Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas

YTCAFounded in 1989, UCA Theatre hosts the annual Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas Summer Intensive Program. We are dedicated to providing quality, intense training to young people in order to introduce and encourage them to experience the creative, imaginative world around them. As the only university-supported theatre training program in the state for young people, YTCA offers training in a professional environment, on stage and behind the scenes.

There are many skills students will learn through theatrical arts including, but not limited to creativity, innovative problem solving, the strengths of non-verbal communication, collaboration and team work, listening skills, receiving constructive feedback, accountability, perseverance, and confidence.

This training culminates in a performance open to the public.


2021 YTCA Summer Intensive

Sadly, the Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas 2021 Summer Intensive is cancelled this summer. 

The University of Central Arkansas is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and is in regular contact with the Arkansas Department of Health. 

As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our community, on and off campus. For the most current information, please refer to

Thank you for understanding and we look forward to serving you in the future.

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