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Youth Rep Ensemble

A professional training program for student actors and design technicians in the Pikes Peak region.

Production photo from "She Loves Me"


  • Ages 14-18
  • June 24–July 28 (5-week intensive)
  • Show: Pippin

The Fine Arts Center Theatre Company offers students interested in pursuing careers in performance and/or design & technical theatre a five-week intensive training program. Youth Repertory Ensemble is an inclusive, safe and supportive space for students looking to explore and experiment with the theatrical form through a carefully designed combination of rehearsals and class work. The performance and technical tracks of the program have been designed for both new and returning students in order to develop basic skills as well as foster continual learning and growth.

All students will work with a qualified and professional teaching staff, choreographers, directors, and designers whose focus is helping students learn as much as possible during their five weeks in residence at the FAC.

Students accepted into the Youth Rep Company (both Acting and Design/Technical tracks) are eligible to apply for financial aid. Please email Chris Sheley for details.

Design/Technical Track Details

Classes and training for Technical Theatre Students may include the following:

  • Art theory and criticism
  • Script analysis
  • Scenic, lighting, costume, and sound design
  • Makeup and hair design
  • Stage management
  • Scenic painting techniques
  • Rigging
  • Theatre carpentry
  • Costume construction
  • Use of hand and power tools
  • Portfolios and resume writing
  • Scholarship and college pursuit

The Youth Rep Technical Theatre program provides students the opportunity to be trained by working professionals for a career in live theatre.  It offers students an intensive, vocational program of study in technical theatre.  Students will be able to immediately utilize the skills they learn as they design elements of the show that is performed at the end of the program.

As part of the program’s core, students are in direct contact with the technical theatre instructors throughout the day. We keep the number of students in the program low so all students have ample “face time” with the instructors, as well as the opportunity to learn through a master/apprentice approach to training.

Introductory and advanced studies in the theory and practice of technical theatre are offered.  Both are designed to challenge creativity, encourage development of problem solving skills, and prepare students for a career in the technical crafts of the entertainment industry.

Upon completion of the program, students will have the technical theatre skills necessary to participate as paid interns for upcoming Fine Arts Center Theatre Company main stage productions.

Performance Track Details

Performance Students will receive training in various areas, which may include:

  • Monologue and scene study work
  • Voice and diction
  • Vocal performance
  • Dance: tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, ballet
  • Audition techniques: dramatic and musical
  • Play script analysis
  • Theatre history
  • Collaborative process
  • Poetry
  • Voiceovers
  • Directing
  • Choreography

We believe that the study of the theatre is the study of the human condition. In the performance track at Youth Repertory Ensemble, students will work on the fundamentals of theatre as well as learn how to collaborate, deepen empathy, lead with kindness and take space with confidence. The performance track also has a long history of preparing students for a professional acting career. Many of our alumni have been seen on the Fine Arts Center stage in our Mainstage productions and have gone on to pursue higher education in some of the best training programs in the country. Our qualified and professional teaching staff members are successful in their chosen field and are able to communicate their experiences to others. The performance program combines classes, studio work, and labs with individual attention and mentorship from these working professionals. Students are also able to experience rehearsals and performances under the guidance of the staff. We believe that this kind of immersive training in various skills and techniques along with a professionally directed performance experience prepares students who may choose this art form as their profession.

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