Young People’s Theater Arts

The Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops (YPTAW) take place during the month of July. The Centre buzzes with activity, culminating in multiple performances, including two nights of a fully realized production of Shakespeare. Kids come back year after year and count their YPTAW experiences and friendships as some of their most meaningful.

Co-sponsored by Clark Companies, and NYCM Insurance. Supported by the Robert B. and Addie P. Thomson Trust and Anna L. Mabey Foundation.

Contact us to request a registration and/or scholarship form.

Jul 01
Acting Skills with Lillian Meredith
West Kortright Centre - 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith, NY 13757
Jul 08
Music for Shakespeare with Stephen Bennett
various - 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith, NY 13757
Jul 08
Shakespeare with Lillian Meredith
various - 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith, NY 13757
Jul 10
The Art of Comedy with Hana Roth Seavy
Meredith Historical Society - 10044 Elk Creek Road, East Meredith, NY 13757
Jul 22
Costume Design with Gary Graham
West Kortright Centre - 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith, NY 13757
Jul 23
Behind the Scenes: Technical Theater
West Kortright Centre - 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith, NY 13757
Aug 02
Shakespeare in the Valley
West Kortright Centre - 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith, NY 13757
Aug 03
Shakespeare in the Valley
West Kortright Centre - 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith, NY 13757

Acting Skills

With Lillian Meredith
Monday–Wednesday, July 1–3, 1–4PM
Ages 13–19; $100/$75 WKC Member

Teens learn a variety of acting skills that will help them in Shakespeare and beyond. Improv, viewpoints, and text analysis are some of the techniques we will explore.

Music for Shakespeare

With Stephen Bennett
Mondays–Fridays
July 8–13, 11AM–1PM; July 22–26, 11AM–2PM; July 29–August 2, 1–5PM
Ages 12–19; $350/$300 WKC Member

This four-week workshop culminates in performing the music for the August 2 & 3rd performances at the Shakespeare in the Valley event. (Schedule allows for joint enrollment with WKC Shakespeare acting workshop at a discount)

Theater Games

With Terry Bradshaw
Monday–Friday, July 8–12, 1–4PM
Ages 6–9; $130/$100 WKC Member

Students will learn basic acting skills using group improvisations and creative play and developing theatrical imagination and self-confidence. There will be a performance for family members on Friday, July 13, at 3 PM.

Shakespeare

With Lillian Meredith
Mondays–Fridays, July 8–August 2, 1–5PM
Ages 13–19; $470/$420 WKC Member

Intensive ensemble acting taught by Lillian Meredith. The workshop will culminate in two evenings of a fully staged production of Macbeth at 8 PM on August 2 and 3, following the 6 PM Introduction to Acting performance and picnic dinner.

The Art of Comedy

With Hana Roth Seavy
Three days: Wednesday 7/10, Thursday 7/11, & Wednesday 7/17, 10:30AM–12:30PM
Ages 12–19; $75/$50 WKC Member

This three-day interactive workshop explores the history of comedy. Students will practice improv, slapstick, physical comedy & more from a musical comedy writer and graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.

Introduction to Acting

With Vanessa Van Burek and Mary Claire Davis    
Tuesday–Friday, July 23–26 and Monday–Friday, July 29–August 2, 11AM–3PM
Ages 9–12; $200/$180 WKC Member

The actors will focus on character development, movement, stage presence, and improvisational skills and develop a strong sense of tribe and passion for theater. They will present two full-dress performances of an original production at 6 PM on August 2 & 3, with music by Anaar Desai-Stephens.

Behind the Scenes: Technical Theater

With Tony Aukstikalnis & Tom Meredith
Tuesdays–Fridays, July 22–August 2, 11AM–3PM
Ages 12–19; $210/$180 WKC Member

Students will be involved with all phases of technical theater production—set design, scene painting, lighting design, props, and sound—for the two performances of Macbeth on August 2 & 3.

Costume Design

With Gary Graham
Mondays–Fridays, July 22–August 2, 1–5PM
Ages 12–19; $230/$200 WKC Member

We are thrilled to welcome celebrated designer Gary Graham to the WKC Young People’s Theater Arts Team! Participants will learn costume design and production plus backstage dressing for the entire cast of Macbeth on August 2 & 3.