The Youth Theater Project (YTP) is in its 27th year!
We are extremely proud of the meaningful and moving plays our youth artists have created in our nearly three decades of youth programming and are equally excited as we look into the future, especially as we gear up for Spring YTP 2023, our first in-person YTP since Covid began.
YTP Spring 2023 is a 9 week intensive program which will run from February 15 through April 19.
Workshop sessions will meet after school on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Mime Troupe Studio in the Mission district. YTP 2023 will culminate in a final performance weekend that will take place Friday, April 14th and Saturday, April 15th.
PLEASE NOTE: YTP is open to all high school aged students and recent high school grads. If you have questions about your eligibility, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SF Mime Troupe's YTP is free of charge for all youth theater apprentices.
In fact, our youth participants are paid upon completion of the program.
Applications for YTP 2023 are being accepted now!
The primary goal of the Youth Theater Project is to use theater as a means to artistically and creatively express the opinions of young people on topics that are relevant to their lives.
The Youth Theater Project typically happens once a year, beginning in February and ending in late April. Our Studio is located in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Our theater youth apprentices represent different neighborhoods and communities from all over the Bay and are mentored by a diverse team of theater practitioners/social justice artists.
Youth apprentices commit to an acting and playmaking workshop that meets three days a week, during after school hours.
The program culminates in a public performance where the youth apprentices perform the original plays they create with their ensemble. YTP provides meals and snacks at each workshop session and youth apprentices will be paid at the completion of the program. The Youth Theater Project is entirely funded by foundations & individual donors and is always free to participants.
The curriculum of the workshop process includes: team building exercises, burning issue discussions, story-telling, improvisation, character development, playwriting, and choreography.
The Youth Theater Project promotes artistic expression, discipline, and cross-cultural understanding as creative alternatives to drugs, gangs, prejudice, hostility and violence. YTP is founded on the belief that youth in our society grow up lacking the attention and respect they need to love and respect themselves and to understand each other. The workshop experience fosters an increase in the participant's self-confidence, expands their world view, and leaves them inspired to continue using art as a means of personal and political expression.