Young People's Project

Acting Camps

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Young People’s Project

For Actors ages 9 - 16

For actors ages 9 -18

YPP Spring Workshops will engage and educate young actors for the stage and for life. Workshops are held on Saturday mornings, over the course of six or seven weeks. On the final day, students will have an opportunity to share their work with family and friends in a Workshop Presentation.

Each of the two Workshop series – Theatre Sports and An Actor Prepares - include small group teaching and mentorship with PCPA acting staff and interns, at the PCPA studios in the Columbia Business Center in Santa Maria. Sign up for the Outreach Electronic mailing to be one of the first to get the information. Enrollment is available now for both the Spring portion of these two Workshop series.

Fall 2018

For ages 9 – 16
The Play-Off
Meets: Saturdays - October 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Theatre Sports takes “fun and games” to a whole new level of creative learning when you are part of a team. Theatre Sports is a form of improvisational theatre, that uses all the same principles of performance that actors use, which is blended with the format of competitive sports, and at the center of this hybrid, are the hundreds of fun but challenging “games” used by Theatre Sports Troupes everywhere. Students enrolled in these workshops will build the skills needed to enter into the unique performance based arena known as “competitive improvisation.” Each week these young performers will learn how to play a carefully selected set of “Improv” games. After game training, the players will split up into teams and play three “challenge rounds” of games they have trained for. Each scene that evolves from the game will be rated by a Theatre Sports judge. Scoring is based on how well or how often the performers put what they are learning to practical use in their scene. On our last day of fall sessions, parents and friends are invited to be spectators at (as well as participants in), the Theatre Sports Play-Off!
Enrollment fee: $120
For ages 12 – 16
An Actor Prepares
The Process
Meets: Saturdays - Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Under the guidance of PCPA actors, students will enjoy exploring the fundamental building blocks of acting, while they build their creative and collaborative skills, vocal strength and expressive ability, their confidence and clarity of focus. Actors will develop understanding of acting as action in imaginary circumstances, practical tools for finding or creating action in a script, exercising action in different given circumstances, making action personal, making action physical and vocal. This workshop will offer students lessons that will engage, enlighten and build their performance skills.
Enrollment fee: $120

Spring 2019

For ages 9 – 16
Theatre Sports
The Mice-tro
Meets: Saturdays - Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

For students that want to continue building their improvisation and performance skills* (first-timers are welcome too) our spring Theatre Sports workshop will delve deeper into the world of Improv by preparing students to play in a “last man standing” Mice-tro. Though performers may be called out of the game after the first round, they are far from being finished. On the contrary, their personal game is just beginning, because these games are designed to challenge a player’s individual creativity as well as contributing to all the games. For example, a player might be receive the task of improvising a musical production of “Gone with the Wind” which might require the involvement of every player on the team (and possibly from the opposing team) to accomplish! Or a game could require a player to perform a one-person reenactment of the Civil War. Players will definitely have to step up their acting skills as well, because these games might take a turn away from the comedic, and lean heavily into the dramatic. On the last day friends and family of the players are invited to the Mice-tro! And do bring friends, because at a Mice-tro, at the end of each round, the audience is asked to rate the scenes using a scale of 1 – 5. The lowest score will be the first out of the running, and the process of elimination begins, until only the ‘Mice-tro’ is left. They will claim the bragging rights for winning that championship game as well the opportunity to carry the Mice-tro Scepter and wear the Mice-tro crown!
Enrollment fee: $120
For ages 12 – 16
An Actor Prepares
Audition Monologues
Meets: Saturdays - Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Applying skills learned in The Process,* students will deepen their use of practical tools for finding or creating action in a script, exercising action in different given circumstances, making action personal, physical and vocal. Students are guided through the selection, preparation and performance of two contrasting, age appropriate, monologues. This workshop will help students put to practical use the skills they developed in the fall and build their focus, energy management and confidence in preparing for a theatrical acting audition.
Enrollment fee: $120
*It is recommended, but not essential, that students enroll in both Workshops of these series - especially first-time YPP students or previous students who have attended fewer than three YPP Summer sessions.

Summer Programs

The Young People’s Project
June 29 - July 6
for ages 13 - 18

July 7 - 13
for ages 9 - 12

NEW! Teatro YPP
July 14 - 20
for ages 9 - 18

Students spend a week engaged in theatre workshops under the leadership of professional actors, musicians, dancers, and directors. They will attend a PcPA summer production and get a free camp T-shirt. On the final day they will present a showcase performance they created for family, friends, and invited guests.
NEW! Teatro YPP
This addition to theYoung People's Project offers children, with a knowledge of the Spanish and English languages, workshops in the traditional style of "Teatro." Using current topics, personal experience and a lot of imagination, woven with music and dance that originate from Latino cultures, students will create an original Teatro performance for family, friends, and guests.
Enrollment will begin the last week of April

PCPA Office of Education and Outreach
1-805-928-7731 ext. 3156
Working side by side PCPA actors, musicians and dancers, the Young People’s Project students explore the three disciplines of theatre.

  All students participate in:
     Singing Workshops – learning two group songs.
     Dance Workshops – learning a dance number as might be presented in a musical.
     Acting Workshops – learning the basics of acting in a scene.

Students will attend a performance of a PCPA summer production.

Each student receives a YPP T-shirt.

On the final day of the program, family and friends are invited to attend the student showcase presentation followed by a reception.


AGES 13* - 18
*All students registering for YPP must have completed the 7th grade to enroll.
Dates TBA
Meets daily 9 am – 1 pm

AGES 9*–12
*All students registering in YPP Jr. must have completed the 3rd grade to enroll.
Dates TBA
Meets daily 9 am – 1 pm

AGES 9*-12
*All students registering in TEATRO YPP must have completed the 3rd grade to enroll.
Dates TBA
Meets daily 9 am – 1 pm

This new and exciting Bilingual program (English and Spanish) is designed to introduce children to the unique style of Chicano Theatre known as “Teatro”. Once known as Teatro de la Jente (Theatre of the People), students develop performance skills by creating scenes and stories through the use of their own personal experiences and their perspective of the world around them. Together, under the leadership of professional Teatro Workshop Leaders, they will create a Showcase Production that will affirm the importance and dignity of the local Latino experience. Teatro can enable people to view their lives in new ways and explore their common human experience.
Registration fee: $250

YPP Teatro instructor Emily Morales discusses Teatro and PCPA's first YPP Teatro program.

Teatro YPP Sponsors
Women's Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara Bowl
Smooth Inc.
The Towbes Foundation
Edwin and Jeanne Woods Family Foundation

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