Youth Programming

Our Youth Programming compliments our Professional Training Series by offering teens the opportunity to train with some of Canada’s premiere theatre artists.  This high quality and accessibly priced programing is designed for 13 to 18 year olds seeking both fun and mentorship from professional actors and youth educators.  

Our first offering for teens was the very popular GhostLight Summer Camp. Here's what people said:







These classes sparked the creativity of live theatre performance in a digital and socially distant format that will be the foundation of a lifetime of enjoyment ... and possibly a career. And now with Summer over the team that ran our Summer Camps is back with the GhostLight Youth Academy.

Youth Academy

Tuesdays, November 3rd to December 8th - 5 to 7pm (EST)

Join us this fall for a once a week deep dive into all things acting. Each week will consist of one two hour session and using text selected in class will focus on practical training followed by rehearsal. The first hour will consist of a weekly topic that builds skill and strives to build up our young artists and provide them with the tools of a successful actor. The second hour will be a group based rehearsal which will culminate in a professional live stream performance for family and friends at the end of the six weeks. The show will be chosen to ensure that all students get to explore complex characters and get equal stagetime in the performance.

We hope you will join us for this 6 week exploration of voice, text, character, and more.

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Week 1: The ABCs and 123s

In our first class, we will be covering some helpful acting techniques that you may not learn in high school. These techniques will become the vocabulary we will be using throughout our six weeks together, and will lay the groundwork for the rest of our learning!

Hour 1: Intro and Acting & Theatre Basics

Hour 2: Rehearsal


Week 2: The Scene Partner: Your Greatest Tool


Here, we’ll dive into the specifics of breaking down a scene. We’ll look at how to approach a scene, from the first time you read it up until performance! We’ll learn about beat shifts, objectives, tactics, and more!

Hour 1: Breaking Down a Scene

Hour 2: Rehearsal


Week 3: Monologues: Not as Scary as They Look


Ah, monologues. They’re so commonly needed (for auditions, showcases, etc) and yet such a difficult and sometimes daunting thing to approach. This week we’ll look at steps for breaking down monologues, making them feel more approachable and making you feel more confident.


Hour 1: Monologues

Hour 2: Rehearsal


Week 4: Tuning Your Instrument


Movement and voice work are two essential components of actor training that are not covered in high school drama classes. Your body is your instrument, and knowing how to keep it “in tune” is an essential tool for an actor! We’ll be going through some voice and movement exercises that you can add to your warm-ups and practice.


Hour 1: Movement & Voice Basics

Hour 2: Rehearsal


Week 5: Your Ideas Matter

Playing characters and saying lines that others wrote is a huge part of being an actor, but a well-rounded theatre artist can create their own work as well! This week we’re going to work on some exercises for writing and theatre creation. Creativity in theatre is essential, and we are going to learn how to harness our ideas and begin creating something from nothing.

Hour 1: Writing & Character Creation

Hour 2: Rehearsal


Week 6: Q&A and Showcase Day!

Our final class will consist of a question and answer period with Canadian theatre artists (and GhostLight co-founders) Graham Abbey and Dylan Trowbridge*. Abbey and Trowbridge have both acted on stages across Canada, in film and TV, and have both expanded their theatre artistry into directing and creation of new work. The second half of our final class will be our Showcase! This will be an invited rehearsal where we will get to present excerpts from the play we’ve been rehearsing in a low-stress rehearsal environment to a supportive Zoom audience.

Hour 1: Q&A with Graham and Dylan

Hour 2: Rehearsal - Showcase

Graham Abbey


Dylan Trowbridge

Meet The Team 

Izzi Nagel is a Toronto-based actor and writer who recently graduated from the Ryerson School of Performance just this year. At Ryerson, Izzi played such roles as Gertrude in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' and Raina in G. B. Shaw's 'Arms and the Man' (both directed by Peter Pasyk). Izzi made her professional debut last summer in 'Anne' with the Guild Festival Theatre, and has acted in various other theatres (and parks!) around Toronto as well. She's thrilled to be working with GhostLight and support the vital work they are doing for our Canadian theatre community!

Jaimie Henderson is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. As a graduate of UofT drama, Jaimie has spent her early professional career working in arts education, and choreographing for multiple Youth Theatre Programs. She has spent four summers at the Stratford Festival as the Head of Staff overseeing their summer Youth programs, and this fall just completed choreographing her sixth show for the youth company Innovative Arts. As an actor Jaimie most recently toured the award-winning production Mixed Messages with Mixed Company Theatre. Other select credits include: Anne & Gilbert (Josie Pye), Grease (Patty Simcox), Legally Blonde (Serena), The Seagull (Nina), and Cymbeline (Imogen.)

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Classes are delivered over Zoom and students should have a Zoom login (non-paid version is fine) and be familiar with the online conferencing program. Students are recommended to have a microphone enabled headset (like those that come with cell phones) to ensure a good audio experience, as well as an open space where they can move and take part in our online workshops. 

Cancelation Policy

We recognize that sometimes plans change and you may have withdraw your teen from our program. Cancellations must be made via email to and at least 7 days before the first day of class and are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations after this date will result in complete forfeiture of fees. No refund, reduction of fees or credit will be granted for missed classes, withdrawal, or dismissal.