Tickets on sale NOW for our Fall 2016 production of Bah Humbug! A Christmas Carol. A pre-show of our Little Star's production of A Place in the Christmas Choir will also be presented at each performance for no additional cost. Click now to order.
Registration is now open for our spring productions for K-8th graders! Everyone who registers will be cast, regardless of experience! During the school year, we rehearse just once a week to make it easier on your family's schedule! Classes fill quickly - register soon! Click below to
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The mission of Northwest Youth Theatre is to educate and enrich the lives of young people by providing meaningful opportunities for them to explore the performing arts.
Every Kid's a Star
Lois Lents has been involved in the field of children’s theatre since college. After completing her degree in theatre, she began working with young people and has taught creative drama, and acting workshops for kids in Kansas City, Mo, Dallas, TX, Orange County, California, Portland, Oregon and Klamath Falls, Oregon. She has also directed a wide variety of main stage productions of such favorites as “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, “Schoolhouse Rock, Live”, “Cinderella”, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” and “A Thousand Cranes.” However, it is Lois’ commitment to arts programming for children that has led her to found Northwest Youth Theatre.
Karli Winters is first and foremost a mom, with a big background as a performer, musician, and theatre instructor. She has been performing onstage since the age of six, and worked with Lois as an apprentice instructor during her high school and college years. In addition to her work with children’s theatre, she directed a variety of productions and melodramas. Karli minored in Music at the University of Puget Sound, before going on to get a Masters of Arts from the College of Education at Seattle University. She looks forward to continuing her work in the performing arts and loves teaching younger students.
Northwest Youth Theatre is an Oregon Not-for-Profit 501(c)3 Corporation. Its purpose is to provide education and experience in the performing arts to children regardless of their past experience or training. It was founded by Lois Lents in Portland, OR in 1995, and offers youth a variety of performing opportunities, through after school and summer day camp programs for children from preschool through high school. NYT classes are filled without requiring students to audition — we believe that by working on performance skills and team-building activities in the rehearsal process, every group of young people can produce an excellent program. In addition, NYT policy is that no child will be denied access to our programs because of inability to pay. Contact us for information on tuition assistance.
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