Young Professionals Conservatory

The Young Professionals Conservatory (YPC) is a comprehensive 10-month training program 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 winter of each year for the following school year (audition requirements are listed below).

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the tuition?

Once accepted into the YPC program, there is a $250 non-refundable Enrollment Fee to register the student into the conservatory. Tuition is $2500 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 classes take place primarily on Saturday mornings from 9:00am-1:00pm and Monday evenings between 4:30pm-8:00pm. Students are required to take Acting weekly, and that class time is dependent on the student’s grade. In The only required class for YPC students is a weekly acting class, which is 1 ½ to 2 hours and either takes place Saturday morning sometime between 9:00am-1:00pm or Monday evening between 4:30pm-8:00pm depending on your grade level. 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 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 Saturdays 2:00-6:00pm. 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 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 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?

gardless of vaccination status. STC will update this policy as guidelines and mandates change, and will follow all state and CDC guidelines.

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2019-2020 YPC Students performing Into The Woods // Photo by Charr Crail

Young Professionals Conservatory Brochure

Auditions for 2021/2022 Season Are Closed!

YPC Class of 2019
YPC Class of 2019

Training includes:

  • Weekly classes and monthly master classes with professional artists on topics such as Scene Study, Play Writing, Dance, Musical Theatre Vocal Styles and Techniques, Stage Combat, Improvisation, Theatre Tech, Dramaturgy, Piano and Music Theory, and so much more!
  • Internships and volunteer opportunities in all areas of theatre production
  • College Counseling program with visiting professors and college admissions counselors, providing Master Classes from some of the nation’s top University Theatre Programs
  • Business and Leadership training through our student-led fundraisier Curtains Up, and other student-led production opportunities!

Performance opportunities may include:

  • Participation in atleast one of the Youth Series productions
  • Age-appropriate roles in STC’s professional Main Series productions and the Cabaret series
  • Various regional performances, open mic nights, and performance opportunities in the community throughout the year
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Kristin Chenoweth teaching on STC’s Cabaret Stage

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.

YPC College and Career Counselor, Tracy Chatters

Tracy Chatters has more than 20 years of educational experience, including teaching, teacher training, administration, educational counseling and advocacy and she now runs her own educational consulting company. She holds a California teaching credential, a certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from UC Irvine and a Bachelor’s Degree from Lewis and Clark College. Tracy is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consulting Association and specializes in college consulting for students looking for the just right fit for college. In her spare time she enjoys baking, reading, going to the theatre and teaching her rescue dog new tricks. 

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