Participation in theater arts builds self-confidence and encourages personal development. Below find theater companies and groups that work with youth. Also contact local schools and college theater departments for more opportunities to participate. For a list of North State performance theater venues see the Theaters: Performing Arts category.
Birdcage Theatre; Oroville. Training & education for both young people & adults in the performing arts. http://www.birdcagetheatre.org. 1740 Bird St. (530) 533-BIRD.
Blue Room Young Company; Chico. Blue Room Theatre’s educational youth program for ages 3-18 is dedicated to providing children & teens the opportunity to experience performing arts through classes, workshops, camps & public productions. Scholarships may be available. http://www.blueroomtheatre.com. 139 W. First St. (530) 895-3749.
Chico Theater Company; Chico. Dedicated to producing quality youth theater for ages 4-18, using the performing arts to inspire, educate & entertain audiences of all ages. Offers theatrical experiences that are culturally, generationally & socially diverse. http://www.chicotheatercompany.com. 166-F Eaton Rd. (530) 894-3282.
Not Your Garden Variety Theatre Company; Chico. Geared for children & teens with autism, running as a six-week summer program, helping ages 4-17 learn new ways to express & interpret emotions, build friendships, & strengthen group participation skills. Learn more at northstateparent.com/NYGV. (530) 897-0300.
StageCoach Youth Theater; Paradise. Students ages 6-16 explore the creative process in a theatre arts program offered by Theatre on the Ridge, the oldest California community theater north of Sacramento. Basic & advanced classes build skills in acting, music & dance while promoting self-expression & collaboration. http://www.totr.org. 3735 Neal Rd. (530) 877-5760.
Arts For US Program; Redding. For children & teens on the autism spectrum to express themselves through the performing arts. Run by Harris Studios. Learn more at
http://www.northstateparent.com/ArtsForUS. 3067 Victor Ave. (530) 515-7151.
Harris Studios; Redding. Offers quality theater instruction for all ages & abilities. Experiences in arts & culture include acting, dance, music, scriptwriting, singing, recording & more. http://www.harris-studios.com. 3019 Victor Ave. (530) 515-7151.
Kids Unlimited; Redding. Ages 7-18. Develops dignity, character & a sense of belonging in young people through the performing arts of music, dance, drama & professional-level performances.
http://www.kuia.org. (530) 710-9767.
The Redding Arts Project; Redding. Offers children & adults performing arts education in theater & dance. Home to the Redding Theatre Company & Redding City Ballet. Talents flourish in an atmosphere of artistic expression & collaboration. thereddingartsproject.com. 1726 Market St. (530) 245-1019.
SOUTHERN SISKIYOU COUNTY
Red Bluff Performing Arts Centre; Red Bluff. Professional instruction in hip hop, ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical & competition, musical theater & voice. Welcomes students with special needs & students who are deaf or hard of hearing. http://www.redbluffperformingartscentre.com. 1325 Vista Way. (530) 255-4180.