Young People’s Theatre Newcastle

Theatre School

Update September 2020: enrolments remain open for 2020 classes!!
Mid-semester enrolments welcome + fees pro-rated
join our friendly ypt family community

Use your creative kids voucher (see info below)

CLICK HERE TO VIEW  current VACANCIES + enrol  mid-SEMESTER 2, 2020.

YPT Theatre School offers a structured developmental program to allow children from Year 2 to Year 12 to follow their interests and develop theatre skills. YPT is for all children interested in theatre/drama – there is no expectation that new students have drama experience. Our expectations are that children make a commitment to classes, that they attend on a regular basis and that they do their very best.  Currently YPT welcomes approximately 400 students to our classes each week.

Click to view the 2020 Class timetable

You must be enrolled in a Drama class before you can access our extension classes (Musical Theatre, Jazz and Tap). 


We love to welcome new families to YPT! Our enrolment and waitlist procedure reflects the high demand for YPT classes and ensures that families are serious about joining the YPT Theatre School.

For many classes there is a Waitlist. However, due to natural turnover there is sometimes a current vacancy and a student can register immediately for a class. We do not offer trial classes however we offer the option of a refund if your child chooses not to pursue drama within the first 2 weeks of enrolment.



A non-refundable Waitlist Administration Fee of $10 per class applies to each class that your child is waitlisted on. This is not deducted from fees where an offer of enrolment is made.

  • When a drama class position becomes available, an offer via SMS and email will be sent to those on our waitlist.  Places fill quickly and we encourage you to respond as soon as possible to the offer to secure your place.
  • YPT Timetabling may  vary from Semester to Semester.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR 2020 WAITLIST If the class you are interested in is not available, we encourage you to join our Waitlist as places at our Theatre School are in high demand.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR 2021 YEAR 2 (CURRENT YEAR 1) WAITLIST.  Our youngest enrolments are for Year 2 students. These classes fill quickly. We recommend waitlisting your Year 1 child early to avoid disapointment.

2020 SEMESTER 2 

Term 3 (9 weeks) 
Monday classes: From 27 July to 21 September
Tuesday classes: From 28 July to 22 September 
Wednesday classes: From 29 July to 23 September 
Thursday classes: From 30 July to 24 September 
Saturday classes: From 25 July to 19 September

Term 4 (9 weeks)
Monday classes: From 12 October to 7 December 
Tuesday classes: From 13 October to 8 December 
Wednesday classes: From 14 October to 9 December 
Thursday classes: From 15 October to 10 December 
Saturday classes: From 17 October to 12 December

YPT is registered with Service NSW to accept Active & Creative Kids Vouchers.

To redeem the vouchers at YPT:

Step 1. Apply for a Creative or Active Kids voucher at Service NSW 
> Creative Kids  |  > Active Kids

Step 2. Following receipt of your voucher number, submit voucher details to claim your redemption from YPT using the online claim form here.

Step 3. YPT will process the voucher with Service NSW. Following validation of your voucher,  YPT will credit the voucher amount to the account of the person named on the voucher.

STEP 4. This amount will be credited to your current outstanding YPT invoice or to your YPT account.

Our YPT terms and conditions include information on uniform and eligibility for productions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes.  Extension classes are only offered to students who are enrolled in a weekly YPT Drama Class. Extension Classes include Musical Theatre, Jazz , Tap and individual Singing lessons. The timetable for extenstion classes is above.

Yes, we focus on providing a drama program that is specifically targeted for our older students. Full details of our Senior Class program including our ‘application only’ Think Beyond program are available HERE

Each production has audition eligibility criteria that specifies which students can audition for productions.  Ordinarily the criteria requires students to have been enrolled for a Semester at YPT although this varies between productions.   YPT programs productions to enable opportunites for students in all year levels. Further information can be found on our Theatre Company page.

If your child is cast in a production there is a small commitment to volunteer. Please rest assured that the volunteer commitment is not onerous.  The number of times you are asked to volunteer depends on a number of factors including cast size, complexity of the production (set and costume) and age of the children. 

Usually parents are asked to volunteer around 3-4 times in the pre-production phase and 3-4 times during the production season.  Volunteer shifts are usually for 2-4 hours.  The pre-production phase runs for around a term and the production season for a term so the commitment is spread over a lengthy period of time. We make the process easy for parents and they are able to  choose their volunteer times from an online roster so they can fit it in with their personal schedule.  We find that most parents enjoy being part of the show, sharing the time with their children and meeting new friends.  Some parents end up volunteering more that the minimum because they enjoy the experience.

Parents help in ways that suit their skills and interests. For example, in the pre-production stage parents can choose to support the production in wardrobe (experienced or sewing for dummies), set construction, supervision of children, canteen, etc). During the Production phase parents volunteer in dressing room, canteen, front of house, stage door or green room supervision.  Parents help other parents and there are clear lists of tasks.  More information can be found HERE

As a not-for-profit organisation that is registered as a charlity YPT actively promotes a culture away from maximising profits towards inclusion for all families by extending substantially lower fees than similar organisations’ in the region.   Uniquely, despite significantly high operating expenses, YPT provides performance and production opportunities for students at zero to minimal cost.

Learn more about the current volunteer availabilities and the ways you can assist us at YPT on our volunteer opportunities page

Classes are held at either the  YPT theatre in Hamilton or the Hunter School for the Performing Arts (HSPA), Lambton Road, Broadmeadow.  For exact locations for each class see the Class Timetable above in the FAQ section.

Classes are taught by senior YPT tutors who are current drama practitioners with background skills and training. Tutor/student ratios are small and most classes have a Senior Tutor and a Tutor.

Learn more about our team and management committee.

YPT requires that parents notify any health or other issues that could affect the welfare of their child at YPT. Issues may include general, medical or custody issues, learning difficulties or physical disabilities. At enrolment, we require parents to provide details of any issues and possible strategies to support their child while they attend YPT.

Yes. Each year we have an end of year showcase.  The Drama Showcase is the annual presentation of drama class work for parents and families. Each student is given the opportunity to perform on the YPT stage with their class group. Tickets are available for purchase via the box office.

Visit the YPT Sparkle and Shine page for information on this annual concert. The page also includes a selection of photos from past concerts.

Sparkle and Shine Concert 2018

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YPT student showcase

Extension Classes

YPT offers extension classes to currently enrolled drama students. These can be booked through the YPT office. Extension classes (mostly 60mins) are available in:

  • Musical Theatre
  • Tap Dancing
  • Jazz Technique
  • Singing lessons (30mins)

See the 2020 Class Timetable for more info.

Sparkle & Shine Concert

The Sparkle and Shine Concert is directed by tutors in our Drama School, and is a celebration of what YPT stands for – theatre for young people by young people. 

The annual concert supports the YPT Remembers Reuben Scholarship

YPT students perform in a selection of numbers from Musical Theatre pieces to dance, drama and more! More about Sparkle & Shine, plus photos of past concerts.

‘Think Beyond’ Senior Drama Course

The Think Beyond course is designed for Years 11 and 12 students who wish to challenge themselves beyond what they would encounter in a drama class. Students keen to learn more about theatre and acting and/or who endeavour to pursue a career in the entertainment and/or creative arts industries are encouraged to consider the Think Beyond program.

Find out more info here

The YPT Tech Team

At YPT it’s not just young people on stage, but behind the scenes too. YPT students in Year 7 and above can apply to join our expert Tech Team, which plays a vital part in every production! This is for students interested in stage crew, stage management, lighting, sound or the fly tower.