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.
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
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.
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]
Edmonton & Area
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Calgary & Area
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.
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.
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 offers custom-made drama workshops for all ages to the schools and churches they tour.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are an educational and performance based Theatre School and Company, in Calgary, providing quality education and innovative performances.