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Welcome to Young Company!
The Western Stage offers as many programs for as many age groups as possible.
We expect the highest standards of artistic excellence and professionalism, even from our youngest members. We believe in preparing young artists to develop the stamina, confidence, and ambition that will not only help them “grow” up through the ranks of the company, but will give them an advantage in anything in life they wish to pursue. We view our young Company Members as future Western Stage professionals and future stewards of the arts.

Young Company Needs A Home!

Since the loss of the Cabaret Theater aka Salinas Women’s Club in 2005, our Young Company programs have been without a dedicated space to meet, rehearse, play, and perform. With the Music Department, Theatre Arts & Cinema, The Western Stage, and outside groups sharing The Hartnell Performing Arts Center, the Young Company has been forced to significantly reduce its program due to lack of available space.  For any leads on possible “homes” for our Young Company to build its program and continue its work, please contact the Managing Artistic Director Melissa Chin-Parker (

Explore Our Hands-on
Theater Opportunities for K-12

40 activites in 15 days taught by professionals, guarantees an unforgettable summer.
Get up close and personal with what happens backstage during a performance.
Help young performers in SPARK! camp.
Try out for a show and experience what it's like onstage.
Mentored by TWS professionals and guest artists, with positions in production, costume & scene shop, and administration. 

Touring Programs

Outreach Programs for Schools

Student Matinees

Teacher Training

Community Partnerships

Over the years, partnerships with organizations such as Artists Ink, the National Steinbeck Center, the Alisal Center for the Fine Arts, the Watsonville JACL, and various school districts extends TWS’ reach into the community by providing consultation, special performances, or program development in Theatre.

For more information Contact the Managing Artistic Director.

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