Young Actor: Youth Studios


5th Avenue Theatre
Mailing Address:
1326 5th Ave, Suite 735
Seattle, WA 98101

Theatre Address:
1308 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101


(206) 625-1418
Orlando Morales <>

Contacts: Anya Rudnick, Director of Education & Outreach; Orlando Morales, Director of Rising Star Project and Interns.
5th Avenue Theatre offers a number of educational programs:

  • The Rising Star Project brings youth ages 14-19 into the 5th Avenue to mount full length productions. Guided by a team of theater professionals, students fills roles not only on the stage but also in the marketing, development, producing, creative, and casting departments. Rising Star Project is an educational program offered tuition-free to Washington State students. Participants are responsible for expenses associated with day-to-day transportation and meals.
  • Fridays at the 5th—Especially for high school students with an interest in musical theater, these workshops give students the opportunity to create the characters, sing the songs, learn the choreography, and meet with the cast and crew for the productions on our stage. At each workshop, the participants enjoy a pizza party, see the show, and attend a talkback with the cast after the evening's performance
  • Tech Tuesday is an evening workshop where youth ages 14 to 18 receive a backstage tour and attend a technical rehearsal of current 5th Avenue productions (N.B. This workshop is NOT available for all productions). Youth are also introduced to some of the technical crew and receive dinner and tickets to the evening performance.
  • The 10-Minute Musical Project is a tuition-free education program which connects local students to the process of creating new works in the musical theater genre.
  • Saturday Musical Theatre Classes are dance classes for youth ages 4-18. All classes are taught by professional dancers and choreographers.
  • The Summer Musical Theater School is a 1 week, professional training program for Musical Theatre performance. The school is designed for middle and high school aged youth, and classes are held during the day.

(See Ch.1 Theatres:  Children's Theatre, Equity Theatre, Musical Theatre, & Educational Theatre in Schools.  See Also Ch.5 In A Supporting Role: Volunteer, Theatre Discounts. See Also Theatre Production Guide: Space)

Broadway Bound Children's Theatre
University District
5031 University Way NE, Ste. 203
Seattle, WA 98105

(206) 526-5437

Contact: Jimmy Nixon, Executive Director and Founder.

Founded in 1996, Broadway Bound offers both school year and summer programs:

  • During the school year BB offers four Productions: two in the Fall and two in the Spring, they are split up by the age groups 5-10 and 10 and up. These are 12 to 14 week performance programs which rehearse after school for 2 days each week. Auditions for winter shows are held in September; auditions for spring shows are held in February. The performances run for 2 weekends with evening and matinee show times.


  • The Summer Camp Program offers several week-long, performance and skills-based day camps for ages 5 - 17. Classes include improv, singing , dance, stage combat, working with scripts, and theatre games. Students will also learn about theatre etiquette including stage directions and performance skills.
    • The week of camp for ages 5 - 13 will culminate in a short 15 minute performance where campers perform 3 songs from the show and short bits of script to tie the whole performance together.
    • The two-week teen intensive camps for ages 14-17 culminates in a 30 minute performance.


Broadway Bound accepts resumes year-round from interested applicants, both for staff positions and for internships. BB is particularly interested in receiving resumes from musical directors, stage managers, technical crew, and musicians. BB is also interested in people who would like to join its internship programs in production, development and administration.



Formerly Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center

Central District

104 17th Ave S

Seattle, WA 98144


(206) 251-3486


In 2017, the Langston Hughes Perfroming Arts Center changed its name to LANGSTON and became an independent arts organization supported by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. Check website, email, or call for latest information.


Red Eagles Soaring Native Youth Theatre
Various Neighborhoods

Mailing Address:
PO Box 20175
Seattle, WA 98102

Admin office:
1912 NW Dock Pl
Seattle, WA 98107-4813

(206) 390-2603

Contact: Fern Renville, Managing Director.
Founded in 1992, Red Eagles Soaring Native Youth Theatre provides performing arts education and performance experience for Native youth ages 11-19. Programming is integrated with traditional performing arts that define Native American culture, such as drumming, singing and storytelling. RESNYT has a 2-week summer intensive and a touring spring play that travels throughout the Northwest to tribal settings, schools and conferences.

