Youth Theatre

Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas


The Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas (YTCA) was founded in 1999 to provide quality theatre arts training for elementary through high school youth. As an outreach program of the UCA Theatre Department, and supported by the UCA Theatre and the UCA Theatre Foundation, YTCA has always been dedicated to providing young artists with a quality, creative, theatrical experience. Over the last 24 years, we have encouraged and fostered the talents of hundreds of children in the central Arkansas area. Our unique program combines the excitement of performing on stage with a professional educational experience available nowhere else in the state of Arkansas. Students are taught by professional theatre faculty with years of experience both on stage and behind the scenes. Many Youth Theatre alumni have earned college degrees in Theatre and are leading successful careers in the world of entertainment, education, and private business.


YTCA is proud to have Ruthann Curry Browne as its director.  Ruthann currently teaches theatre classes at both UCA and Hendrix, and she is an official Arts in Education Teaching Artist with the Arkansas State Arts Council.  Her 35 years of theatre arts experience includes performing on Broadway, off Broadway, in Regional Theatres, dinner theatres, summer stock, comedy improv troupes, television, and film.   She holds a BA from the College of William and Mary, a Masters degree in Performance from the University of Denver, and graduate courses toward a PhD in Theatre for Youth at Arizona State University. She is a proud professional member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, and SDC.


Summer Intensive:

Our Summer Drama Intensive offers a four-five week theatre training program which ends in a public performance over two nights of production.  Students are divided into two ages groups (Ages 10-13 and 14-18), and each group meets daily (Monday through Friday). Daily classes include work in acting, technical theatre, and rehearsal.  Students may apply for scholarships to help cover registration fees for the summer program, which are around $350-$425.

Film Camp:  

In addition to the regular Summer Intensive, high school students who are registered for Drama Intensive may add on a Film Camp.   Budding filmmakers will work with a professional filmmaker learning the film process — from writing scripts to preparation to filming to editing.  Students will work with UCA studio equipment for filming and editing.  Film class will meet for three hours during the day for four (4) weeks, and the final product will be premiered during Youth Theatre performance nights.


During the school year, several Saturday Workshops will be offered in various aspects of theatre training, for all ages.  Check back regularly for information about upcoming workshops, and sign up on the mailing list to receive regular information via email.

NOTE: The summer program is a day camp available only to those students who are able to return home each day. On-campus housing is not available.

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