SYTE 2021

We’re back! In person!
Ensemble Audition Notice

Auditions for the youth ensemble will be by video submissions, but our summer company will create, rehearse and perform in person! City and campus Covid-19 safety guidelines will be followed. This is our fifth summer of welcoming youth from all over the KC area.

Fun. New friends. Creativity. Sharing ideas. Celebrating expression.
Open minds and strong hearts.
Dump Zoom. Lunch and Snacks!


KCRep SYTE is a free 4-week summer theatre arts program open to high school youth.

SYTE youth engage in an interactive rehearsal process packed full of theatre exercises and games, ensemble-building activities, movement, discussion and playwriting techniques designed to cultivate creative and life skills. The session is led by a team of professional actors and theatre artists. Guest artists will join us for special skills and explorations.

We collaborate with young actors and writers to build a performance that is their own – an original theatre piece that explores and artistically expresses their perspectives, ideas and talents. Genre and plot yet to be discovered!

Where | Rehearsals will take place at Kansas City Repertory Theatre located on the UMKC campus, midtown KC. The performances will be held on our mainstage, the Spencer Theatre in the Olson Performing Arts Center on the UMKC campus, July 30 and 31.

When | Classes are held Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. The session will begin Tuesday, July 6 and continue through the final performances the weekend of July 31. Yum! Snacks and lunch are provided. We can also provide reimbursement for bus passes to travel to class.

Who | While SYTE is a theatre-focused experience, we welcome high school artists of all skill levels, talents and backgrounds from all over the KC metro area. We don’t require tons of theatre experience—- only ideas, openness and enthusiasm to tell a story with each other. If you love to think, act, write, create and express and would like to have a creative and confidence strengthening experience, we’d love to meet you. All levels of experience are welcome including rising 9th graders and just-graduated seniors. In our ensemble – diversity, acceptance and respect are our superpowers. Empathy and sharing ideas are gifts of theatre. 2021 is a summer for fun, new friends, and healing with the artistry of theatre as our teacher. We are all learning.

SYTE’s mission is to nurture and energize self-expression, confidence, collaboration and the joy of creativity through the art of theatre in a safe and supportive studio with professional actors as our teaching team. Every young person involved is vital in helping to shape the experience. 2021 is a summer for fun, new friends, and healing with the artistry of theatre as our teacher. We are all learning.


How to apply | We create our summer company through auditions which help us get to know you. Please respond with your interest as soon as you can since we need to consider social distancing in the size of the group.

Please email an audition video, photo and completed audition/application form.
Please email Melinda at for an application form.
To apply——

  • Reach out for an order form, complete and return it.
  • Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue from a play, book or something you have written. Something you like that means something to you. We prefer that this is memorized, but if it isn’t– please share it with as much commitment and energy as you can, not just reading aloud. Commit and be clear! You can add a short song, visual artwork, or creative writing of your own if you’d like.
  • Share a current photo that we can keep and will help us to remember you. Nothing fancy, doesn’t need to be professional—just something that looks like you. Thank you!

Please email your audition+, along with photo and application form to

Covid-19 guidelines: Please know that we will work with care and caution and will be following city and UMKC safety guidelines including cleaning, social distancing and mask wearing inside. Your safety is of utmost importance to us.


Questions? Let’s connect.
Reach out to KCRep’s Education Director, Melinda at