Seattle Children's Theatre

Seattle Center

Drama School Office

Seattle Center

201 Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98109

Tel: (206) 443-0807 x1186



Contact  SCT's Education Department

Since its inception in 1975, SCT has gained national and worldwide acclaim as a leading producer of professional theatre, educational programs and new scripts for young people. Seattle Children's Theatre Drama School offers classes for ages 3.5 to 21.

  • October, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mid-Winter and Spring Break camps include skill-building and performance day camps for grades K-12. In addition, 1-day skill seminars for grades 6-12 may be offered during breaks. (Classes vary depending on the break and age group).
  • C.A.S.T. (Creative Arts for Small Thespians) is a school year long program for ages 4-7 which meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings and teaches theatre and life skills.
  • Home-School Acting and Performance Project classes for ages 8-14 take place Tuesday and Thursday morning.
  • School Year Classes provide both skill-building programs for ages 3.5-19. Classes run after school, evenings, and weekend mornings for 10 weeks in both Fall and Winter sessions and 5 weeks in Spring session.
  • Summer Classes are week-long programs for ages 3.5–19 that run from June 12 to August 31. Classes range from creative drama to partnership camps with the Woodland Park Zoo, Pacific Science Center, Aquarium and more to acting, musical theater, improv, and more specialized theatre training.
  • Summer Student Shows for grades 4-12 are announced in mid-December. Auditions are required and occur late March/early April.
  • The Young Actor Institute is a 6-week summer intensive for grades 10 to age 21 which culminates in a performance. The training covers skills such as scene study, voice, movement, dance, singing, stage combat and improvisation. Shows for this program are announced in mid-December and auditions occur late March/early April.

(See Ch.1 Theatres: Children's Theatre, Equity Theatre.  See Also Ch. 5 In A Supporting Role: Volunteer, Theatre Discounts)    

Seattle's Performers

also known as Seattle's Littlest Performers
5214 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

(206) 473-9580

Contact: Sandy Sonko, owner
Founded in 2010, Seattle's Performers provides opportunities for students ages 3-15 to learn about music, dance and drama from skilled educators in a nurturing environment. SLP produces original musicals created by local composers and playwrights. SP also produces full productions of popular musicals for students ages 10-15.

SP offers Parents' Night Out classes and summer camps, plus after-school enrichment classes such as music, movement, theatre, and group keyboarding at local area public and private schools. SP’s studio in the U District/Ravenna area houses its performing arts preschool, after-school programs and a number of camps and classes.

Stone Soup Theatre

1414 North 42nd Street
Seattle, WA, 98103

(206) 633-1883 or (800) 838-3006


Contact: Maureen Miko, Artistic Director.
Stone Soup produces 3 to 4 one-act plays and 3 youth conservatory productions per season.

  • To audition for one-acts, email a headshot and resume. Stone Soup holds general auditions in June and attends the TPS general auditions. Auditions are announced on the SST and TPS websites.
  • Rehearsal commitments are weekday evenings and some weekend days. Performances are in the evening, Thursday-Saturday, with Sunday matinees for 4 weeks.
  • Youth conservatory productions are for performers ages 8-20. Auditions are announced on the SST and TPS websites.
  • Rehearsals run 1 weekday after-school and 1 weekend day, though more rehearsal time is added closer to the show opening. Performances run for 2 weekends in evenings.
  • Actors are paid a small stipend. Some AEA Umbrella Agreements are available each season.


(See Ch.1 Theatres: Non-Union Professional Theatre, Partial Equity Theatre)  

Taproot Theatre
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30946
Seattle, WA 981113

Theatre Address:
204 N. 85th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 529-3668

Contact Shelby Parsons, Director of Education and Outreach
Taproot Theatre's Acting Studio is a year-round instructional program:

  • Year-Round Programs offer both skill and performance based classes for grades 4th – 12th , 1 evening each week for 9 weeks.
  • Vacation Break Camps are performance based, week-long day camps for grades Pre-K – 12th .
  • Summer Camps are 1 to 2 week-long, performance-based, day camps for grades Pre-K – 12th available throughout the summer. 2 week-long summer camps require an audition or pre-requisites. Auditions are by appointment.

