Bay Area Youth Performing Arts & Theater Groups

Bay Area Children’s Musical Theater

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San Francisco Youth Theater Groups:

San Francisco Children’s Musical Theater (SFCMT) is dedicated to offering high quality performing arts experiences to local youth ages 5-18 in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.  Whether singing and dancing in a multimedia musical revue, appearing in an original film on the silver screen, or recording a song in a professional sound studio, SFCMT participants and families enjoy a unique experience with big production value for a limited time commitment. Unlike most productions that offer a handful of parts with leading characters, our one of a kind shows are custom created for each cast, allowing us to give everyone opportunities for singing, speaking and dancing roles. Local Bay Area kids get a chance to shine in our colorful and elaborate shows featured at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater, Marines’ Memorial Theater, Herbst Theater, Castro Theater, and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Our convenient 10-week program with one rehearsal per week, makes participation in SFCMT productions fun and easy for busy Bay Area families.

Musical Theatre Works is a unique Theatre Academy and Performance Company for children and teens in grades K-12. Their exciting programs provide an opportunity for students to learn about and experience all aspects of Musical Theatre by working with professional Directors, Designers and Instructors.

San Francisco Youth Theatre is dedicated to creating cutting-edge theater for children and youth ages 3-24. We offer classes and performance ensembles, produce adult-performed productions for young audiences, school residencies and a repertoire of original productions that speak to the unique sensibilities of youth.

South Bay Youth Theater Groups:

South Bay Children’s Musical Theater is dedicated to offering high quality performing arts experiences to local youth ages 5-18 in San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Cupertino Mountain View, Fremont, and surrounding South Bay communities.

Gilroy Children’s Musical Theater offers high quality performing arts experiences to local youth ages 5-18 in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, San Martin, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, and surrounding areas.

Children’s Musical Theater San Jose (CMTSJ) trains and educates today’s youth through musical theater to set and achieve high artistic and personal goals, and to inspire them to become exemplary artists, patrons and citizens of tomorrow. The company continues to cast every child who auditions and to rely heavily on its dedicated volunteer force, but it now also has an artistic staff of trained theater professionals guiding each production and a professional administrative staff.

Starting Arts is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is the promotion and preservation of quality arts education in public and private schools, preschools and home school programs. Since 2000, Starting Arts has partnered with school communities and districts in the San Francisco Bay area to provide both during and after school programs in visual and performing arts for children in grades K through 12.

Playful People Productions is run by a mother-daughter team, Barbara Galiotto and Katie D’ Arcey, who between them have approximately 50 years experience in the musical theater world. Both are Positive Discipline trained and worked as early Childhood Educators as well as in the theater in the past. Both have worked as professional directors with children’s theater for many years.

Roberta Jones Junior Theatre Roberta Jones Junior Theatre, founded in the late 1960’s, is a youth theatre company sponsored by the City of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department. Community theater in Santa Clara began when Roberta Jones and a small group of hardworking individuals conceived the idea of a theater group. After petitioning the Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department for support, the Santa Clara Players formed in 1961.

Campbell Children’s Theatre Foundation mission is to support and promote theatre arts and productions in Campbell’s middle schools and in the local community.

Just For Actors provides television, commercial and film acting training for the inexperienced and the professional, who are looking for the “reel thing” learning with film industry standard lighting and grip equipment to gain experience a step further than the normal acting class. On-Camera Acting Training for San Jose and South Bay Area Adults, Teens and Kids.

Stage Kids California Develops and nurtures young people’s potential through classes and performances. The goal is to go beyond quality theater experiences to emphasize life skills such as responsibility, team work, confidence and creating new friendships.

Star Struck Children’s Theatre is a non-profit youth theatre that provides training and performances for the entire community. They are dedicated to quality performances while emphasizing teamwork, responsibility and a greater sense of self in each of our students.

Northside Theatre Company (NTC) was founded in 1978 by current managing artistic director, Richard Orlando. In 1980, NTC became a registered non-profit organization. Northside is currently in its 31st season and receives national attention for new play development while leading the way in re-defining the integrity and importance of small theatre organizations and their critical importance to the development of industry standards and emerging artists. Committed to theatre for all people, without regard to age, race, creed, culture or physical abilities.

Willow Glen Children’s Theater (WGCT) strives to be one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative children’s theatres by providing programs and performances of original plays. They cast all children in our productions and firmly believe that children are transformed through the magic of theatre.

Sunnyvale Community Players (SCP) Established in 1969, SCP is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality theater for the Sunnyvale community. SCP offers participatory performance and backstage support opportunities for both Sunnyvale residents and interested non-residents of all ages.

