What IS the Young Shakespeare Players?

The Young Shakespeare Players (YSP) is a non-profit theater program founded in 1980 by Richard DiPrima, in which young people perform full-length, original works of Shakespeare, G.B. Shaw, and Charles Dickens. It’s a theater community that encourages collaboration, fosters empathy, and requires dedication and problem-solving.

Who can join the Young Shakespeare Players?

Any young person from about age 7 to 18 may take part—and perform the words and roles of Shakespeare—simply by registering. There are no auditions or rejections. Every young participant receives one or more speaking roles in every production.

When are auditions for the Young Shakespeare Players?

Actually, there are no auditions! Everyone who registers gets a substantial and meaningful speaking role, and develops ability in memorizing and understanding lines, contributing to the collaborative process, and performing on stage.

How do I find out more about the Young Shakespeare Players?

The best way to find out what YSP is all about is to come see a play! All of our performances are free, so there’s no reason not to come see what we’re all about. Of course, you can also browse our videos and photo gallery, check out our Facebook page, or send us an email at ysp@ysp.org.