Check website for updated information.

Theatre 9/12

Y.E.S Program

First Hill

609 8th Ave

Seattle, WA 98121


(206) 790-8583


Contact  Michael LoSasso, Youth Education Studio Director.  

Performing arts classes are offered for youth ages 5 to 18 who are serious about acting.  Most classes take place at Trinity Episcopal Church on Mondays and Wednesdays in the late afternoon and evenings.   Click Here  for information.

Variety Plus Theater
8011 Wallingford Ave. N.
Seattle, WA. 98103

(206) 368-8386
(206) 819-6039

Contacts: Bob or Angela Gribas.

Since 1995, Variety Plus Theater has offered original musical performance experiences for people ages 6 to adult. Shows are musical adaptations by Bob and Angela Cribas of classic children's literature such as The Emperor's New Clothes and The Wizard of Oz.

Variety Plus provides young people and adults an opportunity to perform with a diverse, multi-generational cast, creating a positive theatrical experience and a confidence-building ensemble based on mutual respect. It gives whole families an opportunity to rehearse and perform together.

Auditions posted on web site. Everyone who auditions is cast into a show.

Young Americans' Theatre Company

Founded in 2008, YATC is one of Seattle's entirely youth run theatre companies. Every summer we produce a full season of three main stage shows, occasionally featuring a festival of one acts. Since its inception, it has produced a summer season each year at various Seattle venues.

YATC's work is entirely produced by teenagers ages 14 - 21. YATC provides young people with opportunities to explore every aspect of the theatre, from tech, acting and directing to learning about business and marketing as board members or season interns.

YATC is dedicated to producing work that speaks to, inspires, and authentically provokes discussion within the young Seattle community. Each year, a new board of students take over the company’s administration, keeping it fresh and relevant.

Calls posted on website and through the TPS Audition Listing Service.

Young Shakespeare Workshop

West Seattle

Mailing Address:

6523 California Ave SW, #214
Seattle, WA 98136


(206) 284-7580


Contact:  Darren Lay, Artistic Director.

YSW was founded in 1992. In 2011 it received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation's highest honor for after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs. The YSW is a tuition free, academic-year and summer program which offers training in a variety of Shakespearean skills for ages 14-19. Younger students are occasionally accepted.

  • The First-Year Program is a 7 week series of week-long classes held for 3 hours each afternoon during the summer which culminate in a performance.  An audition is required (April or May).  
  • The Returning Student Program is for students who have completed the first year program. Returning youth produce and perform a Shakespearean play which travels to both indoor and outdoor venues in the Seattle area during the summer months. The rehearsal period lasts 5 weeks with daily rehearsals held during the week and some weekends. The performance runs for 4-5 weeks with evening and matinee performances on weekends. 
  • During the academic year, YSW works closely with Language Arts teachers to develop various in-class residency models for students studying a Shakespeare play. 
  • During the academic year, YSW offers after-school performance project residencies on-site at public schools. YSW serves high schools that have cut their drama programs. 
  • Workshop announcements posted on TPS Audition Listing Service.

Mercer Island

Stroum Jewish Community Center
Mercer Island
3801 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island WA 98040

Karli Schiller <>

Contact: Karli Schiller, Youth & Family Program Coordinator
The Stroum Jewish Community Center offers summer Performing Arts Camps for 1st through 8th graders. In Performing Arts Camp kids hone a wide array of theater and entertainment skills. Each Performing Arts Camp three-week session culminates in a performance for families, friends, and fellow campers in the SJCC auditorium. Components of PAC include: theatre fundamentals, backstage theatre production, music, singing, dance, art, plus outdoor physical recreation and field trips.

Youth Theatre Northwest

P.O. Box 296

Mercer Island, WA 98040


(206) 232-4145 ext. 106


Contact  Amanda Lee Williams, Education & Outreach Director. 

