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 and working 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.


2017 YTCA Summer Intensive


2017 YTCA Registration

Important Dates

Monday – Friday, June 5-July 13, 2017

Junior Theatre Intensive (Grades 5-8) 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Senior Theatre Intensive (Grades 9-12) 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Dress Rehearsal:
Wednesday, July 12, at 6:00 PM


Public Performances:
 Thursday, July 13, at 7:00 PM

Student call is at 6:00 PM.

 Friday, July 14, at 7:00 PM

Student call is at 6:00 PM.

 Saturday, July 15, at 2:00 PM*

*There will be a pizza party for the students at noon on Saturday, July 15. Student call is at 1:00 PM.


$325 Early Bird Multi-Child* Special (due May 5)

$350 Early Bird Special (due May 5)

$350 Multi-Child* Registration

$375 General Registration

Registration and fees are due by Wednesday, May 31; registration and fess for the early-bird specials are due by Friday, May 5. Registration closes on May 31. Fees should accompany registration form. There will be a $35 processing fee for any returned checks.

*The Multi-Child discount is the amount due per child.

Refund Policy

Students who withdraw from the program before June 5, will receive a 90% refund. Students that withdraw between June 5, and June 9, will receive a 60% refund. No refunds are issued after June 9.


Students may apply for financial assistance through our scholarship application. These are approved based on financial need only. Requests must be submitted by May 5, along with the registration form. A non-refundable $35 security deposit must accompany each application. You will be notified by May 19, if the funds been awarded and the amount awarded. Any remaining balance must be paid by June 5.

2017 YTCA Scholarship

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