Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire,

you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.

– George Bernard Shaw

Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" - 2010
Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" - 2010

How to Start
a Youth Theater

We at New Artists Productions have defined and reformed our plan for keeping our community youth theater program viable for the kids in our community, their families, our supporters, and the entire South Coast of Oregon. 

It is a fluid task for sure, but as times change, so must we. But, when the intent is good and the interest is strong, anything is possible. Offerings should always reflect new ideas and processes to keep the program fresh and innovative. Growth in the program is so reflected.

Approach to Plan and Program

This section reviews our approach on how to formulate a plan and develop a program for community youth theater education. These ideas and procedures are applicable to the formation of either a non-profit, not-for-profit, or profitable program.

Offerings include:

  • Helpful hints and tips
  • Resource links
  • Typical annual budget considerations
  • Elements of stagecraft
  • Staging a play: costumes and make-up, lighting and sound, and set design.

Processes for Starting a Youth
Theater Program - Educational Guides

We have put together a Scheduling Timeline for review and possible application to a season of shows. We find it helpful in our planning and hope you will also.

Note: Do not be overwhelmed by the timeline content. This is a good planning tool and can be altered through the choice of play/production project. New Artists Productions produces major stage plays, and we find we need this detailed time projection for ‘brainstorming’ our approach and for making the production successfully happen.