Youth Theatre Northwest offers performing arts education for ages 3 to 18:

  • Early Childhood Programs are skills-based classes for ages 3-5.  They are held once each week, either in the morning or early afternoon, for several weeks.  Children must be fully potty-trained.  Click Here for information.
  • Early Release Mondays is a performance and skills-based program for grades K-2 and 3-5.  They are offered every quarter of the school year on Mondays from 2:30p-3:45.  Bus transportation is available with the YTN registrar.  Youth board the bus at their school at 2:00 pm and are driven to YTN where staff meet and escort them into the theatre.  Click Here for grades K-2 information.  Click Here for grades 3-5 information.
  • Foundations/Preparatory Drama are skills-based classes offered to ages 5-7 one day each week for a series of weeks.  Classes are held after school.  Click Here for information.
  • The Continuing Journey/Continuing Level Drama Classes offer either skills-based or performance-based classes every quarter during weekday evenings or after school for a series of weeks for ages 8-11.  The touring company and performance series require weekday evening and weekend morning commitments, as well as some missed school days.  Click Here for information.
  • The TEEN programming offers performance and backstage experience:
    • The Performance Series for ages 8 and up is a performance-based class held every quarter on one weekday evening and one weekend morning for a series of weeks.  Click Here for information.
    • The Touring Company is a performance-based class held 2 aftenoons per week for ages 9 and up.  The class will require missing some school, as participants perform at local elementary schools.  Auditions are mandatory.  Call to schedule an audition appointment.  Click Here for information.
    • YTN Student Cabaret is a performance-based class for ages 12 and up.  During the intital rehearsal phase, rehearsals are once or twice a week; during the final rehearsal phase (i.e. 2 to 3 weeks prior to the performance), nightly rehearsals are required. For inquiries about scheduling an audition, please call the front desk at (206) 232-4145 x100.  Auditions are mandatory. Click Here for information.
    • Student Stage Manager/Crew is a program where youth age 1o and up participate as back stage crew (e.g. light board operator, sound board operator, running crew) or stage manager for Mainstage productions.  Click Here for information.
  • Customized Classes can be arranged for a group of  6 or more. 


East Side

Bellevue Youth Theatre
Year-Round Audition, Rehearsal and Performance Locations:

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16051 NE 10th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008

Crossroads Community Center
16000 NE 10th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008

South Bellevue Community Center
14509 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA 98008

(425) 452-7155

Contact: James McClain, Program and Artistic Director.
Founded in 1990, Bellevue Youth Theater is supported by The Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation and administered by the City of Bellevue Parks and Community Services. BYT presents 11 productions per year using young actors and adults. A wide range of classes, workshop and day camp programs are also offered.

The BYT is dedicated to providing opportunities for all young people in the theater, ages 8 to 19, or children under 8 with a parent or guardian present at all times. Persons with disabilities, families and older adults are encouraged to participate.

Auditions are posted on Facebook and the website. Everyone who auditions gets a role, no one is turned away and there are no barriers to participation. Actors are not paid.

Studio East


11730 118th Ave NE, Suite 100

Kirkland, WA 98034


(425) 820-1800


Contact: Lani Brockman, Executive Artistic Director.

Founded in 1992, Studio East serves over 70,000 people annually with a comprehensive program of drama classes, theater arts camps, and Mainstage productions for children from ages 4 through 19. Studio East produces 8-9 youth productions annually, all of which are audition and tuition based. Our school-year productions perform in our Mainstage theater in Kirkland, which seats 150 audience members, while our Summer Teen Musical performs at the 400-seat Kirkland Performance Center. We occasionally cast adult actors in our youth productions.  Audition information can be found on website.

Studio East provides a variety of performing arts education opportunities:

  • YAPI, the Young Actor’s Professional Intensive, is our founding program. It consists of 6 weeks of rigorous training in the performing arts during July and August for students age 13-19. Entrance is by audition.
  • After School Classes and Homeschool Classes are offered for grades preK-12 on weekdays and on Saturday mornings.
    ArtReach is a 6 week, after-school musical production program at area elementary and middle schools.
  • Workshops are offered on a variety of topics year-round for all ages, both on weekends and school holidays.
  • School Break Camps are 1 week performance and skills-based day camps for grades 1-8. They are held during the Mid-Winter and Spring breaks for most school districts.
  • The Summer Camp program offers 1 and 2-week skill-building and performance-based day camps for grades pre-K-12.
  • SE's Mainstage program produces 8-9 youth plays and musicals annually, all of which are audition and tuition based.

