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ARTSies Youth Theatre Programs  

  • Type:
    Day camp, After-school / weekend classes
  • Focus:
    Musical Theatre
  • Cost:
    $40 to $400/week
  • Ages:
    5 to 17
  • Gender:
  • Main language:
  • Capacity:
  • Programs:
  • Summary

    ARTSies Youth Theatre Programs answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    ARTSies specializes in theatre for youth, and there's NO experience necessary to join our programs! Whether your child is a seasoned performer, or has never done anything like this before, there's a place for them in our community. Programs are led by co-founders Libby and Joey, who are experienced educators and have a background as professional performers! We've been based in Markham since 2017, but became the arts education organization in residence at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto in the Fall 2023. Our school year program still has a Markham location, but all shows and summer camps take place at the P.C. Ho Theatre in the CCCGT. We offer Performance Programs, Private Vocal/Piano Lessons, Theatre Camps, and Workshops!

    • Special needs: Yes, mild support.
      A few of our campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "Where most performing arts schools offer a variety of different classes, we have a very specific focus on musical theatre performance.
    Because this is all we do, we are very good at it! We teach to the individual child's comfort and ability level. Those who have more experience may sing solos or be responsible for larger roles, and those who are new or more shy will get a couple of lines and sing in the group numbers to start. Always with the goal of challenging them just enough that there’s growth, while ensuring that they'll be successful- not overwhelmed.
    Being a goal-oriented program- we're always working towards a final show- has so many benefits, & the skills learned extend far beyond the stage!"

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "Co-founders and directors Libby & Joey are very hands on and teach in every Performance Program & Summer Camp!
    Our amazing additional Summer Camp team consists of energetic and passionate leaders who bring plenty of experience in both the arts, and working with children.
    All staff members are Standard First Aid and CPR-C certified.
    Most of our team are university students who are studying theatre, or working towards becoming teachers. Many of them were once students or campers themselves at ARTSies, and love to share their passion for musical theatre with the next generation. It truly is a family!
    Our private lesson faculty hold degrees in music, multiple years of teaching experience, and professional performance experience of their own."

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "Registration for all of our programs is done online and is quick and easy! Once registered, parents have access to our convenient online Parent Portal, where they can enroll in future classes, and make updates to their accounts.

    We're known for our detailed communication. After registration you'll receive a confirmation email. A couple of weeks before your program begins, you'll get an email explaining everything you need to know for the session, and throughout the session you'll get regular communication so you know exactly what your child is working on, what's happening next, and we share tools to help them practice at home.

    School year registration opens in June, and camps open in January."

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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; ARTSies Youth Theatre Programs currently has 1 program available.

    Filter activities available:

    Day Camp
    Ages: 5 - 17
    Musical Theatre, Theatre Arts
    $850 to $930
    Comedy|Vocal Training / Singing|Musical Theatre|Set and Costume Design|Theatre Arts|Storytelling|Arts & Crafts|Creative writing|Leadership Training|Public Speaking

    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 5


    Discount if paid early $30
    Discount for 2nd child $50
    Discount for 3rd child $50
    Discount for 4th child $50
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of ARTSies Youth Theatre Programs

    our take

    ARTSies gives kids a unique opportunity for personal growth through time on stage in musical performance. The principles, Libby and Joey, along with their staff, have an infectious love of the stage and a desire to grow that love in every child in their camps. Here, every child feels like they’re a valuable part of the performance. Parts are tailored to performers’ interests and comfort level, while challenging them to spread their wings. ARTSies is also unique in offering three sessions throughout the school year, each with a complementary program-ending show. The ultimate focus is on creating a memorable experience that will deepen each child’s enthusiasm for all the elements of musical theatre.

    Review(s) of ARTSies Youth Theatre Programs


    Shilpa Shanbhag, Parent

    We recently wrapped up our second show with Artsies. Being part of the Artsies family has been fantastic for my kids. Both of them started out very shy, and seeing their growth - getting up on stage s...

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    Carman Jin, Parent

    Since our kids were old enough to attend camp, we’ve tried a wide range and ARTSies is still our number one ranked. Our kids are always excited to attend, they come back each day with stories of the...

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    Jennifer Chan, Parent

    My daughter has done five shows with ARTSies and my son just recently joined, as well. I am not one to write reviews, but it just goes to show how incredible Libby, Joey, and the ARTSies family are. T...

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    Anthony Dimilta, Parent

    After attending a summer performance of Peter Pan, my daughter was instantly drawn to the opportunity to explore performance and creative arts further and after reading some reviews we signed her up. ...

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    Renata Ortega , Parent

    ARTSies Inc. is an excellent Children's Musical Theater company, they go above and beyond to teach life skills, they are professional and inclusive. The individuals that run the program, Libby and Joe...

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    Maggie Tang, Parent

    My daughter is 14 and has been with ARTSies for 2 years now and I can see the confidence and growth in her. She absolutely loves it. The confidence to speak and be animated in front of an audience rea...

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  • Location & Site Details


    White Haven, Toronto
    5183 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, Ontario, M1B 5Z5
    Markham, ON
    105 Gibson Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R 3K7



    Is ARTSies Youth Theatre Programs technology free? Yes Our goal is to get students away from screen time, active with their bodies, engaging their mind, and connecting with others. If it is absolutely necessary to send a phone to coordinate pick up, it must stay in their bag during class time.

    Property Details


    • Open Field

    More details about property: Our venue features a beautiful 626 seat Proscenium theatre with raked seating- there's not a bad seat in the house! Performers enjoy a spacious backstage area, and rehearse in the dance studio, multi-purpose hall, and other break-away classroom spaces.

    Rentals & Services

    Available for private rentals: Yes
    Contact the CCCGT or the Gibson Centre directly for rental information.

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Libby & Joey, Co-founders
    BMus- Vocal Performance, BEd

    Hi! We’re Libby and Joey. Sometimes our students call us Loey or Jibby because we’re always together! If you popped your head into the room while we’re teaching, you might see us playing along with our students and mistake us for big kids (BIG kids- we’re both 6 feet tall!). In actuality, we have a combined experience of over 40 years as professional performers and arts educators, and have been involved in the Markham area together since 2013. All of our programs are fun, inclusive, educational, and taught by industry professionals (us!). We’re known for our infectious love of the arts, detail-oriented organizational skills, thorough email communication, and our deep passion for serving our community with the very best experiences possible.

    ARTSies is a purpose-driven company, with the heart of a non-profit, that operates with the efficiency and superior customer service of a small business.

    Top 5 Reasons Why We’re Different

    1) Where most performing arts schools offer a variety of different classes, we have a very specific focus on musical theatre performance.

    2) Our goal when we started ARTSies was to support and enhance the arts in our community. There are already a multitude of wonderful dance studios to choose from, which is why we don’t offer technical dance classes (ballet, jazz, tap, etc). However, if you’d like to support those classes with “triple threat” learning and stage experience, you’ve come to the right place! (You can also join us if you have no arts experience at all :)

    3) Many theatre programs audition for entry, and only give spoken parts to those who already demonstrate specific talents. In our shows everyone gets a part and is an important piece of the puzzle! We tailor parts for each individual to suit their comfort level and interests. Always with the goal of challenging them just enough that there’s growth, while ensuring that they will be successful.

    4) Where many children’s activities follow a September to June commitment, we offer the flexibility of three different sessions during the school year- join us for one, two, or all three!

    5) We believe in experiential learning! Most recreational arts programs work towards one year-end show, with children performing a short routine. We provide at least three performance opportunities in our school year, and three more over the Summer! Students are on stage throughout our shows- acting in their own role, singing, and dancing. So much growth happens in the process of learning the show, then reaching that end goal of getting it up in front of an audience!

    We'd love to welcome you to the ARTSies Family! Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions at all.

    [email protected]


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