Youth Programs at Western

Summer Youth Theatre Institute (SYTI)
Secondary (Entering grades 7-12)

Date Classes are Monday – Friday, June 23 – July 11; Showcase on July 11   
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Time Classes: 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.;
Showcase at 7 p.m.
Location Western Washington University
Cost $300, includes instruction, materials, specialized facilities; SYTI T-Shirts available for $15
See cost details
Notes: *Priority registration deadline is
June 15*

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Summer Youth Theatre Institute courses are taught in professional theatre spaces, allowing access to the costume shop and performance venues on Western’s campus.  Each institute culminates in an original showcase produced on the stage of Old Main Theater.

All workshops are supervised by Dr. Deborah Currier and taught by upper-division Western theatre and education students.

Participants at both the elementary and secondary level will enjoy dynamic workshops and gain skills in a variety of areas, including:

  • Improvisation
  • Vocal and body warm-up techniques
  • Monologue and scene writing
  • Stage movement, blocking and directing
  • Technical theatre skill building
  • Audition skill building
  • Choreography for the stage


Summer Production: Monster Keeper

Monsters are all around us.  Be a part of the action as Western’s Department of Theatre and Dance stages this fast-paced, humorous hero's tale about finding courage, friendship and self-knowledge in the most unlikely of circumstances.  Written by Deb Currier, Monster Keeper is a lively, all-ages stage adaptation of the best-selling middle-reader novel Demonkeeper by Royce Buckingham.

Auditions are held on Sunday, June 1 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in PAC 399 (#16 on the campus map). All SYTI participants are guaranteed a part in Monster Keeper. Specific roles for participants ages 10 and up will be cast from the auditions. Participants can choose to audition for a specific part on June 1or sign-up for a non-speaking role during SYTI. There is no fee to be a cast member of Monster Keeper.

Monster Keeper rehearsals will be held June 30 – August 7, Monday through Friday, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. (depending on age of participants and role.) View rehearsal schedule.

Technical Rehearsals
Technical rehearsals will be held on August 2-3, Saturday and Sunday, times TBD by Technical Production Staff/Faculty.

Monster Keeper will run Friday and Saturday, August 8-9, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 10 at 2:00 p.m. on the Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and can be purchased through the WWU Box Office.

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Secondary SYTI (Entering grades 7-12 in fall 2014)
June 23 – July 11, 2014
Classes are held Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.  There will be no class on July 4th. 

In addition to regular SYTI courses, participants are required to attend a showcase performance on Friday, July 11th, at 7 p.m. in the Old Main Theater on Western’s campus.

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Cost: $300

Cost is per person and includes instruction, materials, and specialized facilities.  Participants can choose to purchase a SYTI T-shirt for $15.

Priority registration is June 15; registrations accepted after June 15th are on a space available basis.

The following discounts are available for the Summer Youth Theatre Institute; discounts cannot be combined.

  • Two members of one family (siblings) receive a $25 discount per family at time of registration.
  • Past participants receive a $75 discount at time of registration.
  • WWU Alumni, Faculty and Staff are eligible for a $25 discount at time of registration. 

A full refund will be granted if a program is cancelled. No reduction in fees is given for late arrival, early departure or expulsion for disciplinary matters. Cancellation requests must be submitted via email to 12 working days prior to the first day of your session; a $100 handling charge will be deducted.

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Page Updated 07.28.2015