Village Theatre



Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

303 Front Street North

Issaquah, WA 98027


(425) 392-1942 x147


Contact  Suzie Bixler, Education Director. 

Village Theatre's Kidstage and Tap programs offer performing arts education:

  • Kidstage (School-Year) classes & camps offer introductory to advanced skills and performance-based classes for pre-K to age 20.  Classes and workshops are held on weekdays after school, in the evenings or Saturday mornings for a series of weeks.  Click Here for information.
  • Kidstage (School-Year) Production Programs teach youth performance and production skills:
    • The Ensemble Group is a performance-based class for grades 4 though 8.  Students practice singing, dancing, acting and character development.  Rehearsals run 2 to 3 afternoons per week with some weekend rehearsals for 6 to 8 weeks.  Auditions and interviews are by appointment.  Click Here for information.
    • The Teen Select Group is an advanced performance-based class where students learn script analysis, character development, choreography and vocal production.  Rehearsals run 2 to 3 afternoons per week with some weekend rehearsals for 6 to 8 weeks.  Auditions and interviews are by appointment.   Click Here for information.
    • The Company Originals Group is a 5-month workshop for advanced performers and writers ages 13 though 20. In collaborattion with professional writers, composers and lyricists, students create an original musical which is presented either as a staged reading or a performance.   Meeting times vary based on the project's needs.  Auditions and interviews are by appointment.   Click Here for information.
  • Kidstage Summer Stock is a performance based program for ages 8 through 18.  Rehearsals run Mondays through Fridays for 4 to 5 hours a day from mid-June to early August (each students' time committments may differ, however).  Auditions are in May.  Click Here for information.           
  • Summer Independent is a mentorship program for ages 13 and up to learn to create a full-scale production.  Students learn every aspect of production, including performing, directing, stage management, set and costume design and construction, sound and lights, and the business of theatre.  Rehearsals are in the evenings, Monday through Friday, from early-June to mid-July.  Auditions are in May.  Click Here for information.                                                                                                                             
  • T.A.P. (Teen Apprentice Program) is a mentorship program.  All  potential T.A.P. participants must complete the  Tap Application Form and interview with a Kidstage stage manager.
    • T.A.P Orchestral Performance is for ages 14 and up.  Students receive instruction and perform with professional orchestral musicians.  Auditions are in May.  Click Here for information.
    • T.A.P. Mainstage Performance. Youth with performance experience, either at Village Theatre or elsewhere, may audition for any Village Theatre Mainstage production. The time committment is 9 weeks.  Click Here for audition information.
    • T.A.P. Production program teaches non-performance theatre skills.  Students are able to study the following:
      • Management--Stage management, production management and technical direction.
      • Direction--Stage direction, choreography and musical direction.
      • Design--Sets, lights, sound, costumes and props
      •  Technical Theatre--Carpentry, painting, props construction, costume construction, lighting and sound and running crew.  Click Here for information.                          
      • Kidstage Junior Instructors Program--Trains students 14 and up to be drama instructors.   Click Here for information. 


Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Performing Arts Theatre School
200 Madison Avenue North
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

(206) 842-4560 x 3

Contact: Liz Ellis, Director of Education

Bainbridge Performing Arts Theatre School offers fall, winter, spring and summer classes for Pre-K through adults. All levels of experience are welcome:

  • Year-Round Programs offer both skills and performance-based classes for students from age 4 to retirment. Most youth classes are held on 1 or 2 weekdays after school for 6 to 10 weeks.
  • The Summer Programs are 4-to-5-week-long skill and performance based day-camps for grades 4 though 12 that culminate in a full-scale production. Camps meets Monday through Friday.
  • Home School Classes can be set up at your home, or students can be brought to the theatre for class.
  • Year-Round Performances include Fall Play Festival, Winter Showcase, Spring Send-Off, and Summer Production.


North Sound

Bellingham Academy for the Arts
1059 N. State St
Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 306-8531



Founded in 2006, BAAY (Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth) enriches the lives of children through the exploration of the arts. BAAY offers three programs: EduArts, after-school enrichment program in schools across Whatcom County; Bellingham Preschool of the Arts, an arts-focused preschool; and the BAAY Theatre, a 120-seat theater where music, theater, voice, art and dance programs take place.

