Young Professionals Conservatory

The Young Professionals Conservatory (YPC) is a comprehensive 10-month training program for students grades 7th through 12th who are interested in pursuing careers in professional theatre. YPC admittance is by audition, and auditions are held in the winter of each year for the following school year (audition requirements are listed below).

2017-2018 YPC Students at Orientation



Auditions are now over. Thank you for your interest!

Please be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early for your scheduled hour and remember that a parent must be present for the informational meeting at the top of the hour with our School of the Arts Director.  Please expect to be here for a full hour, although it may take less time.  The audition will take place at Sacramento Theatre Company.


2017-2018 YPC Students performing As You Like It // Photo by Charr Crail


Training includes:

  • Weekly master classes with professional artists on topics such as Scene Study, Play Writing, Dance for Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre Vocal Styles and Techniques, Stage Combat, Improvisation, Piano, and Music Theory
  • Internships and volunteer opportunities

Performance opportunities may include:

  • Participation in one on the Youth Series productions
  • Age-appropriate roles in STC’s professional Main Series productions
  • Various regional performances, open mic nights, and performance opportunities in the community throughout the year

Tony and Emmy Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth (center, in white scarf) taught a Master Class for our YPC Students in 2014!

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Kristin Chenoweth teaching on STC’s Cabaret Stage


Audition Requirements:

1)      Two letters of recommendation

2)      Copy of most recent report card

3)      Up to 1 ½-minute monologue (memorized)

4)      If interested in musical theatre, up to 1 ½-minute song (memorized with accompaniment recording on CD or mp3 device)

5)      A recent photo or headshot

Resumes are optional, but are not required.

Please contact our Young Professionals Conservatory Coordinator for more information or to schedule an audition:

Meet Our Staff


Education & School of the Arts Director, Michele Hillen-Noufer

As Education Director she oversees the Young Professionals Conservatory, the Pre-Professional Ensemble, Camp Program and the School Partnership Program. Michele is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. She has been working as a professional actor for 25 years doing theatre, film and television across the country regionally, internationally and in New York. Michele is going into her 11th season at the Sacramento Theatre Company. Michele has directed, taught and choreographed professional theatre as well as theatre for young people for 16 years and has a passion for helping young people achieve their goals in the performing arts. Michele has completed her Masters in Education with a specialization in Integrated Teaching through the Arts through Lesley University.

YPC Coordinator, Abigail Miller

Abigail Miller is thrilled to be the Young Professionals Conservatory Coordinator after having completed STC’s professional internship program last season. A native of West Tennessee, Abigail holds a B.A in Theatre Performance from Freed-Hardeman University, 6 years of music direction experience, and over 13 years training in piano and music theory. She is always grateful for the opportunity to teach students of all ages the joy that music can bring!

Dance Department, Jacob Montoya

Jacob Montoya oversees YPC’s Dance Department and has won over a hundred awards at national and international conventions and competitions including the Grand Prize in 2015 and 2017 for Division II at the Palm Desert International Choreographers Festival where has been a finalist for four consecutive years. Jacob has choreographed dozens of shows including In the Heights and Nevermore both of which received Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance Elly Awards for outstanding choreography. His choreography for Generation Me was recognized by the New York Musical Festival. Currently, he is the Artistic Director for the Hawkins Contemporary Jazz Company and the Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre.