Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops

The West Kortright Centre is planning our YPTAW programs to be in-person (outside!), following NYS, CDC, and Delaware County guidance on Covid-19. These schedules and guidelines are subject to change. Attendee parents will be notified of any changes. Changes will not conflict with state and county guidelines.



Registration is open for the workshops below!

Please contact Assistant Director Siri Bertelsen with any questions siri@westkc.org

INTRODUCTION TO ACTING

Play: The Love for Three Oranges

Ages: 9-13

Workshop Fee: $200 (WKC Members); $230 (Non-members)

Dates: July 18 – July 29, Monday – Friday

Time: 11am – 3pm 

Performances will be on Friday July 29 & Saturday July 30, starting at 6 pm

Taught by YPTAW alumna Vanessa Van Burek. Actors will focus on character development, stagecraft basics, movement, stage presence, music, and improvisational skills, all while developing a strong sense of tribe and passion for theater. The workshop will culminate in two outdoor performances on July 29th & 30th (rain or shine) as part of the annual Shakespeare in the Valley productions. Students must be 9 by the beginning of the workshop. Students who are turning 13 by the end of the year can opt for either Intro OR Shakespeare. 

Register online here 

Workshop fees don’t cover our operating costs! If you are able, please consider making an additional donation to help keep the fees affordable for everyone.

Need-based scholarships are also available. Scholarship requests can be marked & submitted on the downloadable scholarship request form.

Donations to the Nancy Fales Garrett Scholarship Fund can be made here. (Specify NFG Scholarship Fund)

Memberships can be purchased here.

COSTUMES FOR SHAKESPEARE

Ages: 12-19yo (by 12/22)

Workshop Fee: $180 (WKC Members); $210 (Non-members)

Dates: July 18 – July 29, Monday – Friday

Time:  1pm – 5pm with late night dress rehearsals Wednesday 7/27 and Thusday 7/28 (1pm – 11pm)

Performances will be on Friday July 29 & Saturday July 30, starting at 6 pm

Participants are expected to help with Sunday Strike on Sunday, July 31st.

Instructor Mel Montoya. Participants are involved in all phases of costuming—design, production, and backstage dressing for the entire cast of The Winter’s Tale on July 29th & 30th.

Register online here.

Workshop fees don’t cover our operating costs! If you are able, please consider making an additional donation to help keep the fees affordable for everyone.

Need-based scholarships are also available. Scholarship requests can be marked & submitted on the downloadable scholarship request form.

Donations to the Nancy Fales Garrett Scholarship Fund can be made here. (specify NFG Scholarship Fund).

Memberships can be purchased here.

MUSIC FOR SHAKESPEARE

Ages: 12-19yo (by 12/22)

Workshop Fee: $300 (WKC Members); $350 (Non-members);

If already signed up for the Shakespeare Workshop the fee is $200 (WKC Members) and $250 (Non-members)

Dates: July 5 – July 29, Monday – Friday 

Time: 11am-12:30pm with late-night dress rehearsals on Wednesday (7/27) & Thursday (7/28)

Performances will be on Friday, July 29th & Saturday, July 30th starting at 6 pm

Open to singers and musicians of all types. Instrumental musicians will be responsible for having their own instruments and should have at least a basic proficiency with them. The workshop will form the band for Shakespeare in the Valley’s production on July 29 and July 30, and will play and sing the score for the show. During the workshop, participants will be guided through dramatic songwriting, musical styles, collaborating and recording music (played and sung).

Stephen Bennett has been writing music for theater for more than ten years, beginning while he was still training and working as an actor. He has written music for works including Highly Impractical Theatre’s Three Sisters, Linked Dance Theatre’s Freaks Don’t Cry, several productions with This is Not a Theatre Company, as well as Dominic Finocchiaro’s brut. He has composed and music directed for the West Kortright Centre’s Shakespeare in the Valley program since 2017. Stephen recently completed his master’s degree at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Register online here

Workshop fees don’t cover our operating costs! If you are able, please consider making an additional donation to help keep the fees affordable for everyone.

Need-based scholarships are also available. Scholarship request form.

Donations to the Nancy Fales Garrett Scholarship Fund can be made here. (Specify NFG Scholarship Fund)
Memberships can be purchased here.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE VALLEY

Play: The Winter’s Tale

Ages: 13-19yo (by 12/22)

Workshop Fee: $500 (WKC Members); $550 (Non-members)

Dates: July 5 – July 29, Monday – Friday

Time: 1pm – 5pm

Tech Rehearsal will be the final week (7/25 – 7/29) with extended hours from 1p – 7p and late-night dress rehearsals on Wednesday & Thursday.

Performances will be on Friday July 29 & Saturday 30, starting at 6 pm.

Actors are expected to help with Sunday Strike on Sunday, July 31st.

Registration for this workshop is full. Please email Siri to be added to the waitlist: siri@westkc.org 

Taught by YPTAW alumna and NYC theater professionals, Lillian Meredith and Stephen Bennett. This intensive ensemble acting workshop culminates in two outdoor performances on Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30th (rain or shine) as part of the annual Shakespeare productions. Attendee capacity is limited. For children ages 13–19 (by December 2022)

Workshop fees don’t cover our operating costs! If you are able, please consider making an additional donation to help keep the fees affordable for everyone.

Need-based scholarships are also available. Scholarship requests can be marked & submitted on the downloadable Scholarship request form.

Donations to the Nancy Fales Garrett Scholarship Fund can be made here.

Memberships can be purchased here.

THEATER GAMES

Ages: 6–9 (by start of workshop)

Workshop Fee: $100 (WKC Members); $130 (Non-members)

Dates: June 27 – July 1, Monday – Friday

Time: 1pm – 4pm

A performance will be held on Friday, July 1 at 3pm.

Registration is full. Please email Siri to be added to the waitlist: siri@westkc.org 

Taught by theater professional Terry Bradshaw with Rose McPheely assisting.

Students will learn basic acting skills using group improvisations and creative play to encourage theatrical imagination, self-confidence, and how to have fun with theater.

There will be a performance for family members at the workshop’s conclusion at 3PM on Friday, July 1. 

Workshop fees don’t cover our operating costs! If you are able, please consider making an additional donation to help keep the fees affordable for everyone.

Need-based scholarships are also available. Scholarship requests can be marked & submitted on the downloadable scholarship request form.

Donations to the Nancy Fales Garrett Scholarship Fund can be made here. (specify NFG Scholarship Fund)

Memberships can be purchased here.