YPT Academy

Young Performers Theatre offers a variety of classes to ages of children from as young as 3.5 to 15. All of these classes are designed to spark and cultivate a love of theatre in the children we work with.  

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Summer Camps

Performance Theatre Workshop

This fun, challenging and intensive one-week workshop offers instruction in acting, improvisation and character development!  Based on improvisational games, students create their own characters and an original play is written around them to be performed for family and friends on Friday at 3:15!  Students will see their ideas take shape as they follow the entire production process from idea, to script, to stage.  This is the perfect class to take if you’re interested in joining our main stage productions.  Hurry – classes fill up quickly – sign up today! Ages vary from session to session, please take note

All Classes are from 10:00 – 3:00 PM Monday through Thursday.
Friday is 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, with the performance at 3:15 PM.

Session 1: June 12- June 16 Ages 6-10
Session 2: June 19-June 23 Ages 7-15
Session 3:  July 10-14 Ages 10-16
Session 4: July 17-21 Ages 9-14
Session 5: July 25-July 28 Ages 10-16
Session 6: July 31 – August 4 Ages 7-14

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A video from previous summer camps.


We are proud to continue partnering with our downstairs neighbor San Francisco Children’s Art Center (SFCACto offer an optional full day or half day performing and visual arts educational experience. Take a Performance Workshop in the morning, break for lunch, and attend the Art in the afternoon. Sign up for a half or full day of workshops! Designed for children ages 5.5-10 years old.

YPT – 9:30-12:30 Performance Workshop
Lunch Break at YPT – 12:30-1:00
SFCAC – 1:00-5:00 Art

Mini Camps with SFCAC


Afterschool Program

Young Performers Theatre brings our Theatre In Education program to you.  Theatre in Education enriches children’s development by encouraging creative problem solving, teamwork, focus and respect for classmates. Storytelling games stimulate verbal development by encouraging children to create structured narratives with a clear beginning, middle and end. Pantomime and improvisation help children to better understand spatial orientation and empathy for other points of view. Because so many San Francisco schools are currently without art’s programs of any kind, YPT’s Theatre in Education programs provide crucial enrichment that will give children a leg up in school for years to come.


Repertory Company

Young Performers Theatre’s Repertory Company is a program which allows children from elementary to high school age the opportunity to participate in a professional theater company. As part of working toward our mission YPT provides a five show season to the public every year, where kids perform short plays for kids. The goal of this program is to inspire a love and dedication to theater in both our performers and their audiences. The program offers a unique opportunity for our performers to gain insight into a professional theater company’s process.

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Young Performers Theatre was founded in 1982 by Matilda Manning Kunin, in memory of her young son who died in an accident. Since then, YPT’s goal has been to make the magic of live theatre more accessible to all children, regardless of social or economic circumstances. In addition to seven main-stage performances each year and an ongoing Theatre Arts Academy, YPT offers a variety of outreach programs for disadvantaged children throughout the Bay Area.

Theatre in Education

Funded by the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, YPT’s Theatre In Education program sends early-education theatre specialists into schools without budgets for artistic curricula. Our TIE program enriches children’s development by encouraging creative problem-solving, teamwork, focus and respect for classmates. Storytelling games stimulate verbal development by encouraging children to create structured narratives with a clear beginning, middle and end. Pantomime and improvisation help children to better understand spatial orientation and empathy for other points of view. Because so many San Francisco schools are currently without arts programs of any kind, YPT’s Theatre In Education program provides crucial enrichment that will give children a leg up in school for years to come.

Children In Need

Through grants, donations and corporate funding, our active Children In Need Program has presented scholarships and free performances to underprivileged children and their families, including those living in homeless shelters, coping with HIV and AIDS, and those recovering from abuse. Countless children and their families have experienced their first live theatrical production at YPT.

Young Performers Theatre is always looking for ways to expand our outreach programs for children IN NEED throughout the Bay Area.

Outreach