UPDATE: Most YTI classes are now full. Registration for those classes has been suspended. Check YTIYonkers.org for new classes and offerings.
Yonkers Public Library (YPL) is pleased to partner up with Youth Theatre Interactions (YTI) to help enrich the lives of young people through the arts.
For their Spring 2021 season, YTI is offering a diverse curriculum of afterschool and weekend virtual arts coursework, ranging from ballet and hip-hop dance to playwrighting and songwriting.
Below is a listing of the upcoming courses, which begin on Sunday, February 28.
Advanced registration is required. YTI courses cost $25 per student. Once registered you can participate in all course sessions, which will run weekly through the Spring. If the cost is not an issue, we recommend that parents of interested youth register through the YTI website.
However, for those that require financial assistance, YPL is pleased to “sponsor” students for YTI so they can enroll for free. To register for free through YPL, complete this registration form.
Spring 2021 Courses
Rhyming Workshop, Mr. Bill Irwin
Sundays, 5pm, February 28-March 28
Hone your skills and performance in YTI’s special, one-time masterclass with Bill Irwin in the art of Rhyming! View the video invitation here.
Instructor Bio: Bill Irwin (Rhyming) is an actor, director, writer, and clown. His original works include The Regard of Flight; Largely New York; Fool Moon; Old Hats; The Happiness Lecture; and others. His theater credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Goat, Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and ON BECKETT (an evening of passages from Samuel Beckett’s work). Television appearances include FX’s Legion, HBO’s Confirmation, This Is Us and Mr. Noodle in Elmo’s World. His film credits include Rachel Getting Married, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Eight Men Out, and INTERSTELLAR. His work has been honored with Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Barrymore, and Helen Hayes Awards. He is also a recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright, MacArthur and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.
Acting I, Ms. Traci
Saturdays, 12pm, Starting March 6
Hit the virtual stage to practice your theatre skills and learn more in YTI’s fun drama circle for ages 6-12!
Acting II, Ms. Traci
Tuesdays, 5pm, Starting March 2
(Ages 13 -19)
Hit the virtual stage to practice your theatre skills and learn more in YTI’s fun drama circle for ages 13-19!
Instructor Bio: Traci Timmons is a graduate of the Northwest Actors Studio Conservatory Program in acting, where she later taught and served as Program Director. She is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Thespian Arts Program, specializing in arts in education, as well as being Co-Artistic Director of The Family Repertory Company, and an Associate Director and Hall of Fame Performer for Darknight Productions. She has worked professionally as an actor, singer, director, producer and teacher throughout the tri-state area and done educational tours here and in Western Washington. She loves being a part of the incredible team at YTI, as her greatest joy is sharing her talents with young people and seeing them shine onstage.
Playwrighting, Mr. Sam
Mondays, 5pm, Starting March 1
Bring your stories to life from the page to the stage in this course designed for aspiring playwrights! View the video invitation here.
Instructor Bio: Samuel Harps (playwrighting) interned at New York’s New Dramatist, studying with noted playwrights August Wilson and Charles Oyamo Gordon. He was later accepted as a member of the prestigious Negro Ensemble Company playwright’s program. Samuel’s first major production Don’t Explain was staged at New York’s famed Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe. The explosive drama on the death of trumpeter Lee Morgan went on to receive seven AUDELCO Awards, including best play and playwright. Samuel also received The Arts Council of Rockland County Executive Award for Literary Artist. New York productions include; The Paul Roberson Theater, The National Black Theater, The Billie Holiday Theater, Theater for the New City, Theater Four, Duality Playhouse, and HERE Theater. Regional productions include; Rutgers University, (Newark) The Christina Cultural Arts Center (Wilmington, DEL) The Painted Bride and Bushfire Theaters, (both in Philadelphia) EXIT Theater, (San Francisco) and Vision Theater, Los Angeles. Samuel is the founder and artist director of Shades Repertory Theater and past Artistic Director of the Haverstraw Youth Theater.
Songwriting Circle, Mr. Nev
Wednesdays, 5pm, Starting March 3
Join YTI’s songwriting circle to develop your voice and share your songs in this new peer-workshop setting. View the video invitation here.
Instructor Bio: Neverson Cadesca, or Nev is a neo soul artist who’s been a working musician since 2014. He has several thousand streams on current streaming services, like Say Something and No More. His instruction will cover songwriting, stage presence, breathing techniques, and vocal coaching.
Ballet, Ms. Chelsea
Thursdays, 5pm, Starting March 4
Perfect your form in YTI’s rigorous ballet class open to all levels!
Jazz, Ms. Chelsea
Fridays, 5pm, Starting March 5
Have fun on a Friday night in YTI’s jazz dance class!
Hip-Hop Dance, Ms. Chelsea
Saturdays, 11am, Starting March 6
Dance to the hip hop hits in this YTI course for ages
Instructor Bio: Chelsea is a Yonkers native, and grew up training right here at YTI! Most recently, she danced in Memphis: The Musical at Gateway Theatre in Long Island and prior to that she was a Production Dancer for Norwegian Cruise Line. She danced as a Knicks City Dancer where she performed every night at Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous arena. She has appeared in music videos and commercials and worked with Jennifer Lopez, Run DMC, Cee Lo Green, Ian Eastwood, Brian Friedman, and Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Additionally, Chelsea has performed on the “Harry Connick, Jr. Show” and on “Ellen” where she met and performed with former First Lady Michelle Obama. When she’s not dancing, Chelsea is also a fitness model and can be seen in various fitness apps, workout videos, and other fitness/social platforms.