Young Theatre Professionals

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CTW’s Young Theatre Professionals

For students in enrolled in 10th-12th grades.



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The Young Theatre Professionals program, new in the 2018-19 season at CTW, is designed for high school students interested in exploring their options as theatre artists and participating in accelerated theatre studies.

CTW’s YTP curriculum will offer a more complete experience for its students as well as exciting opportunities to propel the most skilled and invested students into their early careers as theatre artists.

The YTP program will increase the overall quality of experience for students by offering longer classes than the other CTW school year programs (30 hours of class time per semester instead of 10 per semester); preparing early professional portfolio and/or audition material; providing assistance for resume-building and college admissions; taking the students on field trips to professional productions with post-show talkbacks; and facilitating trips to universities in Ohio with exciting theatre programs.

The longer class time for the YTP will allow the instructor to hone in on a personalized curriculum that will identify areas where students need the most improvement as well as offer them new topics and skills that were previously impractical for the other classes—such as directing opportunities and playwrighting. This class will also be the first at CTW to cover resume and portfolio construction so that students are equipped to communicate their skills and experience to a college or potential employer accurately and professionally. The YTP program will also have a Master Class twice a year with an invited professional guest artist.

The students of YTP will study their “type,” or what categories of characters do they perform the best and are most likely to be cast in. They will prepare a series of audition materials that covers modern, classic, comedic, and dramatic styles. Students interested in musical theatre will do the same for their song selections. Each semester will conclude in a recital of their selected audition materials for the public. Students will be expected to use this portfolio of audition materials for collegiate and early professional endeavors.

A major component of the YTP program will be attending professional theatre performances and talkbacks. We will take YTP students to one professional play and one musical each semester, scheduling the outings when the company offers talkbacks to the students can practice using critical inquiry and thought with professionals. CTW has not determined which productions it will take the students to yet.

Lastly, the YTP program will involve one day trip per semester to a university or college in Ohio that has a particularly strong theatre program, specifically outside of the greater Toledo area.
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January 15, 2019

Classes Resume, Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 pm

January 2019

Group trip to Evita

February 18, 2019

College visit

February 2019

Group trip to Never Not Once

April 2019

Group trip to Les Miserables

April 19, 2019
Last day of YTP classes

April 23, 2019

Spring recital

May 2019

Group trip to All My Sons

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Application, Interview, and Audition

Applicants must be enrolled in 10th-12th grade at the time of the application, in any form of schooling–public, private, homeschool, online, etc. Applicants are not required to have any previous experience with CTW.

Applications are due August 7, 2018. Click here to send in your application.

Interview and auditions are August 10 or 11, 2018. Applicants will select options for their audition time and will be assigned their time slot.

Each time slot is 15 minutes. Applicants must present a monologue or a musical theatre song.

Tuition for Young Theatre Professionals is $200 per semester. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Arts Council, we are able to provide classes, college tours, and tickets to productions for this cost.

This commitment is for the 2018-19 school year only. We will only accept 12 students for the year.
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What’s the time commitment for the students? Two hours a week on Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm, for 15 weeks in the Fall and 15 weeks in the Spring, as well as two days to visit colleges, and four separate outings to see professional theatre. Two recitals, one in the fall and one in the spring.

What’s the time commitment for the parents? Regular class attendance. Assistance in taking students to the college visits and play productions is helpful but not expected; CTW will arrange for transportation for those events.

Who is teaching YTP? Executive Artistic Director Aimee Reid will pilot the program as the head teacher. Guest speakers featuring different aspects of professional theatre will be common as well.

What’s the tuition rate? $200 per semester ($400 for the year).

What’s included in the tuition rate? 30 contact hours of class per semester (60 total), two free trips to universities, four free tickets to professional theatre performances, and one headshot.

Who can apply? Any student entering 10th-12th grade for the 2018-19 school year, who demonstrates marked interest in pursuing theatre arts. For the pilot year, we are focusing on performers only. Please inform us if your student would be interested in a program that serves designers, technicians, directors, or other theatre young professionals. There is no expected or required previous experience with CTW programs; the YTP is for any young person with interest and commitment.

Can I do YTP and the Teen Company program? You can take Teen Company classes if you wish, since there is no overlap, but you will not be permitted to audition for the play. You might be able to assist with tech or assistant directing for a Teen Company production–you’ll have to ask the YTP and TeenCo staff.

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Young Theatre Professionals is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. This project was supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.