OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
We aim to inspire and encourage the next generation of the theatre community by providing a safe, creative space where young people can freely express themselves and their ideas. Through this we hope to foster in them a strong sense of community, passion and appreciation for the arts.
Calgary Young People’s Theatre (CYPT) was founded in 1992 by Brian Dorscht and Jackie Pontin. Since then CYPT has prided itself on providing numerous development opportunities to young people to explore the performing arts and develop their creativity and teamwork skills through camps, classes, workshops and production opportunities.
CYPT produces a theatrical season made up of 4 productions, in which youth ages 9-17 audition for the chance to be a part of a professional theatre process and performance. We offer a mentor-ship program within our productions, giving older students or recent alumni, a chance to shadow our production team to learn other theatrical skills including directing, stage management or design.
We pride ourselves on the selection of plays we choose each year that challenge, inspire and entertain our young actors and audiences alike. Over the past few years we have aimed to engage members of the arts community by commissioning original works or adaptations by local playwrights for our season.
We endeavor to offer our participants a well-rounded arts experience through collaboration with other community and arts groups.
CYPT provides opportunities to children from all walks of life through our bursary program, which can cover up to the full amount of program fees based on an application process.
We have a number of experienced staff working at CYPT each with individual areas of theatrical expertise. Artistic Director Kristin Eveleigh and General Manager Gillian Webster coordinate the day-to-day organization and artistic planning of the company such as productions, annual programming and staffing. Instructors, Directors and Production Staff are all educational or theatre professionals and are all contracted on a project-to-project basis.
Instructors, Directors & Designers
The instructors, designers and directors that work for CYPT are all dedicated to the theatre arts in a variety of different areas. We employ a diverse mixture of professional actors, directors, improvisers, musicians and playwrights as well as drama teachers and senior university theatre students. Our instructors and directors are all passionate about instructing children ensuring that CYPT offers students a very comprehensive and fun educational experience.