Covid-19 Updates

Since March of 2020 the Covid-19 Pandemic has uprooted everyone's lives. Arts & Culture organizations have especially been hit hard as we navigate stay-at-home orders and a major disruption in our day to day operations. The Fort Wayne Youtheatre is committed to bringing live entertainment as well as educating and engaging not just our youth, but our entire community. 



Our kids mean the absolute world to us, and we would never want to put them in harms way. Please note, that every decision we make is based off the safety of our kids, families, staff and volunteers.


As we all know, there is not much direction in regards to this virus. We are unsure of what will happen come summer and fall time, if there will be another wave, if stay-at-home orders resume or when a vaccine will be released. We are staying optimistic and thus taking a wait-and-see approach to our programming. We are preparing for worst case scenarios but are still hoping for the best.


We realize that trust is extremely important during this unprecedented time. While we can't control the information we are getting about the pandemic and knowing what is fact or fiction, Youtheatre can control how we are adapting and communicating with you all about our organization and programming. We aim to be as transparent as possible so you all can have piece of mind when it comes to participating in Youtheatre activities.

Covid-19 In-person Procedures:



July 13, 2020


  • We're thrilled to announce our Fall 2020 show will be E.B. White's classic, Stuart Little!

  • Auditions will be both in-person &/or virtual. Dates Aug 31st & Sep 1st. Click here for more info.

  • The cast of Stuart Little will be smaller than normal to practice social distancing during rehearsal

  • Rehearsals will be online for the 1st week (table work) and in-person the rest


  • Our Fall 2020 Storybook Show will be The Shuddersome Tales of Poe

  • Auditions will be both in-person &/or virtual. Dates Aug 31st & Sep. 1st. Click here for more info.

  • Our Storybook Rehearsals will be all done online, with the exception of 1

  • The show will be presented as a radio play and do a 1 time, in-person recording with WBOI

  • The Storybook Tour will NOT tour in-person throughout Fort Wayne, but rather we will send the audio recording to groups around town.





June 17, 2020



  • July Musical Theatre Rising Star Camp is cancelled. We are REPLACING with a 1 Week In-Person Camp. We are teaming up with the Fort Wayne Dance Collective & will host an acting/dance camp. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN. Click here for more info!


  • We know you all are anxious to hear what our new season is. We will be rolling out our planned season soon, but it is important to note that due to covid-19, certain restrictions and other factors, show titles are being planned on a wait-and-see approach. If a show is announced, there is still a possibility it could be changed.


  • Registration will be pushed back from our normal July to August. We've pushed registration back to allow us more time to properly prepare for what the fall semester may look like.


June 9, 2020



  • July Musical Theatre Rising Star Camp is cancelled. We are REPLACING with a 1 Week In-Person Camp. We are teaming up with the Fort Wayne Dance Collective & will host an acting/dance camp. MORE INFO COMING SOON!

    • Unfortunately, the singing component for musical theatre will not be a part of the modified camp. Scientifically speaking, singing uses more muscles & breath which therefore releases more particles into the air. This can pose a dangerous threat to the health of our community, and thus we have decided it is in our best interest to not include a singing portion in the modified camp.




May 2020 Updates


  • June Acting Rising Star Camp is cancelled and being replaced to a 1 week online camp - registration is now open.

  • July Musical Theatre Rising Star Camp is being modified. We are hoping to have a full in-person camp. This camp most likely will be 1 week instead of 2, and the singing component may be cut due to CDC data and the dangers of spreading more germs via singing. Wait-and-See approach applies. More info coming soon.

  • All Junior Rising Stars Camps are cancelled. We hope to have free theatre activity packets available for this age group during the summer.



  • Fall Classes still to resume as scheduled. Wait-and-See approach applies

  • If Fall Classes can't be in person, we are working to make them available digitally (similar to our Online Dialect Workshops)



  • All to resume as scheduled. Wait-and-See approach applies.

  • Fall Show may look a little different in regards to auditions, rehearsals and smaller cast/house sizes. TBD.



  • All are on our Wait-and-See approach as the Storybook Theatre is known for traveling throughout our community.

This page is where you can find the most up to date information. If you have additional questions please feel free to email us at We can't guarantee we'll have all the answers at that given time, but will work diligently to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you plan to keep our kids safe during in-person activities? (I.e. Classes, Camps, Rehearsals, Shows?)


We are working to make a comprehensive guide to share with families that will outline specific details regarding safety procedures during Covid-19 and in-person activities. This may include everything from frequent breaks for hand washing, spacing kids a minimum of 6ft apart, having hand sanitizer available upon building entry and other areas, requiring masks, smaller class/cast sizes etc. We are also working in accordance with Arts United policies and procedures as they own the buildings we typically utilize. 

I have already registered and paid for a Summer Camp, what do I do since changes are being made?

If you have previously registered and paid for a Summer Camp we will be reaching out to every one of you via email to present you with options. This can include moving your registration to the modified camp or a new camp, put your payment on account and use it for the future, convert to a donation or discuss eligibility for refunds. *Please note we will be reaching out to everyone once modified camps have been finalized in order to create an easy streamlined process.

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