Trinity Rep creates an encouraging environment with ample opportunities for young people of all ages and abilities.
YASI (Young Actors Summer Institute)
The Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI) is one of the most comprehensive summer arts enrichment programs in New England. For 4.5 weeks, students ages 10 to 18 choose from a variety of electives, including playwriting, musical theater, improvisation, Shakespeare, stage combat and more. Taught by Trinity Rep’s acting company, education staff, Brown/Trinity Rep MFA students and alums, and local working artists, YASI culminates in two public performances on the Trinity Rep stage.
Founded in 2007 by Trinity Rep resident acting company member Mauro Hantman, the Trinity Zoo is Trinity Rep’s premiere teen improv troupe. Now, under the direction of local actor and improviser, Dave Rabinow, the Zoo rehearses each Sunday afternoon and performs a few times per year around the state.
Since 1996, Trinity Rep’s Teen Ambassadors program has brought together motivated young people from communities across Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts, united by their common interest in theater. Teen Ambassadors meet 2-3 times a month throughout the school year, see each mainstage production free of charge, and participate in discussions and master classes with Trinity Rep staff.
TRAIN (Trinity Rep Active Imagination Network)
In partnership with a variety of service organizations throughout Rhode Island, we offer engaging and high-spirited curriculum, which includes acting and improvisation, in order to give children and adults with autism, cognitive, and psychiatric disabilities the tools they need to learn, communicate, and build self-esteem.
Write Here! Write Now! is presented each year as part of the “Beyond Trinity Rep” Community Education movement at the organization. Creative writing, English, and theater teachers are asked by Trinity Rep’s education department to assign a ten-minute play as a part of their classroom curriculum. All completed plays are then submitted – free of charge – to the Write Here! Write Now! competition. Scripts are adjudicated through a blind evaluation process by Trinity Rep’s education, artistic, and literary staff. Each year, four winners are selected with at least one winner from a Providence, RI high school.
Trinity Rep’s Young Actors Studio provides in-depth programming for students interested in all aspects of theater. General acting classes taught by our education staff take place over fall, winter and spring trimesters and focus on different acting techniques, playwriting, improvisation, and scene study. Year-round advanced classes are taught by members of our education staff, resident acting company and artistic staff.