Young Actors Studio


The Young People’s Theatre Project has school-year opportunities designed especially for elementary and middle, and high school students.  Our YOUNG ACTORS STUDIO classes focus on a  range of theatre skills, with fun hands-on activities for many skill/experience levels.

Spring 2019 class information COMING SOON… 

Young Actors Studio— Winter 2019

What do we have in store for the middle school Winter YAS sessions?

Musical Theatre Medley

Join us as we conquer the basics of musical theatre, from selecting a piece that’s right for you, to warming up with correct vocal technique, to developing a character and telling a story through music, lyrics, and movement. Students will work on both solo pieces and group numbers, and draw on a variety of musical theatre styles. The session culminates in a fun-filled demo for family and friends.

This class will be taught by Project alumnus, Caitlin Brookes. She is a professional cabaret, theatre performer, and teaching artist who was recently returned to Portland from NYC.

Middle School YAS classes (Grades 6-8) will meet for 8 weeks on TUESDAYS.

January 8-March 5 (no class on 2/19), 6:30-8pm

Tuition for this class is $150, with scholarships available. We are accepting enrollment through the end of January. Sign-up online, or contact with questions.

Spring 2019 class information COMING SOON… 


YAS is The Project’s series of studio classes for student actors with high interest and motivation levels for participation and training in theatre. Fall, winter, and spring sessions for elementary and middle school meet once per week in the evening, focusing on a specific area of theatre skills and performance. One-time intensives are designed for the busy high school student.

Classes are taught by local theatre professionals, some of whom started out as Project students themselves! Most multi-week sessions feature an informal demo presentation—giving students the opportunity to showcase the skills they’ve acquired—in front of an audience of friends and family. Classes are held in the Performing Arts Center at Jesuit High School.

For High School students, the Young Actors Studio takes the form of periodic workshop “intensives” with a specific focus, based around a special guest artist or opportunity, often just one exciting session long.  Please see below for current High School intensive opportunities.

Young Actors Studio classes are taught at Jesuit High School’s Alex L. Parks Performing Arts Center.


  • Character Creation
  • Musical Theatre
  • Dance for the Theatre
  • Shakespeare
  • Stage Combat
  • Scenes/Monologues
  • Page to the Stage
  • Preparing your character
  • Viewpoints
  • Clowning/Physical Theatre
  • Improvisation