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All classes and rehearsals are held at the Helen Hayes Studios: 142 Main Street (rear entrance) in Nyack, NY. Performances take place in different theaters throughout Rockland County including Clarkstown South H.S. and the Antrim Playhouse.

We are located on the corner of Franklin and Main Streets. Look for the parking lot adjacent to the Chinese restaurant. Walk to the back of that parking lot. Our glass door is located at the back of the building.

Please park on the street since parking is not allowed in the parking lot next to our studios. There are plenty of public parking meters available on the streets surrounding our space.

About Us

The Helen Hayes Youth Theatre offers year-round theater classes and performance opportunities for young actors ages 5 to 18 from all backgrounds of theater experience. Our programs take place in our homebase of Nyack, as well as Westchester County, New York.

Our mission is to provide rigorous training in the theater arts while also offering training in life skills such as public speaking, improved focus, social skills, self-confidence and team building under the watchful eye of our staff of highly committed theater professionals.

The Helen Hayes Youth Theatre is guided by the enduring values of Helen Hayes herself – a fierce pursuit of excellence, honesty and integrity; a belief in lifelong learning and the importance of friendships.

Spring Workshop - ANNIE

Ages 5 - 7
Tuesdays 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Rehearsals begin: March 18
Performance: May 11 @ 10:00am
Annie 5-7 (Tuesdays)
Saturdays 10:00am - 11:30am
Rehearsals begin: March 22
Performance: May 10 @ 10:00am
Annie 5-7 (Saturdays)

Ages 7 - 11
Wednesdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Rehearsals begin March 19
Performance: May 11 @ 12pm
Annie 7-11 (Wednesdays)

Ages 8 - 11
Saturdays 11:30am - 1:00pm
Rehearsals begin: March 22
Performance: May 10 @ 12pm
Annie 8-11 (Saturdays)

Rehearsals in our studios in Nyack, NY
Performance at Antrim Playhouse in Suffern, NY
To Register: see above links or...
Phone: (845) 826-2049
Mail: PO Box 395, New City, NY 10956- check payable to NY Youth Theatre

Summer Theater Camp 2014

Spend two weeks are spent rehearsing a full-scale musical. Week one will rehearse in our Nyack studios. Week two will rehearse and perform onstage at the Antrim Playhouse in Suffern, NY. Performances take place on the final Friday and Saturday evening of the program at 7:00pm. The amazing result of these two weeks is a complete theatrical production including a professional set, lighting, costumes and props. Each participant in the program plays a significant part in the show whether they play a leading role, featured role or an ensemble part. We welcome newcomers to the stage as well as seasoned pros. Registration is first come first serve. Auditions will take place on the first day of camp.

Camp for performers ages 8 - 17 runs Monday thru Friday from 10am - 4:30pm and costs $800. Performances on the final Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00pm.

Jr. Camp for performers ages 5 - 7 runs Monday thru Friday from 9:30am - 1:00pm and costs $400. Jr. Final performance takes place at 12pm on the final Friday of camp.

Performers ages 17 - 23: SPRING AWAKENING will rehearse weekday evenings from June 30 - August 7. Performances August 8 - 10.
Audition will take place on June 22.

Spring 2014 Productions

Lollipop Kids

Ages 5-7
TUESDAYS 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Rehearsals begin January 7th
Performance - March 8th, 11:30am
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Ages 8-11
SATURDAYS 10am - 11:45am
Rehearsals begin January 11th
Performance - March 15th, 11:30am
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Ages 5-7
SATURDAYS - 11:45am - 1:00pm
Rehearsal begin January 11th
Performance - March 9th, 11:30am
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Junior Company

Ages 8-14
SATURDAYS 12pm-4pm
Auditions: Saturday, January 18th
Rehearsals begin Saturday January 25th
Performances May 2-4
Workshop Cast

Ages 8-14
Rehearsals begin January 29th
Performance May 4th
(The workshop is a non- audition based cast)
Godspell Wednesday Workshops

Senior Company

Ages 15-18
SUNDAYS 12pm - 5pm
Auditions: January 19th
Rehearsals begin January 26th
Performances May 9-11th

All Performances take place at Antrim Playhouse 15 Spook Rock Rd, Suffern


Thank you for considering an audition at the Helen Hayes Youth Theatre.
We welcome students of all levels of experience and training to audition for our productions. If you feel that you are not quite ready for the audition process, you can register for one of our non-audition workshops or classes and build your skill level there.


HOW TO REGISTER FOR AN AUDITION: Register online for an audition slot by clicking on links at

LOCATION: Auditions take place at Helen Hayes Studios, 142 Main St., Nyack, NY (outside rear entrance)

TIME: The audition will take approximately one hour. Callbacks will take place later in the afternoon on audition day from approx. 4pm – 6pm. We will let you know immediately after your audition if we will need you for callbacks

AUDITION FEE: There is $10 fee to audition. This fee is refundable if you are cast and register for the program. Please pay at the door.

WHAT TO BRING: Bring sheet music to 16 bars of music from any contemporary musical theater or pop song of your choice.

WHAT TO WEAR: There will also be a short dance audition so please wear shoes and clothes that you can move in.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Just like a professional audition, you will first sing your prepared 16 bar song for the director, choreographer and musical director. Our musical director will accompany you while you sing. Then, we will teach you a short dance combination which you will dance in a small group. Don't worry if you are not a dancer, we know that ever performer has his or her strengths. The audition process is our way of assessing which areas are your strongest. After your group dances, we will announce callbacks. If you are called back, we will need you to return to the studios a few hours later and stay for approx. 2 -3 more hours while we work more intensively with you. If you are not called back, you very well might have been cast, but we do not need to hear or see you any more during the audition process. The cast list will be emailed to all those who have auditioned 2 days after auditions.


To Register & for more information:
Phone: (845) 826-2049

Cancellation policy:

  • 75% of tuition paid will be refunded if written notice is received no later than eight weeks prior to session start date .
  • Cancellations received within eight or less weeks of session start date forfeit full tuition.
  • Cancellation requests due to illness or accident prior to the camp session start date require a physician's written verification. Upon receipt of verification, we will issue a full refund
  • Cancellations due to personal reasons, unhappiness with casting etc. will not receive a refund
  • Campers who leave during a session WILL NOT receive a refund