Young Actors Professional Intensive (YAPI)


This year’s YAPI SHOWCASE will be something entirely different. Our students will perform CULTURAL FOLK TALES!

Explore different cultures through folktales from around the world. This summer at Peter Kirk Park, Studio East students will present two tales: An Anansi Tale from Africa and the Peer Gynt story from the Netherlands. About 30 minutes long, both stories will be full of silliness and fun and great for youth ages 3 – 12. Admission is 100% FREE.

Showtimes at Peter Kirk Park (202 3rd St, Kirkland, WA): 

  • Saturday, July 10 @ 11am and 1pm
  • Saturday, July 24 @ 11am and 1pm

YAPI 2021: June 28 – July 30, 2021

Challenge yourself this summer with 5 weeks of college-level theater classes that include Audition & Acting Technique, Scene Study, Shakespeare, Musical Theater, Improvisation, Tap and more. NEW this year we will have Radio Drama, Character Development, Camera Acting, and Fosse Dance! Faculty is made up of professional educators and artists. Admission is by audition only.

This process-based program will be a combination of 3 days of in-person classes and 2 days of virtual classes. We will meet from 9am – 4pm. Limited to 24 students ages 13-19. Safety is our first priority. For the in-person days, we will practice social distancing and require masks. The building will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times per day.

2021 Virtual Auditions 

Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditions are 20 minutes in length. Call our Office Manager, Chinda Tilson at 425.820.1800 to reserve your spot.

Auditions: Traditional auditions have closed, but we still have 3-4 spaces left in YAPI. Auditions are now first come first served basis. Email to schedule your audition.

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 24 students, ages 13 to 19

YAPI Fee: $1650

YAPI orientation/parent meeting: TBD via Zoom

YAPI dates: Monday, June 28th – Friday, July 30th 9am – 4pm

Showcase: In place of a showcase this year, all students will receive a DVD representing their work, including their mock audition.

2021 Instructors: TBD

NOTE: Unfortunately, the NYC trip has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Following YAPI, students may opt to travel to New York City for a 6-day theater tour. The New York trip fee includes airfare, hotel, bus and subway fares, theater classes, museum admissions, and at least 5 shows.

New York Trip dates: N/A

New York Mandatory Meeting: N/A

New York Fee: 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 six-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.

  • Final Presentation: 3:30pm on the final day of camp at the camp venue.

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