The Young Professionals Conservatory (YPC) has two tracks: one for Performance and one for Technical Theatre and Design.
YPC Performance is a comprehensive 10-month training program (August-May) for students grades 8th through 12th who are interested in pursuing careers in professional theatre. YPC admittance is by audition only, and auditions are held in the Spring of each year for the following school year (audition requirements are listed below). Students in YPC have access to college and career building masterclasses.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the tuition?
Once accepted into the YPC Performance program, there is a $250 non-refundable Enrollment Fee to register the student into the conservatory. Tuition is $2750 which can be paid either in full or monthly over the 10 month program (August-May). There are financial aid and scholarship opportunities available.
What is the class schedule/commitment?
YPC Performance classes take place primarily on Saturday mornings from 9:00am-1:00pm and Monday evenings between 4:30pm-8:00pm. The only required class for YPC students is a weekly acting class, which is 1 ½ to 2 hours during either the Monday or Saturday times listed above, and that class time is dependent on the student’s grade. In addition to Acting, there are weekly classes in Vocal Technique and Dance as well as extra-curricular classes that change each quarter. While most classes take place Saturday mornings or Monday evenings, the extra-curricular class times change based on teacher availability and could take place on another week night between 4:30-8:00pm. Extra-curricular classes are typically an hour and a half to two hours, and students may take as many or as few extra-curriculars as they would like. Occasionally, there are additional masterclasses and events that take place.
What is the rehearsal schedule/commitment?
YPC Performance students are able to audition for the shows in our Youth Series and age-appropriate roles in STC’s Professional Shows. Youth Series shows rehearse Tuesday through Friday 4:30-8:00pm and occasionally on Saturdays and Sundays. Students will not be called for every rehearsal, as we try to only call students who are needed for the day. A weekly schedule will be sent out each Friday for the following week. Students are allowed 2 conflicts per production. Students will receive a calendar with all rehearsal schedules once they are accepted into the program, and will be able to audition for the shows that they are available for.
What is the audition process?
Acceptance into YPC Performance is based on audition. Auditions for YPC take place starting in May and conclude in July prior to the start of the season. Once accepted into YPC, there will be General Auditions at the start of the year where students will audition for the specific shows in the season.
What is STC’s mask policy/COVID procedures?
STC takes the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously.
Auditions for 2022-2023 Season Are Now Open!
We are excited to welcome new students to audition for our Young Professionals Conservatory program for the 2022-2023 Season! Admittance is by audition only. Auditions are held via video submission.
Audition Due Dates: July 25th by 5:00pm
What to Include (in your audition video):
2) 1-2 minute monologue (memorized)
3) A song (memorized; no longer than 1 min 30 seconds with an accompaniment track that you send in ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org)
4) Dance (memorized from the provided videos here)
Steps to Audition:
- Fill out the YPC Audition Form by clicking here.
- Read through our Audition Handbook to learn specifics about what to prepare, what is expected from you, what the process is like, and a few expert tips. You can download our Audition Handbook here.
- Film your audition video including all of the above items and upload to a Google Drive link, Dropbox, YouTube, or other video sharing platform. Email the link to our Program Manager at LawsonM@sactheatre.org.
Please make sure you read the Audition Handbook fully, as it goes into great detail about the items to prepare, the expectations, what to wear, and what happens after auditioning. If you still have questions after reading the handbook, you can email our Education Coordinator at email@example.com
YPC Program Manager, Miranda D. Lawson
Miranda D. Lawson is originally from Florida and holds a BFA in music with a concentration in Musical Theatre. She has been a teacher for more than a decade and has devoted much of her time and talent to the education of students in the arts. She has developed several programs throughout her years of teaching including many youth Musical Theatre programs, Educational shows for schools and other learning institutions, as well as music arrangement and script writing. She has been part of the STC family since 2011 and is proud to be in this new position where she can continue to nurture the students of the YPC program. Miranda will still be part of the performance aspect of the organization as well and is truly delighted to call STC, home.
Technical Theatre and Design Track
New in 2022-2023!
Our brand-new Tech and Design program is a 10-month program (August-May) for 9th-12th graders interested in pursuing a career in technical theatre. Throughout the year, students will work with our professional Production Team members and rotate through departments each quarter. Students will have 2 core-classes each quarter that will each meet once a week, plus additional extra curricular classes and masterclasses that students can choose to participate in. Students will have classes in Theater History, Theatrical Design (in all departments), Set Building and Painting, Costuming, Lighting, Sound, and Stage Management, plus additional masterclasses with special guests, and the ability to take an acting class from our Performance program. Additionally, Tech and Design students will be part of the crew for our productions. Students will get hands-on experience with STC’s Production Team leaders and learn how every department goes from a concept to the show you see on the stage.
Core classes will take place on Monday evenings and Saturdays mornings.
Students must interview in order to be admitted to the program. Once admitted, students must pay a $250 enrollment fee plus tuition, which is $2250 and can be paid either in full at the beginning of the year or in a payment plan over the 10 months. Partial and Full Scholarships are available.
Interviews for the Technical Theatre and Design Program are now open!
We are excited to welcome students into our new Technical Theatre and Design program! Admittance is by interview only. Interviews will take place in 10 minute increments at Sacramento Theatre Company: 1419 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Please arrive ten minutes early to your time slot.
Interview Dates: Email our Production Manager/Education Coordinator, Lyn, at alessandraL@sactheatre.org to set up an interview.
What to Prepare/Bring:
1) Application Form (filled out and submitted online prior to your interview)
2) Letter of Recommendation from a theatre-related mentor
3) Letter of Recommendation from a non-theatre related mentor
4) Theatre resume or Portfolio of your previous work
Production Manager, Lyn Alessandra
Lyn Alessandra, AEA, graduated from UC Davis in 2016 with a B.A. in Dramatic Arts and minors in Managerial Economics and French. She has worked as a stage manager in various cities, including in Dallas, Los Angeles, and here in Sacramento at Broadway at Music Circus in the summers. She has also toured as a union stage hand on Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. Lyn has a passion for theatre, and loves to share it with students of all ages. She enjoys teaching and inspiring students to delve into every topic theater can offer them. When she isn’t in rehearsals, she is playing with her two dogs or baking.