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Young People's Theatre/YPT

165 Front Street East Toronto, Ontario, M5A 3Z4 Locations: Virtual Program (view map)

6 to 18 (Coed )
Day camp, Family programs
Theatre Arts
$375 to $720
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)


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Young People's Theatre/YPT

YPT’s Summer & March Break Drama Camps provide students entering Gr. 1-12 with an opportunity to discover the power of their creative voice. Working with seasoned arts educators they'll explore the breadth of their imaginations to collaboratively create a unique piece of theatre. Senior students can immerse themselves in devised theatre, film-making or music theatre. Join us!

The Our Kids review of Young People's Theatre/YPT


YPT,  by anyone’s reckoning, is a great Canadian arts institution. Founded in 1966, it hit the ground running, producing professional quality plays, and rightly gaining widespread attention because of it. Susan Rubes, the founder, was something of a force in the arts, and an indefatigable proponent both of what kids could do and what her programs should do for them. She believed that “Only the best is good enough for children,” and built YPT in that vein. It soon grew to a stature equal to the professional companies in Toronto, becoming an important part of the city’s cultural scene. Directorship was filled by a who’s who of the theatre world, including Richard Ouzounian, and Peter Moss, who arrived from a role at the Stratford Festival. The perspective wasn't that children’s theatre was a lesser, smaller version of adult theatre, but rather that it was a unique and vital expression on par with it. That sense remains to this day, and kids who participate are truly participating in something very much at the heart of Canadian theatre and its traditions. Directorship is as good as it gets, as is the faculty who run the programs. For kids interested in the arts, the experience of participating in the YPT is as inspiring as it is singular. It’s arguably the foremost program of its kind in the country, a position it’s maintained for over half a century.

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Past Sessions:

Day Camp
Musical Theatre
Ages: 12 - 18
Musical Theatre|Theatre Arts
Day Camp
Theatre Arts
Ages: 12 - 14
Theatre Arts
Day Camp
Ages: 12 - 18
Acting Film & TV|Theatre Arts|Photo/Video
Day Camp
Theatre Arts
Ages: 15 - 18
Theatre Arts

Camp Address
165 Front Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 3Z4
Other locations: Virtual Program


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Director's Message

Drama School Director, Liz Pounsett

At the YPT Drama School, our students are front and centre in all that we do, from our weekly drama classes to our intensive advanced training workshops. Led by professional artist educators with extensive teaching experience, we are proud to offer thoughtful programming that inspires and challenges students through engaging play and the fun of telling their own stories. Join us this season and discover the wonder and excitement of the theatre!

Cost & Financial Aid

Cost: $375 to $720 /session

Payment Options:

Credit card payment Yes
Maximum installments available 1

Scholarships & awards:

  • Bursary Program

    Amount: 100% Deadline: Rolling
    Type: Need based
    Details: All young people deserve to be seen, to be heard and to matter. Consequently, Young People’s Theatre seeks to reduce barriers such as cost to participation in its programs. Our bursaries are made possible by The Slaight Family Foundation and the generous donations of individuals in the YPT community. The Drama School’s annual bursary fund is allocated with fairness in mind, and with the goal of granting as many opportunities as possible for children and youth to express themselves theatrically and discover the power of their own creative voice and imagination. Bursary applications will be held in complete confidence.

    Application Details: Bursary applications can be downloaded from our website. Please return a completed bursary application along with a registration form. Forms can be mailed, faxed or handed into the Box Office.


Here's what people are saying about YPT's Drama Camps

"It helped build his teamwork skills, which are key to his success at school, as well as reinforcing his self-confidence (and he learned a fantastic Russian accent!)" - Drama School parent

"My daughter (9) who has anxiety issues is learning to be more confident in your drama program. She loves the programs." - Drama School parent

"Awesome, fun experience -- they can't stop talking about it" - Drama School parent

"I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate you and your company for running such a fabulous camp. Everyone I have encountered has been cheerful, professional, passionate and dedicated. I am impressed!" - Drama School parent

"These are my people." - Drama School student


In the News

December 13, 2016 - Seuss! Dahl! Munsch! YPT Announces a Great Season of Storytellers!

The 2016/17 Season at YPT marks the return of two of YPT’s most popular musicals - Seussical and Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. ...

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