Young Actor Institute

Spend six weeks immersed in intensive theatre training with some of Seattle's finest theatre professionals. For students entering grade 10 - age 21.

Young Actor Institute is SCT’s highest level of actor training, preparing students for the world of professional theatre. YAI provides in-depth classes in a variety of performing arts disciplines, taught by professional working artists. YAI students train five days a week for six weeks, participate in professional development workshops, build stamina to sustain energy and concentration throughout the process, and explore their own identity as artists.

YAI faculty work together to develop an integrated curriculum that challenges and supports each student in the program. Classes include:

  • Acting
  • Scene Study
  • Voice for the Actor
  • Movement for the Actor
  • Stage Combat
  • Singing for the Theatre
  • Dance for the Theatre
  • Improvisation
  • Audition Technique

SHOWCASE: The program culminates in a studio showcase for families, friends, and the SCT community to see performances of work from each class. This year it will take place at Hutchinson Hall, University of Washington on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 at 4:00pm.

AUDITIONS are required as placement in YAI is by audition only. We will send monologue options and guidelines when you make your 10-minute audition appointment. Although the program takes place at the University of Washington, we hold auditions at Seattle Children’s Theatre during the following times:

  • Monday, March 4          4:00 - 6:00pm
  • Monday, March 11        6:00 - 8:00pm
  • Saturday, March 16      2:00 - 4:00pm

For those students accepted, we ask for a $100 deposit to confirm your space in the program. Audition sign-ups will be entirely online - check back here in early February 2019 for a link! 

ORIENTATION for YAI is at Seattle Children’s Theatre on Saturday, June 22nd from 12:30pm – 2:00pm.

TRAINING takes place at Hutchinson Hall on the University of Washington campus. Classes run June 24 – August 2, Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm. There will be no class on Wednesday, July 4.

TUITION for YAI is $1,245. Financial support, including full and partial scholarships, are available to families who qualify. Admission to YAI is in no way affected by requests for financial support.


"YAI was the ‘light bulb moment’ for me – the program that showed me what a career in theatre could look like. The relationships I built with my YAI classmates and teachers served as the foundation and launching pad for my professional career."

- Hattie Andres, YAI Director

"I always dreamed that when I was ready to move on, I would leave the program in the hands of a YAI alum who embodied the best parts of the teaching and who applied what they had learned to their own life and career.  My dream has come true!  Hattie is just that person and artist."

- Alban Dennis,YAI Director Emeritus

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