Chrysalis Youth Theatre offers play-based creative learning opportunities that are interactive and hands on, fostering healthy personal development in a vibrant, thriving culture.

South Valley Civic Theatre (SVCT) provides quality entertainment at the southern end of California’s Silicon Valley. Our theatre is in Morgan Hill; our staff and performers are all volunteers from nearby towns and cities, including Gilroy, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, and San Jose; Patrons are people like you who enjoy top notch plays and musicals meticulously staged and performed, but at a bargain price.

Peninsula Youth Theater Groups:

Young Performers Theatre (YPT) is the only full-time children’s theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area, and one of the very few theatres in the country offering introductory acting classes to children as young as three years old.

Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) Providing outstanding theatrical learning experiences that develop leadership, emphasize responsibility and foster teamwork in a supportive, respectful environment.

Pied Piper Players is a non-profit 501(c)(3) family theater company. We use performing arts as a vehicle to build Confidence, Community, Friendship & Excellence.

San Carlos Children’s Theater is a non-profit organization committed to educating youth in all aspects of theater production while nurturing creative expression, self-confidence, teamwork, and an appreciation for the arts.

Palo Alto Children’s Theatre exists to nurture the intellectual, artistic, and personal development of youth through multi-arts education, performing opportunities, and extraordinary theatre experiences. At the Children’s Theatre, the process and product are of equal importance in creating excellent theatre for young audiences. Through multi-arts education, the Children’s Theatre develops lifelong skills such as critical and creative thinking, cooperation, and aesthetic sensitivity.

Hillbarn Theatre Since 1941, the historic Hillbarn Theatre has served the San Francisco Bay Area by embracing this founding ideal: “To create theatre with the community, for the community, striving always for excellence in production and education.”

Los Altos Stage Company The mission of the Los Altos Stage Company is to present theater that celebrates the rich diversity of American art and culture, to foster an enduring commitment to the performing arts and artists, and to serve as a welcoming and creative gathering space for our community.

East Bay Youth Theater Groups:

Bay Area Children’s Theatre Founded in 2004 by five arts educators with a dream, BACT has grown to become a major creative force in the Bay Area reaching over 115,000 children and adults each year. Our vision is for all Bay Area children to have the opportunity to experience live theatre before they finish elementary school.

East Bay Children’s Theatre (EBCT) is the oldest continuously performing theatre group in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are a non-profit organization supported by over 45 active volunteers, dedicated to bringing live musical theatre to economically disadvantaged elementary schools, free of charge. 

Berkeley Playhouse was founded in 2007 by Artistic Director, Elizabeth McKoy, a professional theatre actor, director, and teacher for over 20 years. Berkeley Playhouse produces theatre that is “intelligent, relevant, and soul-stirring.” We bring together performers and audience members of all ages. We strive to provide experiences that fully engage performers and audiences. Berkeley Playhouse also offers educational programs. We provide classes, camps and performance training in acting, singing, dancing, and technical theatre. Children in our programs receive training from the best Bay Area teaching artists – many of them directors or performers in our MainStage shows.

Youth Musical Theater Company (YMTC) Youth Musical Theater Company is dedicated to providing exceptional training to young theater artists through the production of exceptional musical theater. We bring together the Bay Area’s most talented and dedicated young singer/actors—as well as students of technical theater— (7th grade through University level)—with professional directors, designers, and musicians.  We create theater that takes on challenging and sophisticated musical and dramatic themes, and that is always accompanied by a full, live orchestra.

Santa Cruz Theater Groups:

Young Actors Theatre Camp YATC is a coed overnight theater camp for kids ages 8-18. All levels are encouraged! The camp is held at Camp Sempervirens, just 45 miles south of San Francisco in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. Year after year the Young Actors’ Theatre Camp is voted San Francisco’s “Best Sleep-A-Way Camp” & “Best Children’s Theater Workshop!” In fact, in 2011 we were inducted into the Bay Area Parent “Family Favorite Hall of Fame!”

All About Theatre is a non-profit theater company dedicated to bringing meaningful productions to the greater Santa Cruz community. We have had the pleasure of producing over 100 productions specializing in teaching acting, music and dance to children from ages 3-16 years of age, and adults.

WEST Performing Arts The mission of WEST Performing Arts is to provide youth and families a creative outlet and training ground that cultivates the imaginative process. We provide educational experiences in literature, performing, expressive and creative arts through classes and productions. We give young artists and audiences the invaluable knowledge that their imaginations have had a positive and profound impact on their world.