Young People’s Theatre


Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is Canada’s largest and oldest professional theatre for young audiences, co-led by Artistic Director Herbie Barnes and Executive Director Nancy Webster. The company produces and presents a full season of theatre and arts education programming, serving approximately 150,000 patrons annually. YPT’s newly renovated historic theatre houses the 433-seat Ada Slaight Stage and 115-seat Studio Theatre, with a brand new education centre, YPT 161 Studios, just across the street. United in vision, the two facilities anchor the corner of Front and Frederick Streets in downtown Toronto, creating Canada’s largest theatre complex for young people. Over the past 57 years, YPT has staged many of the most important plays that form the canon of work for youth in our country. YPT continues to develop new work and create partnerships with theatre companies across the country and around the world. The enriched learning experiences of YPT’s Education & Participation Department, including its 54-year-old Drama School, provide young people with opportunities to develop their whole being.