The Young Artists Conservatory (YAC) is a unique summer intensive that offers conservatory-style training to Houston-area middle and high school students.

The Young Artists Conservatory is a conservatory-style program that educates young artists, inviting them to discover the possibilities of the theater industry. Students will build community with their peers while learning from top Houston teaching artists in workshops and masterclasses. This pay-what-you-can program will foster a sense of belonging to empower the future stewards of the American theater.

Pay What You Can!

Stages recognizes the need for accessible educational programs; No one will ever be excluded from The Young Actors Conservatory based on their financial capacities. Additionally, we recognize that in order to provide Houston youth with the quality of arts education they deserve, fiscal investments in the arts and arts education must be made by our community.

Arts education has an intrinsic value. Each student will take the skills they learn down whatever future path they choose. Families choose to pay whatever is comfortable for their circumstance, whether that be the full tuition amount ($1,100 HS / $350 MS), zero dollars, or anything in between. No questions asked. All financial arrangements will be kept confidential.

High School (July 1–27, 2024)

A month-long intensive set in our brand new, state of the art performance center The Gordy. Packed full of masterclasses, workshops, and special instruction based on students’ individual goals, High School YAC students will explore the various fields of artistic study culminating in a presentation at The Gordy.

Applications have been extended through April 15, 2024.

Middle School (June 24–28, 2024)

This arts education program comes in a smaller dose for younger students. Middle school YAC will introduce students to the world of theater making by exploring performing, writing, and production. A short presentation will follow the week-long program on Friday, June 28, 2024.

Applications have been extended through April 15, 2024.

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