Young Actors Professional Intensive (YAPI)


YAPI 2024: July 15 – August 16


Challenge yourself this summer with college-level theater classes that include Audition & Acting Technique, Scene Study, Shakespeare, Musical Theater, Improvisation, Tap, Radio Drama, Character Development, Camera Acting, Dance & more! Faculty are professional educators and artists. Admission is by audition only.

This process-based program will meet five days a week, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.  We’ll meet in-person at Studio East, with the ability to go virtual if needed.  Limited to 20 students, ages 13-19.

2023 Auditions 

Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditions are 20 minutes in length and held in-person at Studio East. If you are unable to make an audition date in-person, we are happy to schedule a virtual audition. Call our Office Manager, Amanda McGee at 425.820.1800, or email [email protected] to reserve your spot.

Audition Dates: 
Wednesday, March 1, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wednesday, March 22, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wednesday, April 12, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wednesday, May 10, 3:00pm-6:00pm

Prepare: A memorized contemporary monologue not to exceed 1.5 minutes in length. The rest of the audition will be comprised of an interview and detailed description of the program. Please send in a picture/resume. Returning students do not need to re-audition but must call to ensure a space.

Enrollment: Up to 20 students, ages 13 to 19.

YAPI Fee: $1650

This tuition provides best-in-the-biz professional teaching artists, current and relevant curriculum, and support resources for a wonderful, complete, and memorable summer for the students.

Tuition Assistance: If you need financial assistance, please submit an application to our main office before your audition. Due to processing time, we are unable to consider tuition assistance if you wait until orientation to apply. Applying for tuition assistance does not impact selection process.  Please reach out to our main office for more info on scholarships – 425.820.1800 or [email protected].

YAPI Withdrawal: Your tuition is non-refundable up to $500.00 if you drop before May 27th. Unfortunately, there are no YAPI tuition refunds after May 27.

YAPI orientation/parent meeting: Saturday, June 24, 12:00pm-2:30pm

YAPI dates: Monday, July 11 – Friday, August 11, 9:00am-5:00pm

Showcase: Friday, August 11, 7:00pm, the final day of class, students will present a showcase of sketches, songs, dances and more. The showcase will be held at Studio East. Family and friends are welcome!

2023 Instructors:

Julie Grant, Allan Batchelder, Abby Eagleson, Lani Brockman, Stephen Lowen, VJ Orduña and more.

This year, during the first week of YAPI, we will include workshops in Musical Theater taught by past YAPI faculty member David Duvall, and Stage Combat taught by alumni/Combat Specialist Raya Tuffaha.

Following YAPI, students may opt to travel to New York City for a 5-day theater tour. The New York trip fee below includes airfare, hotel, bus and subway fares, theater classes, museum admissions, and tickets to at least 5 shows. Note: spots are limited.

Time is of the essence – please let us know if you are interested in the trip as soon as possible, so we can start booking. We need at least 10 students to make the trip happen but have group size limitations at the same time. Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

New York Trip dates:  YAPI NYC will resume in 2024.

New York Mandatory Meeting:  N/A

New York Fee: N/A

Musicals we are working to book: N/A

Mini YAPI is a focused acting course for students who want to delve into some serious theater training. This week-long, process-based acting intensive is taught by the same Instructors who teach the Studio’s five-week Young Actors Professional Intensive (YAPI). Students will showcase their new skills in an informal presentation for parents on Friday afternoon. No auditions are required for Mini YAPI.

For more information and to register for Mini YAPI click HERE.