Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company (YPTMTC) is a performing arts company devoted to bringing quality and professional level theatre to young adults in the Bay Area. Sponsored by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, and supported by Friends of the Company (FOTC). Members range in age from 13- 19 and are selected by open audition only.
Founded in 1984 by Diane Price. YPTMTC offers quality instruction in drama, voice, acting, dance and technical theatre. Nurtured by a team of professional instructors and passionate artistic staff, we strive to give inspired individuals the opportunity to experience musical theatre at a professional level, while building self-esteem and creating a safe and encouraging environment. YPTMTC stages 3 major productions a year, community service performances, summer workshops, and master classes. Members of Company are not charged monetary fees during the school year and pay a nominal fee for the Summer Programs.
YPTMTC draws a wide diversity of young adults from many different middle schools, high schools, and ethnic backgrounds. Company members grow and learn artistically and individually, and create new and lasting friendships. Whether studying theatre recreationally or in pursuit of a career, we provide training and life skills to be successful on stage and beyond. Many alumni of the Company are continuing to study theater, dance and music in college and have been cast in professional productions.
About the Founder:
Diane Price was quite literally a born performer. She made her first appearance onstage before she was two years old. She took dance lessons from Betty May in her early years but moved on to study with Stanley Kahn in her early teens to focus on Tap Dance. She began appearing on local TV while she was in high school. A San Francisco native, Diane studied theater arts and received her bachelors degree from the University of California in Berkeley. Diane performed professionally onstage for more than 20 years especially at the Opera Ring in San Francisco. She also performed at the legendary nightclub the Hungry I in San Francisco. In the early 1980’s Diane began teaching Tap for the Drama and Dance division of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. After becoming familiar with the programs offered by the department, she put together a plan for a musical theatre program for children and teens. Shortly thereafter Young People’s Musical Theatre Co was born. (“teen” was added later). And so it has continued- hundreds of shows, and hundreds of teenagers – many of whom credit the Company with playing a formative role in their development. With the development of Friends of the Company, ( a non-profit that produces all the Company’s shows), Diane retired in 2005.