Location:165 Front Street East [map]
Phone #: 416 363-5131
Box Office:416 862-2222
Since 1966, Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (LKTYP), formerly known as Young People's Theatre, has been using live performance to validate the common experiences young people encounter as they grow up in an increasingly complex world. LKTYP’s performances are designed to help children and youth identify with the issues they face today and to offer a platform for addressing these challenges in an entertaining way. LKTYP is the largest non-profit theatre company for young audiences in Canada and presents new Canadian plays, innovative works and classics from children’s literature throughout the season. A multi-faceted centre for learning through the arts, LKTYP offers weekend performances for family audiences, integrated, weekday school programs for students, scheduled workshops for teachers and a year-round Drama School.
The more challenging, the more hostile, the more 'isolated within the crowd' our world becomes, the more we need the imaginative power of art to help us interpret the world, connect with each other, and imagine a better future. If adults need this, kids need it more.
When children imagine something, it isn't less valuable or tangible to them because it isn't real. Children can make imagined experience real experience. It is for this reason, we are certain of theatre's ability to have a lasting effect on children's intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual development. Studies support this: Increased cognitive skills, advancement in adaptive social behaviour, expanded communication and problem-solving ability, and decreased racism and delinquency are some of the effects that research has linked to the impact of the arts and arts education on children and youth.
Throughout its 40th season, LKTYP will offer opportunities to help kids grow into enthusiastic, unique and compassionate people -- the kind of people that will make our world an even better place for the next 40 years.