Young Core Company

Developing young people as artists and citizens through outstanding experiential theatre training in a context of civic engagement and community building

Young Core Company

The Young Core Company cultivates a professional theatre environment in a culture of fun, inclusion, and supported risk-taking. The YCC welcomes actors, writers, directors, stage managers, and designers.


Fall Session:
Artistic Ambition – from Chaos to Creation
Directed by Shana Bestock
Sundays 3-5:30 pm
September 18 – November 13
Performance: Sunday, November 13 at 7 pm
Our fall production explores the formation of artistic identity (both individual and collective) through theatrical expression

Through curated contemporary script selections and ensemble-developed pieces, young artists can dig in to challenging material with maximum ownership of the process and performance. Along the way we’ll have fun master classes from the ACT Core Company – professional actors, directors, designers, and playwrights eager to share their knowledge. Plus, each YCC member will be paired with a mentor for additional 1-1 relationship and knowledge building.

Winter Session:
Contemporary Play Production – script TBA, chosen by the YCC, and produced in collaboration with a community partner, also chosen by the YCC.
Directed by Shana Bestock
Sundays 3-5:30 pm

January 8 – March 26
Performance: Sunday, March 26 at 7 pm

The YCC continues with a full summer production in the Allen Theatre where we implement and celebrate the craft and ensemble we’ve built over the course of the year. Summer dates will be announced in the winter.

The YCC is directed by Shana Bestock, with direct mentorship from ACT’s Core Company of professional artist-leaders.

YCC is YOUR place to forge and express your identity in creative community!

Register Now for fall!

Who We Are

An ensemble of diverse young people eager to develop craft, connect to others, and push beyond our goals as artists and humans.

The Young Core Company produces exciting quarterly productions. Rehearsals integrate master classes from the ACT Core Company -professional expertise that the YCC can put to immediate practice. Each YCC member is paired with a mentor for additional 1-1 relationship and knowledge building.

There’s open quarterly registration, an easy application, no audition, and all ACT student programs are pay-what-you-choose. We understand this doesn’t alleviate all barriers to access, but we hope it can open some more doors. If you need assistance accessing any part of the YCC, please get in touch.