Calgary Young People's Theatre

Calgary Young People's Theatre


Calgary Young People's Theatre (CYPT) provides high quality theatre schooling, production and mentorship opportunities for youth ages 4-17 to explore the performing arts and develop their creativity and team work skills. 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.


CYPT was founded in 1992 by Brian Dorscht and Jackie Pontin. For the past 22 years, CYPT has been a mainstay in the Calgary Arts Community, by consistently providing Calgary youth with inspiring opportunities to create theatre and to work with theatre practitioners and professionals, ever- valuing self-expression, growth, and community.

Services Offered

Calgary Young People's Theatre is pleased to offer year round opportunities for youth to explore the performing arts in various capacities.

We offer annual summer drama camps for youth ages 4-17 in both the north and south quadrants of the city. Our line up includes half day, full day, two week and teen specialty camps. Throughout the camp youth will explore various dramatic skills including but not limited to voice work, movement, improvisation, stage combat, puppetry, storytelling and character work. The end result is a final show created and performed by the youth, inspired by the annual theme of the camp. For 2014 we are pleased to present A SUPERNATURAL SUMMER!

Throughout the year we offer weekly drama classes for youth ages 4-17, where youth have the opportunity to continue to dive into the world of drama, and creating performances for friends and family. We offer both a fall and winter session.

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.

Interesting Facts

  • 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.
  • CYPT recently partnered with local theatre companies Ghost River Theatre and Green Fools Theatre to rescue the venue formerly known as Dancers' Studio West. The theatre will provide a stable home for the three companies to create and perform.
  • 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 has a house band called the ZOMBIE SAILOR MOON BAND, made up of youth who annually collaborate, compose and score the Winter production live. The band gets together through out the year to record soundtracks, and provide music at CYPT events.

Connection to Community

Over the years CYPT has developed partnerships with various organizations including:

  • The Calgary Public Library: This partnership has been going strong for the past 15 years as we have teamed up to offer Story Theatre, an annual touring performance, created and performed by CYPT. This show runs every November, tours to libraries all over Calgary, and is free for audiences to attend.
  • The Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS): Last year CYPT teamed up with the CCIS to present Y Calgary, a Festival of Youth, Arts and Culture. This was a 9 month endeavour that began with free arts workshops for youth inspired by the theme of Calgary, and concluded with a Festival featuring original theatrical presentations created and performed by youth.
  • Urban Curvz Theatre: this Summer CYPT is partnering with Urban Curban Curvz Theatre to offer a summer camp for teens called NOT BUYING IT! A camp dissecting and exploring mass media messages. This camp promotes self empowerment explores the effects of media through dramatic techniques. This new camp is an opportunity for teens to have a voice through theatre and will conclude in a cabaret performance where they will present their own original work. CYPT strives to support and contribute to the community at large by donating production tickets or summer camp gift vouchers to various community events and fundraisers. CYPT engages many different artists from Calgary including professional and emerging artists as well as CYPT alumni to make up instructors and production teams.


CYPT's new home and offices are located at 2007 10th Ave SW- alley entrance. All of our productions take place at this location.

North Camps and classes take place at the Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703 1 Street NW

South Camps and classes are held at the Riverbend Community Association, 19 RiverValley Drive SE

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