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Young Actor Institute

Hosted by the University of Washington
Grade 10 – Age 21

Young Actor Institute is SCT’s highest level of actor training, preparing students for the vibrant, challenging world of professional theatre. YAI allows students to dive in to immersive, in-depth classes in a variety of performing arts disciplines, taught by professional artists. The rigorous schedule of training (five days a week for six weeks), is uniquely designed to build the necessary stamina, endurance, and concentration that are so essential in their chosen fields.

YAI faculty work together to develop an integrated curriculum that challenges and supports each student in the program. Classes include Acting, Scene Study, Voice for the Actor, Movement for e Actor, Stage Combat, Singing for the Theatre, Dance for the Theatre, Improvisation and Audition Technique. The program culminates in a studio showcase for families, friends, and the SCT community to see performances of work from each class.


Placement in YAI is by audition only. We will send monologue options and guidelines when you make your 10-minute audition appointment. Although the program takes place at the University of Washington, we hold auditions at Seattle Children’s Theatre during the following times:

Monday, March 4 4:00 – 6:00pm
Monday, March 11 6:00 – 8:00pm
Saturday, March 16 2:00 – 4:00pm

We will notify you of your acceptance status by April 1. For those students accepted, we ask for a $100 deposit by April 5 to confirm your space in the program.

We have added April YAI audition dates for students who are interested in the program and might have missed the March dates:

Monday, April 1 4:00 – 6:00pm
Wednesday, April 3 4:00 – 6:00pm
Thursday, April 4 4:00 – 6:00pm

Please use the link below to schedule your audition:

Audition Now


Seattle Children’s Theatre
Saturday, June 22nd
10:00am – 12:00pm