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After School Studios

An After School Studio is a learning and enrichment program in which students explore ensemble storytelling through games, exercises, and the creation of a live performance.  Our aim is to have participants gain confidence in expressing themselves, learn to work as an ensemble, increase their understanding and appreciation of theatre, and develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills as they collaborate to create and perform their own stories, poems and plays.  Our teaching artists make multiple visits to your school, community center or after-school program.  Over the course of at least 8 weeks, students explore the world of theatre, learning about storytelling, acting, design and performance.  Or we can use theatrical training and techniques to explore other subjects – including literacy, languages, history, or science.  All of our residencies are tailored to meet the needs of your kids and families.  

After School Studios occur at your location, so a site visit is required before final arrangements are made.  The cost of a studio program is ultimately determined by the number of participants and the number of sessions.  In general the cost is between $75 and $100 per session. Eight sessions is our minimum. The size of each studio depends on the given space.  In general, a studio should have at least 6 participants and no more than 21. (A group of 22 can form two separate studio groups.)   We prefer that the participants’ age range not span more than 2 years -- for example 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-16. 

Bilingual Teaching Artists are available.


For more information about YPS After School Studios, e-mail Mary Sutton at or call 713.315.3385.


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