Young People's Theatre Company, Inc. was founded in 2004 offering, with no registration fee, young people aged 14-21 the opportunity to experience the magic of theatre. In 2005, a collaboration started between YPTC and the Michigan City Area Schools, YPTC received their non-profit status and added the expertise of Stan Holdcraft as their resident director. In May of 2011, under the direction of Becky Tiedeman, YPTC established YPTC Jr. for students aged 7-14. In 2017 YPTC Jr. was restructured and YPTC Kids was created to highlight younger actor. In 2019 the YPTC board created The Holdcraft Players for people 20 and over. They are proud to now have four acting companies. YPTC, for those aged 14-21, YPTC JR, 11-14, YPTC Kids, for those 7-11 and The Holdcraft Players for those 20 and over.
Young People's Theatre Company is happy to call the Holdcraft Performing Arts Center their home. The Holdcraft Performing Arts Center (HPAC) is located near the historic Elston Grove and Uptown Arts District. The building sits on the site of the former Elston Junior High School which later became Elston High School, and is now the former Elston Middle School. The facility originally opened in 1981 and has since had various lighting, sound and rigging renovations along the way. In early 2015, an agreement between the Michigan City Area Schools and Young People's Theatre Company was initiated, giving YPTC control of the venue. In 2016 the facility was renamed in honor of Stan Holdcraft, a former long time teacher and theater director at the high school, who was instrumental in the theater renovations and shared his love of theatre with decades of students. In addition to YPTC's regular performances, the venue is host to concerts, lectures, recitals, live theater and more. Holdcraft Performing Arts Center (HPAC) is located near the historic Elston Grove and Uptown Arts District. The building sits on the site of the former Elston Junior High School.
To unite young people from throughout Northwest Indiana in a setting that cultivates not just a love of theatre, but also an awareness of the opportunities available for young talent in the area and to promote fellowship and long-lasting friendships between young people of all backgrounds.
Young People's Theatre Company strives to be Northwest Indiana's premier theatre company offering high quality theatrical productions with no registration fee, enabling all young people in the community, the opportunity to participate.
YPTC Board of Directors