In BAAY's history, no child has ever been turned away for lack of ability to pay the tuition cost associated with our programs. Scholarship funds are available to any child that can follow basic rules.

Village Theatre

Everett Performing Arts Center

2710 Wetmore Avenue

Everett, WA 98201



(425) 257-6371


Contact:  Lisa Nathans, Education Director. 

The Year-Round Classes & Camps, KIDSTAGE (School-Year) Production Programs, KIDSTAGE SummerStock, Summer Independent and all T.A.P Programs are also offered at the Village Theatre Everett location.  See main Village Theatre listing above.  Below are programs offered only at the Everett location:

  • The Village Theatre Institute provides skills and performance-based classes after school or in the evenings during the school year for ages 9 to 20.  Students taking the performance track present showcase performances.  Performance students have casting priority in certain Village Theatre Mainstage productions and staged readings.  Auditions are in early September.   Click Here for information.
  • Arts Adventures Pre-School is a skills-based school year program held 2 mornings per week for a series of weeks.  Click Here for Arts Adventures Pre-school information.


Whidbey Island

Whidbey Children's Theatre

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1493

Langley, WA 98260


Theatre Address:

723 Camano Avenue

Langley, WA 98260

(360) 221-8707

Contact: Ann M. Johnson, Managing Director.

Founded in 1981, Whidbey Children's Theater uses the historic Langley Middle School auditorium and classrooms in a collaborative arrangement with the South Whidbey School District. WCT brings arts opportunities to the schools through art, music, scriptwriting, set design, theater tech, and more.

WTC offers five to seven productions for youth performers every season as well as classes and workshops. Each production has a different age range and every season has at least two offerings for Grades 3 - 12.

The WCTeen program, housed in WTC's blackbox theatre, offers classes, productions and intensives for youth ages 14-19.


Classes and camp program shifts organically as space, skilled instruction, and timelines allow. Visit WCT's registration and auditioning pages for more information.



South Sound

Tacoma Little Theatre
210 North I Street
Tacoma, WA 98403


(253) 272-2281


Contact: Chris Serface, Managing Artistic Director.

Tacoma Little Theatre began in 1918 as the Tacoma Chapter of the Drama League of America. Education in the arts was and remains a core part of TLT's mission. TLT offers year-round education to youth of all ages. Consult TLT's website for updated information. (See also Theatres: Community Theatre)

Tacoma Little Theatre offers year-round education to youth ages 8-16.   Click Here for information.  (See Ch. 1 Theatres: Community Theatres)

Creative Theatre Experience
P.O. Box 2192
Olympia, WA 98507

(360) 596-7112 (summer season)
(360) 836-0283 (year round message phone)

Contact Kathy Dorgan, Artistic Director.

Founded in 1981, Creative Theatre Experience is a six-week summer children’s theatre education program. CTE offers workshops in theatre, dance, art, and music, all culminating in age-appropriate stage productions at the end of our summer season. The following table summarizes CTE’s workshop offerings.

Entering Grades

1 ~ 7

Arts Festival Workshop
6 ~ 12
Showcase Workshop, featuring a musical production
6 ~ 12
Spotlight Workshop, featuring a non-musical production
6 ~ 8
Tech Theatre Workshop, focusing on supporting CTE’s productions behind the scenes
9 ~ 12
Production Team, focusing on supporting CTE’s productions behind the scenes

Refer to web site for up-to-date information.

Tri-Cities Washington

Academy of Children's Theatre
213 Wellsian Way,
Richland, WA 99352

(509) 943 6027

Contact: Josh Darby, Artistic Director.
The Academy of Children's Theatre produces 5 Main Stage Productions a year that are audition based for students grades 4 through Adult. ACT's monthly classes feature age-appropriate material for every child. Students learn everything from the basics of theatre to the overall production of a live performance.

Saturday Classes— ACT offers classes almost every Saturday of the school year. These classes are themed around different theatrical and literary ideas. Classes available for children ages 3.5 to 18.

After School Classes & Performance Groups — ACT offers a variety of audition or script based groups.

