San Francisco Youth Theatre

SFYT Classes

San Francisco Youth Theatre offers classes and performance workshops for youth ages 3-24 years-old. Check out our individual class pages to learn how we tailor our programs to each age group.

Sliding Scale tuition ALWAYS available. No student is turned away for lack of funds.

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SFYT classes will be held online with Zoom. Additional classes will be added throughout the year, with the goal of creating in-person experiences in safe environments.  
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Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Class Descriptions
Show classes for:
Story Theater (gr. PreK-1)

Sally Davis will delight young actors with props, fantasy, music and movement. Children will act out stories from around the world, creating magic through theater.

Take the Stage (Gr. 2-5)

Take the Stage leads elementary-aged children through a journey into the world of theater. Students develop acting and improvisation skills through theater games, scene work, storytelling, creative movement, music-making, and character exploration..

Acting is Believing (Gr. 6-10)

Acting is Believing explores techniques of acting through theatrical games, movement exercises, voice development, storytelling, and improvisation. Classes focus on the elements found in scenes, monologues and full-length productions. Students grow their creative skills and develop the tools they need to successfully prepare for the parts they were meant to play. This class prepares students for our full scale witner 415 Teen Ensemble Production.

Your Best Audition (Gr. 8-12)

Looking your best at an audition is essential to achieving your goals in landing that lead role or getting into a performing arts school. This class is especially geared towards students interested in going to Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA), preparing for a high school play audition or even a BFA College program, and covers the essential aspects of a strong audition.


MadCap Players (Gr. 2-5)

In this workshop young actors will learn the steps of a full scale performance that includes improvisation, creative movement, music, and character exploration. Under the playful guidance of children’s theater wizards Sally Davis and Dyana Díaz, the troupe will bring to life a story to be announced. This theatrical journey will culminate in a colorful and fun performance for family and friends.

Children's Natural Wonders

In this era of virtual schooling, many students are experiencing screen fatigue, isolation and restlessness. Children's Natural Wonders invites students to play, interact and express themselves while remaining physically distant and safe. Together we will expand children’s creativity through story writing, visual art, movement, theater games, and theatre vignettes. 

SFYT has secured a lovely site to hold outdoor classes in the Mission. It has a garden, covered patio, and lots of space for social distance learning. In the absence of a formal theater venue, the students are presented with an opportunity to wonder and collaborate in a unique outdoor space to create site-specific visual and performance art.

415 Teen Ensemble (Grades 6-11)

This winter, SFYT 415 Teen Ensemble will continue its online journey with Alan Aychkbourn's Invisible Friends that will keep us laughing through the winter! Students will work with animation, dialogue, character development and acting. 


Power Plays: (English)

A workshop for English-speaking or bilingual youth, aged 14-20 interested in discovering the art of theater. In the fall semester, you will learn about basic elements of acting, improvisation, and playwriting and start developing a project of your choice. The winter semester will be spent creating a performance--online or in-person--acting and directing each other’s plays and ideas. Students will have total creative freedom over their own pieces and content. We believe theatre is a powerful vehicle for the empowerment of young voices.


Power Plays: Voces para todxs (Español)

Un taller para jóvenes que hablan español entre los 14-20 años de edad interesados en incursionar en el arte del teatro.  Durante el semestre de otoño, aprenderán  elementos básicos de actuación, improvisación y dramaturgia con el fin de comenzar a elaborar un proyecto teatral con el tema que guste. Durante el semestre de invierno crearemos un espectáculo - online o en persona-, la dirección y actuación del mismo estará a cargo por los integrantes del grupo. Los alumnos  tendrán libertad creativa sobre sus propias piezas, ya que creemos que las artes son un vehículo esencial para el empoderamiento de las voces jóvenes. 

Puppet Theatre Workshop (gr. 2-5)

Students will create their own fantastic puppets using found objects and things from the natural world. What do you have in your house that could be transformed into a puppet and given a personality? The workshop will culminate in a wonderful and surprising performance for friends and family. Each student will have a chance to develop their skills as a visual artist, grow as an actor and stretch their imagination. Puppetry is one of the oldest and most popular art forms and a great way for young people to experiment with voices, emotions, self-expression, theater magic and humor. 

Advanced Acting

In this advanced acting technique class you will learn action and reaction, the pinch and the ouch, and other techniques to connect an actor with the present moment on camera and onstage. This is an acting technique which can thrive in the webcam online environment and while learning and practicing remotely we will be focused on being present and “working off” each other. This is a great technique to add to your actor's toolbox for scenes, stage plays and film work.