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. If you’d like further information, please email Administrative Coordinator Sarah Weigel at sarah@westkc.org. 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.


Capacity for YPTAW programs are limited, please register as soon as you can. When capacities are full, you can be added to a waiting list for that workshop.


Need-based scholarships are available. Scholarship requests can be submitted on this registration form.


Theater Games 2021 (FULL CAPACITY)

Taught by theater professional Terry Bradshaw. 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.

Ages: 6–9 (by 1/20)
Workshop Fee: $100 (WKC Members); $130 (Non-members)
Dates: June 28 - July 2, Monday - Friday (A performances will be held on Friday, July 2 at 3pm.)
Time: 1pm - 4pm

If you would like more information about the Theater Games workshop, please check our event page here.

If you would like to register for the workshop, please register online here.


Introduction to Acting 2021 – (Full Capacity)

Taught by YPTAW alumna Vanessa Van Burek and Mary Davis. 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.

Play: Stranded
Ages: 9-13yo (by 12/21)
Workshop Fee: $200 (WKC Members); $230 (Non-members)
Dates: July 19 - August 1, Monday - Friday
Time: 11a - 2p

If you would like more information about the Introduction to Acting workshop, please check our event page here.

Registration is currently full. Please join our waiting list, where if anything changes we will let you know! If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please register online here.


Shakespeare in the Valley 2021 – (Capacity Extended!)

Taught by YPTAW alumna and NYC theater professionals Lillian Meredith and Stephen Bennett.

Play: Twelfth Night
Ages: 13-19 (by 12/21)
Workshop Fee: $420 (WKC Members); $470 (Non-members)
Dates: July 6 - August 1, Monday - Friday
Time: 1p - 5p

If you would like more information about the Shakespeare in the Valley workshop, please check our event page here.

Registration is currently full. Please join our waiting list, where if anything changes we will let you know! If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please register online here.


Sound Tech for Shakespeare

Open to anyone who wants to learn about sound design, sound operation, and sound cues, this workshop will focus on creating the sonic world of Twelfth Night. Together, the members of this workshop will find sounds to use in the production, order them into cues, and set them up to be run live during the show. No experience is necessary. It may be helpful to have laptops that can connect to the internet for this workshop. Taught by NYC theater professional Stephen Bennett.

Workshop: Sound Tech for Shakespeare
Ages: 12-19 (by 12/21)
Workshop Fee: $120 (WKC Members); $150 (Non-members)
Dates: July 19 - August 1, Monday - Friday 
Time: 1p-5p, Tech Rehearsal will be the final week (7/26 - 7/31) with extended hours from 1p - 7p
Performances will be on Saturday July 31 & Sunday August 1. There will be two performances each day; the first starting at 12p, the second at 4p.

If you would like more information about this Sound Tech workshop, please check our event page here.

If you would like to register for the workshop, please register online here


Music for Shakespeare

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 31 and August 1, 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). Taught by NYC theater professional Stephen Bennett.

Ages: 12–19 (by 12/21)
Workshop Fee: $300 (WKC Members); $350 (Non-members); 
**If already signed up for the Shakespeare Workshop, the fee is reduced to $200 (WKC Members) and $250 (Non-members)
Dates: July 6 - August 1, Monday - Friday 
Time: 11a-12:30p
Tech Rehersal will be the final week (7/26 - 7/31

If you would like more information about this Music workshop, please check our event page here.

If you would like to register for the workshop, please register online here.

Costume Design

Fashion editor and creative collaborator Jess Mederos will be instructing our Costume Design workshop this year. Participants are involved in all phases of costuming—design, production, and backstage dressing for the entire cast of Twelfth Night on July 31 & August 1.

Ages: 12-19 (by 12/21)
Workshop Fee: $180 (WKC Members); $210 (Non-members)
Dates: July 19 – August 1, Monday – Friday
Time:  The first week (7/19 – 7/23) will be from 1pm – 5pm. Tech Rehersal will be the second week (7/26 – 7/30) with extended hours from 1pm – 7pm. Performances will be on Saturday July 31 & Sunday August 1. There will be two performances each day; the first starting at 12pm, the second at 4pm.

More information here
If you would like to register for the workshop, please register online here.


Consider making an additional donation to help keep the fees affordable for everyone. Donations to the Nancy Fales Garrett Scholarship Fund can be made here. Funds will go toward scholarships for YPTAW programs to those in need.