Performance Groups — Performance groups are audition-only groups for actors or singers looking to hone their craft. Auditions take place in May and sometimes also in the fall if spaces are available. These groups are a school-year commitment.



Columbia Gorge School of Theatre (GA)
Mailing Address:

9215 NE 316th St
La Center, WA 98629

Camp Address:
c/o Lewis and Clark College

0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, OR 97219

(503) 367-2538


Contacts: Jan James, Executive Director and Jesse Merz, Artistic Director.

Founded in 1997, the Columbia Gorge School of Theatre (CGST) is an actor training summer program for youth 8 to 18 who love theatre. Every year, The CGST seeks a professional staff made up of theatre artists and experienced professionals for its summer performing arts camp. Check their web page for details. Equity contracts are possible (CGST currently uses a Guest Artist Contract. See Ch.1: Partial Equity).

Northwest Children’s Theatre and School

1819 NW Everett Street

Portland, OR 97209-2189


(503) 222-2190 x 15


Contact: Leigh Mallonee, Education Director

The mission of Northwest Children’s Theater and School is to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of young audiences. NCTS provides a year round theater school with classes and productions featuring top Northwest professionals and area young people. NWCTS’s education department is made up of four main programs:

Theatre School: On-site classes and camps for ages 3-18
Outreach: After-School Drama Clubs, Playlabs, and Residencies in area schools
First-Stage: Creative dramatics at pre-schools and daycare centers
Second Stage: Advanced training programs


Theater School classes meet on Saturdays. Terms are 8 weeks; Summer Camp is 11 weeks:

Fall: September-November
Winter: January-March
Spring: April-May
Summer: June-August

Second Stage is NWCTS's advanced training program, comprised of Kids' Company (ages 8-14), Studio JR (9-11), Studio NW (12-14), and Interns NW (15-18). They are designed to give young performers hands-on training with professional guest artists and NWCT staff. Through advanced instruction, specialized workshops, and performance opportunities, Kids' Co and Studio members develop their craft, strengthen their technique, and expand their skill set.

All NWCT classes, camps, and most Second Stage programs are tuition based. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying students.

All levels are invited to register for Theater School and Outreach classes; no audition required. Second Stage programs are by audition and invitation only.

(See Ch.1 Theatres: Partial Equity Theatre, Children's Theatre) 

Oregon Children’s Theatre
Studios and Offices:
1939 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232


Theatre Address:
Newmark & Winningstad Theaters
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205


(503) 228-9571

Instagram: octportland


Contact:  Dani Baldwin, Education Director. 

Oregon Children's Theatre produces 5 professional plays for children and families each year. OCT casts age-appropriately (youth for youth roles, adults for adult roles) and all actors are paid.Oregon Children's Theatre offers performing arts education to youth ages 4-18.

  • Year-Round Programs include performance and skills-based classes held after school on weekdays and Saturday mornings or afternoons.  Each class has a demonstration or performance at the end of the session.  Year-round classes for pre-school aged youth are offered on weekdays in the mid-to-late afternoons.  All sessions are 8 weeks long. Click link for more information:

  • Summer Programs are either 1 week or 2 week day-camps with a performance at the end of the session.  Several camps are offered through out the summer.
  • The OCT Young Professional Company produces 3 shows a season by teens for teens at our studio location. Click link for more information:
  • Home School curriculum and classes are available for ages 4-18 upon request.

(See Ch. 1 Theatres:  Children's Theatre, Community Theatre, Musical Theatre, & Partial Equity Theatre)


Greater Oregon

Columbia Gorge School of Theatre 

1381 Snowden Road
White Salmon WA 98672 USA

Toll-Free: 1-(800) 405-3450
Tel: (509) 493-1213
Fax: (509) 493-1501

The Columbia Gorge School of  Theatre (CGST) is a summer-only performance arts camp for ages 8-18.  Full-day camps are offered Monday through Saturday in 2 or 4 week sessions.  Some sessions are overnight camps.   Click Here for information.

Actor's Cabaret of Eugene

ACE Youth Academy

996 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97401

(541) 683-4368


Contact  Joe Zingo, Artistic Director. 

Actor's Cabaret of Eugene offers a variety of performing arts classes for children 5 and older through their ACE Youth Academy. Call or email for more details.