For over a decade Persephone Theatre has provided training at the highest calibre for a dedicated group of young people who are serious about pursuing a career in the theatre.

Young Company

The young company program provides students with fundamental acting training. We will be offering two terms of this programming again during our 2023-24 season. Both Terms will have a series of professional artist guest speakers from all different areas of theatre. As well as Theatre Critique opportunities in which students will watch 2-3 shows from Persephone’s season followed by in depth discussions. Term 1 (Sept – Dec) will focus on a more traditional style of theatre culminating in a full-scale theatre production (lights, sound, costumes, set, etc.) in Persephone Theatre’s Backstage. Term 2 (Jan – March) will focus on self-created, alternative performance styles that will culminate in a Roving Play- a series of scenes performed in found spaces throughout the Persephone building.

Performance Dates

Term 1 December 7-10, 2023Term 2 March 21-24, 2024(By audition only: to be held June 12 & 13, 2023)

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“Young Company has done a fantastic job in meeting my expectations and providing more. I have been blessed with the opportunity to get to know so many incredible and talented humans. Everyone supports everyone which creates a positive environment for learning and experimenting new things. Through young company I have gained confidence in my abilities and explored different versions of myself. Being with others who truly care about what they do has helped me grow as an artist. For those who are looking for guidance and growth in theatre or perhaps looking to pursue something in the industry Young Company is a wonderful experience.”
– Alida Schulhauser, Young Company 2022-23 Student

Young Company Term 1 show:

THE TRIALS by Dawn King
The near dystopian future. A jury of 12 to 17 year olds must judge the fate of past generations… will they make the cut?12 Angry Men meets The Hunger Games. A tongue in cheek, speculative drama.

Content Warning: Mature discussions, cursing, life or death decisions.
Recommended for: Ages 13 and up.

December 7, 2023 at 7:30PM
December 8, 2023 at 7:30PM
December 9, 2023 at 7:30PM
December 10, 2023 at 2PM

Tickets: Free
Location: BackStage Stage

In our 2023-24 season we are proud to be offering the complete “actors” experience. Students in the first term will be immersed in a traditional theatre production with a set, costumes, lights, and sound – reflecting the experience of being in a play at a professional theatre company. In the second term the students will get a taste of what it takes to be a freelance theatre artist by creating their own unique characters and scenes – this will culminate in a brand new roving play throughout the Persephone Theatre building. Young Company serves as an excellent introduction to the world of professional theatre!

To Audition

Student must submit an application to be chosen for an audition by May 31, 2023.

Auditions will take place June 12 & 13, 2023
Successful auditioners will be notified June 20, 2023

To find out more about Young Company and the audition process please check out Young Company FAQs.

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