The company of FROZEN JR. Photo by Every Angle Photography.Disney's FROZEN JR (December 2019). Photo by Every Angle Photography.


Educational programming is a core component of our mission as The Youngstown Playhouse is committed to providing opportunities that broaden participation in and understanding of the performing arts for youth and adults alike.


Under the leadership of Youth Theatre Program Director, Sarah Jane Demetruk, we serve nearly 150 children annually (ages 5–18) through classes, workshops, and productions (which are free participation, with no “pay-to-play” fees). Our most recent Youth Theatre mainstage production of Disney’s Frozen Jr. (December 2019) featured the talents of 40 young performers, played three sold-out public performances with 1,315 attendees and hosted three school performances, serving 12 schools, two assisted living facilities, and 1,260 student attendees. Participating districts for school performances in the 2019/20 Season included Badger, Crestview, Farrell, Girard, Jackson, Lakeview, Lordstown, Mathews, Salem, Struthers, Western Reserve, and Youngstown City Schools. 



Saturdays: September 19 - October 24
Registration is now closed for this session. 



Remote Classes

While our stages are dark during the COVID-19 public health crisis, our Youth Theatre has transitioned to remote programming so that we may educate and engage virtually until we can safely open our doors for in-person classes and public performances. These online classes are suitable for ages 5-18 and will examine all aspects of theatre, including performing, directing, design, and everything in between! 

Imagination Creation

K-3rd Grade (Ages 5-8) with Sarah Jane Demetruk @ 10am (Our ability to offer this class is subject to enrollment levels)

This introductory class will explore all aspects of the theatre world. Each week, students will learn about a new avenue of theatre to inspire their future creative pursuits and a broad interest in the performing arts. Participants will write, design, and perform short plays as the culmination of the session.  

Creating On and Off Stage

4th-7th Grade (Ages 9-12) with AnnMarie Lowerre @ 11am

There is so much to explore, both on and off the stage! This class will provide a comprehensive look at all aspects of theatre, including acting, directing, and technical design (such as costumes and scenery). Students will develop a well-rounded understanding of theatre by sharing their creativity in each area on a weekly basis.

The World of a Play

8th-12th Grade (Ages 13-18) with Jeanine Rees @ 12pm

Where does the magic of theatre come from? How does a play go from words on a page to a rich, honest, and realistic live performance experience? This class is a discussion- and creation-based class that will help answer those questions and bring understanding of theatre to the next level. Students will acquire the tools necessary to build the world of a play via collaboration, critical thinking, and script/character analysis.


All classes will run for at least 45 minutes but no longer than one hour.


Register by September 18th!

Class seating is limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

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Below: Disney's FROZEN JR (December 2019). Photos by Every Angle Photography.