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Tickets on Sale soon for Aristocats Kids & Our Show of Shows. In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it's up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O'Malley, and his band of swingin' jazz cats to save the day.

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Registration is now OPEN for our Spring 2018 productions! We have something available for all ages to check it out now!

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JUST ANNOUNCED! NYT is going to London, England in 2018! All students (and their family members) who will be 12 or older are invited to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Our tour will focus on the theatrical aspects of London, including a visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon, and theatrical workshops with West End Performers.

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Our Mission

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

Every Kid's a Star


Lois Lents

Lois Lents

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.

Lois Lents

Karli Winters

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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