Youth Theatre

A pre-professional Shakespeare and Audition Intensive


Last summer, the Santa Fe Playhouse invested in its first-ever Youth Theatre Intensive Program. We welcomed young artists, ages 12-17, to experience two-weeks of focused pre-career theatre training that ended with mock auditions and a public performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We are proud to announce this program is part of our 2023 Season and will be three-weeks long.

Students ages 12–17 are welcome to experience a three-week intensive focused on pre-career training in theatre, from audition to performance. Industry mentors lead workshops in audition training, career paths, and acting techniques. During the intensive, students will mount a production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, prepare an audition monologue, have a headshot session, and be enveloped by the enriching art of theatre. Each student will leave with a digital headshot, personalized resume, and having encountered a condensed application of theater from concept to performance.

Location: Santa Fe Playhouse (142 East DeVargas Street) and our Rehearsal Space (1235 Siler Road)

Dates: June 5 -23 

Time: 9 am – 2 pm (with two snack times and lunch)

Price: $1800 Total


The Santa Fe Playhouse believes all of our programs should be available and accessible. If you are in need of financial assistance, we have scholarships and sliding scales available.

Scholarship applications are encouraged from students who identify as members of populations that have historically been denied equity, access, inclusion or belonging in the field and in society, who have been marginalized, underrepresented.

Please email David Stallings (He, They) to learn more. Please do not let the price deter you from participating. We want to make it work.


Active Listening, Inclusion, Empathy, Creating Space, and Community


Program director David Stallings (He, They) will guide students through the play, selection of material, and what to expect in auditions, rehearsal, and performance. They will study text, scansion, voice, and diction, and discover awareness techniques such as “ViewPoints,” which will serve them in all aspects of life. With a core value of active listening, skills will be honed to understand the art of storytelling as a collaborative ensemble. Students will work with a production designer to help build the creative concept of the play that they will develop. Understanding that classic text needs to resonate with their contemporary expression, the students will set the period and purpose of the play, and why we tell this story.

Students will meet creatives who work in the field, from designers to directors, dancers, actors, agents, and more. They will be presented with the many opportunities for expression that can be found in a career in the theater.


Experience in theatre is not necessary. Young artists interested in the performing arts are encouraged to apply. We are committed to diversity and invite artists of all ethnicities and gender identities, as well as artists with different abilities, to submit.