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Young People’s Theatre

Artistic Director: Herbie Barnes

Executive Director: Nancy J. Webster

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Young People’s Theatre is the largest Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) company in Canada and a significant institution in the Canadian professional theatre community. Over our 48-year history we have produced many of the most important works that now form the canon of plays for young audiences in this country. Learning is at the centre of everything we do and YPT is renowned as the showplace for presenting important TYA work developed elsewhere. In addition to being a producer and presenter of theatre, YPT has also been home to a year-round Drama School for youth since 1969.

At the centre of YPT’s artistic policy is a desire to have a positive and lasting impact on the emotional, social, and intellectual development of young people in order for them to grow into the unique and wonderful people they were born to be. At YPT we also believe that the more challenging, the more hostile, the more ‘isolated within-the-crowd’ our world becomes, the more we need art to help us interpret the universe, connect with each other, and imagine a better future. If adults need this, kids need it more. The aesthetic vision for YPT is one where three streams of performance are given importance. Firstly, the classics of children’s literature from around the world offer children membership in an ancient childhood, renewing in them the images and inspirations of our own lives as children. Secondly, contemporary works and vigorous new Canadian play development ensure continuing relevance to the real lives of kids. Finally, the Drama School creates theatre for youth by youth.

YPT is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and engages, under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, professional Artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.





The Nathan Cohen Theatre
The Susan Rubes Theatre

Produced by Young People’s Theatre

Truth January 29th, 2024 – February 23rd, 2024
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play November 20th, 2023 – December 30th, 2023
You and I March 15th, 2023 – March 26th, 2023
The Darkest Dark February 2nd, 2023 – April 2nd, 2023
Antigone: 方 April 29th, 2019 – May 16th, 2019
James and the Giant Peach February 6th, 2017 – March 8th, 2017
Seussical November 14th, 2016 – December 31st, 2016
One Thing Leads To Another September 22nd, 2016 – October 8th, 2016
The Wizard of Oz April 4th, 2016 – May 15th, 2016
Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang November 16th, 2015 – January 3rd, 2016
Hana’s Suitcase October 5th, 2015 – October 30th, 2015
Emily’s Piano April 13th, 2015 – May 2nd, 2015
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach November 24th, 2014 – January 4th, 2015
To Kill a Mockingbird October 6th, 2014 – November 2nd, 2014
Sultans of the Street April 28th, 2014 – May 15th, 2014
Minotaur March 24th, 2014 – April 13th, 2014
Annie November 11th, 2013 – December 29th, 2013
Cinderella November 12th, 2012 – December 30th, 2012
Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest May 7th, 2012 – May 17th, 2012
Would You Say The Name of This Play? (nggrfg) November 21st, 2011 – December 3rd, 2011
Seussical November 7th, 2011 – December 30th, 2011
The Big League January 31st, 2011 – February 24th, 2011
A Year With Frog and Toad November 15th, 2010 – December 30th, 2010
The Invisible Girl October 12th, 2010 – October 23rd, 2010
The Princess & the Handmaiden November 15th, 2009 – December 30th, 2009
Pobby and Dingan April 20th, 2009 – May 10th, 2009
The Forbidden Phoenix February 2nd, 2009 – March 11th, 2009
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown November 9th, 2008 – December 30th, 2008
I Think I Can April 9th, 2007 – May 13th, 2007
Seussical November 12th, 2006 – December 31st, 2006

Presented by Young People’s Theatre

The 26 Letter Dance February 26th, 2019 – March 16th, 2019
The Code November 27th, 2018 – December 14th, 2018
What If Romeo and Juliet… October 10th, 2018 – October 19th, 2018
Goodnight Moon February 29th, 2016 – March 19th, 2016
Jabber November 26th, 2013 – December 7th, 2013
A Story Before Time October 16th, 2013 – October 24th, 2013
Known to Police June 15th, 2012 – June 17th, 2012
The Neverending Story February 27th, 2012 – March 17th, 2012
In This World May 10th, 2010 – May 20th, 2010
Cranked April 22nd, 2008 – May 3rd, 2008
Rough House April 8th, 2008 – April 20th, 2008

Current Staff

Herbie Barnes Artistic Director
Nancy J. Webster Executive Director

Former staff

Allen MacInnis Artistic Director
Rick Banville Director of Production
Shanna Miller Technical Director
Ryan Wilson Head Scenic Carpenter
Aiden Nagle Head of Audio
Josh McGill Head Electrician
Lokki Ma Head of Properties
Ilana Harendorf Head of Wardrobe
Mattea Kennedy Head Scenic Artist
Jay Blencowe Head Stage Carpenter
Matt Jordan Studio Technician
Ellie Arscott Scenic Artist
Laura Coats Cutter
Jeff Cummings Production Manager
Alexis Buset Technical Director
Scott Kitcher Stage Carpenter
Jacquie Lazar Head Electrician