NEW Summer 2020 Virtual Theatre Programs

Our virtual classes are FREE because our alumni enjoy sharing their knowledge with the RIYT community! Please consider making a modest donation to RIYT using the Donate button at the bottom of this section.

Use the form below to sign up for one or both courses.

On-Camera Acting Techniques (VIRTUAL via Zoom) with Jennifer Daly & Kelly Hooper

Ages 12 and Up. Class is limited to 10 students to enable sufficient coaching time for each student.

July 7, July 14 & July 21.  1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

“We are so excited to be coming back to RIYT–where it all began–to teach On-Camera Acting Techniques together!” — Jennifer and Kelly

  • Students will have an opportunity to choose from a selection of monologues, sides, and commercials provided by the instructors.
  • The instructors will coach students during the first two sessions. Final performances will be recorded over Zoom during the third session and then distributed to each student,  individually.


Theatrical Make-Up, A Three-Part Video (VIRTUAL) Series with Bryn Martin

Beginning Monday, July 13, Bryn will post one short video per week.  Students can practice the techniques on their own, and then submit work to Bryn for review at the end of the week.

Says Bryn, “I am thrilled to be teaching this online course. I love makeup and I miss RIYT dearly. I can’t wait to see what you all create through this course!”

Learn about the basics of stage makeup, hair/wigs, and character makeup.

Class one: Basic stage makeup. Bryn will talk about the importance of stage makeup and then go through a basic stage makeup tutorial. Kids can follow along and submit a photo where I can then give them feedback.

Class two: Hair & wigs in theatre. Bryn will talk about the difference hair can make when transforming into a character. She’ll also discuss different time periods and how hair and makeup styles have differed over the years. She’ll then demonstrate the best techniques for curling hair, using pins, shaping eyebrows, and using hair gel correctly.

Class three: Character makeup, SFX, & face paint. Byrn will discuss examples of shows that use character makeup/face paint (Wicked, Lion King), and SFX/ prosthetics (Shrek, Beauty and the Beast, and Phantom). She will then provide a makeup/face paint tutorial, using the example of a popular character from a popular musical. She’ll send a blank face drawing that the kids can either follow along with my tutorial or create a look for another character from a musical of their choice. They can also do these looks on their faces, but she will send out the blank face drawing to everyone in case some kids don’t have access to makeup.

July 2020 Virtual Workshops

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A Message from RIYT Executive Director Ann O’Grady

After 32 years of running summer theatre programs for youth, we must suspend our in-person 2020 summer camp programs. We’ll issue full refunds to all who registered.

We look forward to reopening in the future, once state guidelines indicate that it is time for us all to gather together again.  Until that time, I invite you to use our Facebook page to share your songs, dances, videos, photos, artwork, designs, and stories. This space is yours. Let’s stay connected and support one another. I can’t wait to see what you post here. And I can’t wait to reopen when the time is right!

Lots of love,
Ann O’Grady, executive director, Rhode Island Youth Theatre
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Ann O’Grady
Executive Director, RI Youth Theatre

P.S. If you missed the WPRI-12 Eyewitness News story about RIYT alum Liz Gotauco’s “Quarantine Cosplay”–written by WPRI News Anchor/Reporter and RIYT alum Kim Kalunian–you can find it here:

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Rhode Island Youth Theatre Policies

  1. Students will not be allowed to attend a casting, rehearsal, or workshop session until they have filled out all forms and paid in full.
  2. All registered students will be cast in scenes throughout the show.
  3. Full refunds are provided until one day prior to the program start date. No refunds will be offered on or after the program start date.
  4. Requests for full or partial scholarships should be emailed to the Executive Director at least two weeks prior to the start of a program. (Please see scholarship details below.) When sibling discounts are available, the discount details will be listed in registration materials.
  5. All RIYT programs are nut-free zones. Due to food allergies, participants should not share food or bring in food for the cast or staff.
  6. Absolutely no photography or videography is allowed at our shows. When RIYT is able to purchase a video license, RIYT will provide a free recording to each student’s family.  In accordance with copyright laws, this recording is for personal use only and may not be posted on the Internet.

Additional Information About RIYT Scholarships:  Who Qualifies?

As a general guideline, participation in the free or reduced lunch program at a school qualifies participants for scholarship assistance. RIYT acquires all its money for scholarships through donations made to our annual fund and ads placed in our program booklets. RIYT welcomes the participation of all families attending our programs in acquiring donations and ads. RIYT is only able to provide scholarships up to the amount that we raise in scholarship donations. We will respond to all scholarship requests one week before a program starts. RIYT asks each family to request scholarships for no more than one program per season.

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Ann O’Grady, Ph. D., Executive Director
Rhode Island Youth Theatre (formerly Fantasy Works)  |  401-447-0458 |
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