Mayor John Tory

Over the past 50 years, Young People’s Theatre has made an indelible mark on the City of Toronto. My mother was a volunteer in the early days, working alongside founder Susan Rubes. Even then, this unique company’s value to our City was clear. Through its professional productions and educational programming, YPT has introduced the performing arts to millions of children. Thank you, YPT. You are vital to Toronto’s cultural make-up. Here’s to the next 50 years!

Mayor John Tory

Karen Kain

Live theatre, especially for family audiences, is one of the most exciting ways of introducing young people to the experience of drama, spurring their creativity and instilling in them a lifelong sense of the importance of the arts… Young People’s Theatre has been at the forefront of this important work for as long as I can remember. Happy 50th anniversary YPT, and may you continue for many years to come!

Karen Kain, C.C., Artistic Director, The National Ballet of Canada

Antoni Cimolino

I had the great good fortune to work at YPT early in my career. From the excellence of the artists and artisans, to the clear sense of mission in bringing quality theatre to young people – it was a wonderful experience in every way. I say to YPT: “long may you run!”

Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director, Stratford Festival

Alexander Neef

Thanks to specialists like YPT, who focus on professional performing arts experiences for young audiences, Canadian Opera Company and many other companies can have confidence there will be future, eager audiences in Canada. Congratulations YPT on the accomplishments of your last 50 years. May you enjoy another 50 years of great theatre for young people.

Alexander Neef, General Director, Canadian Opera Company

Vanessa Porteous

Thank you YPT for being the first. The first professional theatre specifically dedicated to young people in Toronto, in Canada, and one of the first on the continent. You have blazed a trail. More importantly, you continue to lead. Bravo. Here’s to the next 50 years.

Vanessa Porteous, Artistic Director, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary

Ruth Smillie

Young People’s Theatre inspired a sea-change in theatre in Canada and the world. Susan Rubes and Young People’s Theatre also inspired a global shift in how we value the experiences, stories and cultural lives of children and young people. Happy Birthday, YPT.

Ruth Smillie, Artistic Director, Globe Theatre, Regina

Amy House

Thank you YPT for bringing such beautiful stories to life on the stage in an inspired and thoughtful way; and for nurturing our children’s imaginations, and in a fun way teaching them about people, places, ideas and problem solving…oh yeah, and for helping to make culture an option!

Amy House, Artistic Animateur, Resource Centre for the Arts, St. John’s