The Program

KCRep Summer Youth Theatre Ensemble is a free, four-week program open to all young artists ages 13-18 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 Youth Summer 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.



Auditions will be held on:

Tuesday, May 2nd
Wyandotte High School
2501 Minnesota Ave
Kansas City, KS 66102
4:00-6:00 PM

Tuesday, May 9th and Wednesday, May 10th
James C. Olson Performing Arts Center on the UMKC Campus
4949 Cherry St, Kansas City, MO 64110
5:00-7:00 PM

Monday, May 22nd
Sumner Academy
1610 N 8th St, Kansas City, KS 66101
4:00 PM

Thursday, May 25th
James C. Olson Performing Arts Center on the UMKC Campus
4949 Cherry St, Kansas City, MO 64110

For more information and to sign up for an audition, please contact Lydia Fuqua at or 816-235-2707.


What to Expect for Your Audition

  • Please come in comfortable clothing and be prepared to participate in group theatre games.
  • Please bring something to share with us! It can be a poem you wrote, a song you would like to sing, a monologue you’ve memorized, or anything else that expresses you!


Program Information

The program will take place from Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 to Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.

The public performances will take place on Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th at Spencer Theatre.



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