YOUTH THEATRE collective

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The Youth Theatre Collective is a unique creative training and performance experience for Durham youth and young adults (14 – 21 years) with an emphasis on stagecraft, playwriting, and process. With the guidance and mentorship of the qualified and diverse instructors of Theatre on the Ridge, Youth Theatre Collective members experience writing, collaborating, producing and performing their own original work, while developing their performance and production skills. Through challenging and confidence building theatre exercises and activities, and hands-on creation opportunities, Youth Theatre Collective participants discover and explore a complete theatrical experience onstage and behind the scenes, with a public studio performance held on the final session of the program. There are no program fees. Previous theatre experience is not required.


In addition to stagecraft skills such as:

  • Stage voice
  • Movement/ physical expression /dance
  • Clowning (introductory)
  • Choral and ensemble skills (vocal and movement)
  • Performance and stage protocols

Youth Theatre Collective participants will also experience:

  • Essential elements of play construction
  • Monologue, dialogue, ensemble writing
  • Collaborative creation processes


Faculty includes Carey Nicholson, Artistic Director of Theatre on the Ridge, playwrights Rob Corbett and Graeme Powell, actor/instructor Audra Gray and other guests.

Eligibility: The program is open to all youth in Durham region from ages 14 to 21. Enrollment to the program is limited to 20 participants.

Commitment: All prospective participants must complete an application form and, upon acceptance, will be required to commit to all sessions (twice weekly).