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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.

Helen Hayes Youth Theatre
Fall 2015 Programs

For more information:
Phone: (845) 826-2049

Mainstage Productions:  Cost $400. Audition required. Meet once a week for 4 – 5 hours. Larger cast size. Some participants will play leading roles, some will play ensemble roles. Mandatory tech week entails rehearsals Monday through Thursday evenings prior to performance weekend with 4 shows. Full production professional production elements including set, lighting and costumes. $10 audition fee paid at audition. Fee will be refunded if you are cast and register for production. You must register for an audition online at We will send you audition requirements after you register.

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is a celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway. Featuring a variety of ensemble and star roles, big splashy production numbers and Frank Loesser’s brassy, immortal musical score.

Rehearsals: Saturdays 11am – 3pm
September 26 – November 14
Tech Week - MANDATORY: November 16 – 19 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Performances: November 20–21@7pm, November 20-22@3pm

Rehearsals: Saturdays 2pm – 6pm 
Sept 26 – December 5
Tech Week - MANDATORY: December 7 – 13: 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Performances: December 11–12@7pm, December 12-13@3pm

Rehearsals: Sundays 12pm – 5pm
September 27 – November 21     
Tech week - MANDATORY:  November 30 – December 3
Performances: December 4–5@7pm, December 5-6@3pm

Musical Theater Dance for Beginning Dancers
Successful musical theater performers need to be triple threats! You gotta sing, dance and act!!! We are offering this one hour class before rehearsal each week specifically so that beginning or non-dancers can develop their dancing skills. Focusing on the essential dance styles of ballet, jazz and modern, this class will develop your dance vocabulary, technique, and performance skills
Ages 7 – 12: Saturdays 9:45am – 10:45am: October – December 5
Ages 7 - 12: Saturdays 12:45pm – 1:45pm  October 3 – December 5
Ages 13-18: Sundays 10:45am – 11:45am October 4 – December 6

Tuition: $100

WORKSHOPS: Cost $350. No audition required. Meet once a week for 90 - 120 minutes. Small cast size offers each participant a role in the show. Focus on performance with a final performance at Antrim Playhouse in full costume and minimal set and lighting.

GUYS AND DOLLS Workshops – Ages 7  to 13
Tuesdays: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $350
September 29 – December 1
Performance: Sunday, December 6@12pm

KUNG FU KITTY – Ages 4 – 7
We're casting kittens, puppies and ninjas and more! Join us for the world premiere of Kung Fu Kitty, our original pop musical featuring an adorable story with lots of fun roles for everyone.

Saturdays: 10:00am – 11:15am
Cost: $330
September 26 – November 21
Performance: November 21@12pm

Tuesdays: 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Cost: $330
September 29 – November 17
Performance: November 22@12pm

PHONE: (845) 826-2049

Fall Audition Workshops

Learn how to put your best foot forward in the casting room.

Enroll in one of our AUDITION WORKSHOPS to learn how to bring your A-game to the casting process. A strong knowledge about the audition process, positive self-image, and a positive attitude are just a few crucial lessons students will learn through the workshop to leave powerful impressions at auditions.

Each small group will walk through a mock audition process and receive guidance, advice, and notes on standing out from the crowd and making the most of each audition opportunity.

Location: Helen Hayes Studios 142 Main Street, Nyack, NY
Maximum 6 students per session
Cost: $30 per session

Ages 10 – 17:
Group A: September 16 : 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Group B: September 17 : 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Group C: September 18: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Ages 8 – 13:
Group D: September 18: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Please bring in your own sheet music in the correct key. Prepare 16 – 32 bars from the musical theater song of your choice. Please contact our office to set up a private coaching session with a vocal coach if you do not have sheet music or know what you would like to sing.