The Program

KCRep Summer Youth Theatre Ensemble is a free summer program open to young artists ages 13-17 in the Kansas City area. Summer Youth Theatre Ensemble artists engage in an interactive rehearsal process packed full of high-energy games, ensemble-building activities, and playwriting exercises designed to cultivate creative and life skills. Together, they collaborate with KCRep teaching artists to build a performance that is their own and perform it for the public on KCRep’s main stage, Spencer Theatre. The program is designed to include and nurture all students and their ideas, so while it is a theatre-focused experience, we welcome young artists of all skill levels and backgrounds. No previous theatre experience is required to participate! Every student involved is vital in helping shape the experience.

In connection with KCRep’s mission to pursue theatrical excellence, build community, and cultivate passionate artists, the Summer Youth Theatre Ensemble promises four weeks of excitement and discovery for teen artists who are ready to engage with other young, creative thinkers to share the stories central to their lives. It is with great joy that we open our doors this summer as a safe and creative place for young people to gather and explore the power of the arts by working with KCRep artists.



2018 SYTE SPRING WORKSHOP SERIES: KCRep invites you to join us for our free SYTE Workshop Series. You’ll have the opportunity to work with theatre professionals to gain valuable skills, meet other young artists, and learn more about our Summer Youth Theatre Ensemble. All youth ages 13-17 are welcome. No previous theatre experience is necessary, but space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot! Those who are interested in auditioning for the Summer Youth Theatre Ensemble should plan to attend at least two workshops.

Workshop Dates

Saturday, February 24th – 1-4 PM – FULL
Saturday, March 24th – 1-4 PM – FULL
Monday, March 26th—6-9 PM
Monday, April 2nd – 6-9 PM

To sign up for a workshop or for more information, please email Lydia at



SYTE Auditions: Monday, April 16th

SYTE Callbacks: Monday, April 23rd

Those who are interested in auditioning for SYTE should plan to attend at least two spring workshops.



Please check back soon for 2018 program dates.



Please check back soon for 2018 performance information.



Want to find out more about SYTE? Check out the YouTube video of our 2017 production: To Be Human or check out a few photos from the performance.

For more information about the program, please contact Lydia Fuqua, Assistant Director of Education at or 816-235-2707.