performances.

Spark Youth Program • YE 
torchlighttheatre.ca/spark-camp
The Summer Camp is week long intensive exploration of performance art!  Work closely with industry professionals in the areas of: Dance (Hip Hop, Contemporary), Acting & Improve, and Scene Study! The week will come to a close with a final performance.
 
WP Puppet Theatre • YT
wppuppet.com
Public community programs includes Puppet Pop-Up Studio, a monthly puppet making and performing workshop on the third Saturday of each month at different locations in Calgary; and, Calgary Puppetry Day (puppet making and performances). School programs (K-6) include Baxter and Bird (puppet show), residencies, workshops, and professional development.

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Southern Alberta

 
New West Theatre, Lethbridge • TYA YE YT
www.newwesttheatre.com
New West Theatre runs one annual Theatre for Young Audiences program in addition to our year-round Drama Classes and Camps.
 

Province-wide PROGRAMS

Theatre Alberta’s Artstrek: A Summer Theatre School for Teens • YE
theatrealberta.com/artstrek
Theatre Alberta’s Artstrek is a summer school for teens that explores the exciting world of theatre and stagecraft. Over the course of a week in residence at Red Deer College, students attending Artstrek will learn about acting, voice, movement, directing, sound/music, design, creation and collaboration. They will study with professional theatre artists and educators, and make friends with teens from across Alberta. 
Artstrek is not a talent-based program – for more than 50 years we have welcomed all teens who are passionate about theatre and enthusiastic about learning. 
 
Alberta High School Drama Festival Association • YP
albertadrama.com

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