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:




April 6, 2020

Covid Procedure Updates for 2021 Summer Camps

Thank you all for your patience while we worked on updating our policies & procedures for the upcoming 2021 summer camps. We know a lot of you have had questions and we hope these new guidelines answer your questions. 


CLICK HERE to see new guidelines.


*Masks & social distancing are no longer required but are still encouraged.  



April 6, 2020

Mask Update for Classes/Camps

Dear Academy Parents,


Youtheatre is committed to educating, engaging and entertaining young artists in a fun and safe environment.  As Indiana transitions from a Mask Mandate to a Mask Advisory, the Arts United Campus, home to our Academy classes, will be maintaining current mask and distancing protocols through June 1.  Therefore, the procedures we've  relied on for a successful and healthy semester to date will continue through the end of this semester, May 8. 


As we continue transitioning into "new normals," stay tuned for the most up-to-date info relating to future programming, including THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE (performed at the Embassy Theatre May 1 & 2) and our wide variety of Summer Camps.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Executive/Artistic Director Todd Espeland at the Youtheatre office Monday- Friday. 


Thank you for being members of the Youtheatre family.

November, 23, 2020

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe Cancelled

We are sorry to say that our production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe that was to be held at the Embassy theatre on Dec. 11 & 12, 2020 has been cancelled. This decision has been made as a result of the latest social distancing guidelines for theatrical venues and our concern for the health and wellbeing of our audiences, cast/volunteers and staff.


We are still planning on presenting The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe in spring of 2021. We are evaluating our scheduling options to find an appropriate time to present the show, and should have an announcement soon. Keep your eyes on our website and Facebook page for an announcement of new dates. We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

If you bought tickets for this show, refunds will be given at the original point of purchase. Any refund request could take up to a month to process due to the Embassy being a Ticketmaster venue, and are non-transferable. We do apologize for any inconvenience. If you have questions, please call the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy at 260-424-5665.

Unfortunately, The Lion, The Witch and Wardrobe does not have legal rights to be recorded/livestreamed at this time. We understand the disappointment, but it can be a lengthy process for both licensers and licensees. Hopefully in the future, these rights can become available. 


Youtheatre will not be going away this holiday season. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a lot of the original cast of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and produce a radio play adaptation of Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. This radio adaptation of Dickens beloved story will be available by donation in December for you and your family to download and enjoy.

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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