Youth Theatre

Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas



The Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas was formed in 1990 to provide students in grades 3-12 with quality, creative, theatrical experiences and is supported by UCA Theatre and the UCA Theatre Foundation. The Youth Theatre has encouraged and fostered the talents of hundreds of children in the central Arkansas area. Its unique program combines the fun of performing on stage with a professional educational experience available nowhere else. 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.

The Youth Theatre currently has two age groups. The Junior Group consists of students in grades 3-6 with the Senior Group for students in grades 7-12. If you want your child to learn from knowledgeable professionals, then the Youth Theatre is the place for a fun, creative and educational experience!

The Youth Theatre is fortunate to have Ruthann Curry Browne as its director. Ruthann holds an MA in Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver and has taken graduate courses toward a PhD in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University. She has directed numerous plays, taught middle school drama, and led workshops in acting and auditioning. Ruthann is currently an adjunct professor at UCA where she teaches Theatre Appreciation.Liz Parker, Business Manager for UCA Theatre, has served Youth Theatre as its coordinator for the past 24 years. She holds a BS in Theatre from UCA and is responsible for registration, scheduling, and day-to-day operations of the Youth Theatre.

This generally consists of 4-5 weeks of rehearsal on the production of a full-length play. Both age groups meet and rehearse five days a week in preparation for their production. Registration fees for the summer program generally run between $250 and $300. We accept cash, check, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

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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Please contact Melissa Kordsmeier, Theatre Business Manager, at 501-450-5092 or