YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE (YPT) is the oldest professional theatre company in Toronto and is a national producer and presenter of theatre for young audiences – the first and largest of its kind in Canada.
Over the past 52 years YPT has staged many of the most important plays that form the canon of work for youth in our country. YPT continues to develop new work and create partnerships with theatre companies across the country and around the world. But that’s not all. The enriched learning experiences of YPT’s Education & Participation Department provide young people with opportunities to develop their whole being.
Through our workshops in community shelters and agencies, educational initiatives in Toronto classrooms, Drama School programs in four locations throughout the City, and training and apprenticeship opportunities, we place learning at the centre of everything we do. At YPT we strive for a positive and lasting impact on the emotional, social, and intellectual development of young people – giving them the chance to grow into the unique and wonderful people they were born to be.
Professional Theatre and So Much More
Take a look at the scope of YPT’s work onstage and beyond.
Allen was a junior high school teacher before he attended the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School. Upon graduating, he worked as an actor but also began directing early in his career. He was an Artistic Associate at Alberta Theatre Projects for four years but left to pursue many burgeoning directing opportunities. These included new plays, opera and musicals, contemporary theatre, aboriginal and youth theatre, and classics at theatres across Canada. He was Artistic Director of Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg for eight years before joining YPT. Allen has served on the Boards of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.
Nancy J. Webster
Nancy has a wide range of experience in senior management, including most recently as the Managing Director, English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre. She served for 13 years on the Executive of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), including as its volunteer President. Nancy’s resume includes experience as the Producer of the Toronto Fringe Festival, Managing Director of Factory Theatre and LKTYP and a grants officer for the Trillium Foundation. 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. In 2016, Nancy was honoured with both the Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award from PACT and the Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award from the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. This marked the first time these two awards, each recognizing outstanding leadership in administration, were presented to the same individual in a single season. Nancy currently serves as a consultant to the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation and as a member of the Cultural Strategic Advisory for the provincial Minister of Culture.
Board of Directors
YPT’s Artistic Vision
YPT Artistic Director Allen MacInnis discusses the theatre’s creative standards, while providing a behind-the-scenes look at its in-house prop, set and costume departments.
Theatre for Young People, not by Young People
Funnily enough, sometimes people presume that YPT casts children in its productions. In reality, we hire professional actors to perform in all of our shows – 99% of whom are adults. In fact, over the past 50 years, some of the biggest names in Canadian theatre have graced our Mainstage. We decided to clarify this misconception with this video. Enjoy.