To create original, innovative and relevant theatre experiences that stimulate and inspire young people to think critically about the world around them, and to engage in constructive and creative self-expression.
Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People (KTYP) has been the driving force behind professional family entertainment on Vancouver Island for close to 5 decades. Through a season of MainStage productions, and an emerging secondary stage series, KTYP inspires young people through innovative, imaginative, and original theatrical experiences.
Founded in 1974, KTYP serves as Victoria’s premiere producer of Theatre for Young Audiences, and is the resident professional theatre company on Vancouver Island presenting traditional MainStage programming catering specifically to children.
The company was born when journalist Barbara McLauchlin and actor Paul Liittich sat down in Victoria in 1973 with theatre director Glynis Leyshon to write an application for assistance in offering theatre workshops to children. Since then, KTYP has endured as an important force in the arts community on Vancouver Island, providing theatrical productions to entertain and a year-round theatre training school for young people.
KTYP’s artistic mandate, formulated in 1974 and faithfully upheld to this day states that the KTYP’s purpose is to “provide innovative and exploratory drama for young people”. KTYP makes theatre that surprises, challenges, and engages young people, both intellectually and aesthetically.
KTYP is committed to exploring the art form of theatre through the development and presentation of new works. To producing and presenting theatre that reinterprets the classics, explores our history, or explores current social issues. To provide outreach through theatre-based educational activities. To produce works which provide young artists the opportunity to be mentored by theatre professionals. To provide high-quality professional touring productions for young people in our region and beyond.
KTYP quickly developed a reputation for fascinating audiences of all ages and has performed around the world in Japan, Singapore, Israel, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Washington State. The company has toured across Canada, performing in Toronto, Ottawa (including the National Arts Centre), London, Winnipeg, Montreal, Vancouver, and every city and town in British Columbia.
KTYP is dedicated to these core values:
- To create innovative theatre that is challenging and exciting, honours the imagination of young people, and encapsulates ideas and stories which will resonate in children’s minds and hearts.
- A commitment to superior artistic values and professional production standards
- To strive for excellence in all that we undertake
- To provide mentorship opportunities for young artists (actors, technical crew, designers, playwrights).
- To provide accessible and affordable productions, programs, and services that benefit children and their families
Since 2011, KTYP has premiered over 20 original adaptations for young audiences on Vancouver Island and has been the launching pad for countless young Canadian artists beginning their acting, design, and stage management careers.
By the end of the 2019-2020 Season, KTYP will have produced over 237 plays, many of which are world premieres, and will have entertained, inspired, and educated over 3 million children.
What People Are Saying
"Thank you for bringing such a heartfelt story into mine and my daughter’s life. I really appreciated the depth of this story. Thank you!."
— - Andrea W (Audience Member)
"My children grew up watching Kaleidoscope performances, and I am honoured to be part of a team that has brought them many lasting memories and helped them develop into the next generation of theatre-goers. "
— Barbara Clerihue
"Kaleidoscope is a necessary community for my daughter. Kaleidoscope is a gift. "
— Tasha Diamant