From musical theatre to Shakespeare, the Seattle area has lots to offer budding actors, directors, producers and set designers. And these drama classes aren’t just for the kids who love to put on plays in their living room; they’re for all kids who want to build life skills like self-confidence, public speaking, empathy and teamwork. Take your seats and click through the gallery for our roundup of Seattle’s best drama schools.

Bellevue Youth Theatre

BYT has something for everyone – from acting to set design, to lighting and costume (no experience required). Budding thespians not only get to enjoy some fantastic theatre camps, but they can also take part in one of BYT's main stage productions. (Psst...kids need to audition but a part is guaranteed!). Kids perform in fun productions that are entertaining for the whole family - from Aladdin to A Midsummer Night's Dream and all performances are held at BYT’s brand new theatre in Bellevue.

Good to Know: Participation in BYT’s stage productions are FREE to Bellevue residents.

Box Office: Camps and productions are available for ages 8 and older. The under 8 set can participate if a parent/guardian remains with them the whole time.

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16051 N.E. 10th St.,
Bellevue, Wa 98008
425-452 -7155
Online: bellevuewa.gov/BYT.htm

photo: Marc Studer

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— Helen Walker Green