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SVCAC’s Young Artists Playground (YAP) Youth Arts Education Program features interactive arts workshops and camps for youth ages 5-14 years old. YAP is dedicated to enriching the lives of local youth through quality arts education and performance based programs. YAP builds visual and performing arts skills through programs that foster confidence, compassion and resilience in students of all abilities. We offer opportunities for youth to develop and share their creative voices. For more information contact: Stephanie Lesh at 818-601-0582

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Young Artists Playground

Summer Theater Camp!

JUNE 19 -  JULY 28, 2023
Mondays - Friday from 10 am to 3 pm
Cost: $750 for all six week & $150/weekly

*Must be enrolled in full 6 weeks to be on stage during final performance week.

Young Artists Playground Summer Theater Camp:

Theater Arts offers children an opportunity to envision, create, set goals, collaborate and have fun! During our 6 week camp, young artists will be creating an original play with our camp instructors to be performed at the end of the camp on the MainStage theater at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. In addition, guest artists in the entertainment industry will be visiting each week to help campers understand all aspects of theater and what it takes to bring a production from their imagination to the stage.


Week One: What is theater? Through theater games and activities with an emphasis on improvisation, this week is all about letting your creativity shine! Special Guest Artist in sound and lighting design will be joining us to show everyone around the space and talk about what happens backstage to put on a production.

Week Two: Story telling. Games and activities geared toward telling and retelling stories in different forms, campers will learn about the various ways we tell stories. Campers will start the exciting process of writing an original play. Special Guest Artist in costume design will be joining us to show campers all about costuming.

Week Three: Character Development. All great theater involves great characters. This week campers will be creating using the process of characterization. Creating characters of our own and using them in various forms of theatrical play. Special Guest Artist in make-up design will be joining us to show campers the special techniques used in creating a character for the stage.

Week Four: Setting the stage. This week is all about bringing stories to life. Campers will be learning about props and putting together set pieces for theater. Special Guest Artist in visual arts will show campers how visual art plays a huge role in theater from building scale models to painting life size set pieces.

Week Five: Music and Dance. This week campers will spend much of the time on music, movement and dance. Learning how music and movement can play a huge part in bringing a show to life. Special Guest Artist in music and voice will be joining us to share tips and techniques of the trade.

Week Six: Putting it all together. Rehearsals for our original play, which will take place on the main stage at SVCAC at the end of the week, will be our main focus. We will be in final tech and dress rehearsals. In order to participate on stage in the Final Show, campers must be signed up for the full 6-weeks.

Sibling Discounts and Scholarships may be available through SVCAC's Share the Arts Program. If you believe you qualify based on income level, please call Stephanie Lesh at 818-601-0582 or email her at

All camp classes will be held in the DownStage Theater at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center,

3050 East Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley, CA 93065

For more information, email or contact Stephanie at 818-945-0967.

Click here to register!

“This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at

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Fall 2023 Saturday YAP Workshops

Sign up your child today to experience creative growth and to develop the tools to express themselves within the arts! SVCAC's YAP program offers weekly Saturday workshops where they will engage in skill building with an expert arts teacher in our community. Let's have fun and work together on growing the next generation of creative thinkers and makers!

About YAP Workshops:  Interactive arts workshops for youth ages 5-14 years old from 10 am to 11:30 am on Saturdays. YAP is dedicated to enriching the lives of local youth through quality arts education and performance based programs.

Saturdays from 10 am to 11:30 am.
Please see below for sessions and pricing.

Workshop 1:  August 5,12,19 & 26 - Origami and Shibori Dying:

In this four week workshop YAP artists will be learning the basics of the tradition of paper folding and origami and the resist dyeing art of Shibori.  Each artists will be able to take home the projects they create during the workshop.


            1: Origami week 1: The art of folding paper

            2: Origami week 2: Making objects with paper

            3: Shibori patterns and design

            4: Creating an original shibori bandana


Workshop 2:  September 9,16, 23 & 30 - Mask making and Puppets:

In this four week workshop YAP artists will learn about mask making and mask making styles, they will also be creating their own found object/recycled object mask. Then YAP artists will be working on puppetry and creating an original puppet.


            1: Understanding masks and mask making styles

            2:  Found/recycled object mask project

            3:  Puppetry and puppet theatre

            4:  Character inspired puppet project


Workshop 3:  October 21 & 28 November 4 & 11 - Improvisation, theatre and  characters:

In this four week class Yap artists will spend the month playing theatre and improvisation games, learn to think on their feet and create a memorable characters to use on the last day of class to create an improvised story with their original characters.


            1: Improvisation and the art of making things up as you go

            2: Theatre games

            3: Create characters

            4: Putting characters into an improvised story

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