YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE (YPT) is the oldest continuously operating theatre company in Toronto and is a national producer and presenter of theatre for young audiences. Over the past 49 years many of the important pieces that form the canon of plays for young audiences in Canada have appeared on our stages. We continue to develop new work and create partnerships with theatre companies across the country and around the world.
Learning is at the centre of everything we do. When young people come to our theatre, we hope that they will be entertained – but not just by a pleasant, fleeting distraction. We want them to be imprinted with so powerful an experience that it expands their capacity to learn. When young people are immersed in the imaginary world of a play, the experience isn’t less important to them because it isn’t real. Children make imagined experience real experience.
Through the professional theatrical work produced on our stages, and through the enriched learning experiences we offer with our Education & Participation programs, YPT provides young people with ways to develop their whole being. This is central to YPT’s artistic policy. We want to have a positive and lasting impact on the emotional, social, and intellectual development of young people – in order for them to grow into the unique and wonderful people they were born to be.
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Allen MacInnis has been directing for 24 years all over Canada at theatres from coast to coast including Belfry Theatre, Victoria; Globe Theatre, Regina; Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary; Shaw Festival, Ontario; Centaur Theatre, Montreal; and Neptune Theatre, Halifax. Recent productions include Wizard of Oz, Seussical – A Musical (Dora award for Outstanding Direction), Bunnicula, Blue Planet and Hana’s Suitcase, all for YPT.
Other favourite productions include In Good King Charles’s Golden Days (Shaw Festival); The Stone Angel (Centaur Theatre, Montreal) and A Doll’s House, Walking on Water, fareWel, Crackpot and Joni Mitchell: River (P.T.E.). Allen spent eight years as Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Prairie Theatre Exchange before becoming Artistic Director of Young People’s Theatre in 2002.
Nancy J. Webster
Nancy Webster has a wide range of experience in senior management in Various Canadian arts organizations, including most recently as the Managing Director of English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She currently serves on the Executive of the Board of Directors of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatre (PACT) as Past President, having been elected as its volunteer President for four years. In addition to her work with PACT, Ms. Webster serves on the Professional Advisory for the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation.
Ms. Webster’s resume includes experience as a multi-sector grants officer for the Ontario Trillium Foundation, as the Producer of the Toronto Fringe Festival, and as the Managing Director of Factory Theatre and Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. Beginning her career as a fundraiser, she worked at Toronto Free Theatre, the Canadian Stage Company, and Desrosiers Dance Theatre. She has also worked widely as a freelancer and consultant with many arts organizations including Mulgrave Road Theatre, Volcano, Native Earth Performing Arts, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, Obsidian Theatre, and Crow’s Theatre.
She has received the Vital People Award from the Toronto Community Foundation, the Victor Polley Award for Arts Administration, and the Harold Award for Contributions to the Toronto Theatre community.
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