YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE (YPT) is the oldest professional theatre company in Toronto and is a national producer and presenter of theatre for young audiences – the first in North America and the largest of its kind in Canada.
Over the past 55 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.But that’s not all. The enriched learning experiences of YPT’s Education & Participation Department provide young people with opportunities to develop their whole being.
Through our workshops in community shelters and agencies, educational initiatives in Toronto classrooms, Drama School programs in four locations throughout the City, and training and apprenticeship opportunities, we place learning at the centre of everything we do. At YPT we strive for a positive and lasting impact on the emotional, social and intellectual development of young people-giving them the chance to grow into the unique and wonderful people they were born to be.
On June 26th, YPT announced the cancellation of our 2020.21 Season due to continued uncertainty around the feasibility of public gatherings and school field trips. As you can imagine, this is a particularly difficult time for charities like YPT. Bringing children and their families together is at the core of what we do. As the theatre waits to open its doors once again, YPT looks to community support to ensure that its arts education programming can be as dynamic and engaging as ever. To help support YPT through this challenging time, please consider a donation below.
What People Are Saying
"YPT has given us the perfect venue through which to expose our kids to the magic of live theatre. We are proud to be part of the YPT Producers' Circle and to support such a wonderful and accessible theatre."
— Diane Osak & Steven Hurowitz, Donors & Patrons
"I liked the play so much I forgot I was wearing new shoes!"
— YPT Audience Member, Grade 1 student
"Donating to YPT is our chance to demonstrate our appreciation for the role it has played in shaping our kids' lives. Our gifts will ensure that long into the future, YPT can deliver the deeply memorable experiences we have come to expect and rely on."
— Donna Slaight, Former Board Chair, Patron & Donor
"The more challenging, hostile and impersonal our world becomes, the more we need art to help us interpret what surrounds us, find our place in it, connect with each other, and imagine a better future. If adults need this, then kids need it even more. "
— Allen MacInnis, Artistic Director of Young People's Theatre
"The plays are a very valuable teaching tool and give my students experiential knowledge that they would otehrwise not receive. Thank-you very much for giving them this opportunity year after year."
— Elizabeth Bristoll, Sprucecourt Public School
"YPT has gone above and beyond to work with me to create programming that has enhanced student learning. "
— Kevin Doe, Fieldstone King's College School
"YPT feels like a neighbour... a place that we can visit regularly."
— Kathleen Quan, Rose Avenue Junior Public School