SAF Young People's Theater



Since 1999, the historic Sheridan Opera House has been home to the SAF Young People's Theater, a diverse and flourishing center for young thespians, enrolling more than 250 children between the ages of 2 and 18 each year.


With an emphasis on child-centered learning that caters to each student's individual needs, our curriculum ensures an educational process that nurtures both cognitive and creative growth.


The SAF YPT upholds the philosophy that dramatic learning experiences should be non-competitive, and we do not require our students to audition. Young people at varying levels of ability and experience are invited to embark upon extraordinary journeys of wonder, discovery and imaginative delight.


The Sheridan Arts Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarship awards to Telluride's youth since the program's inception. Additionally, we subsidize all tuition prices to keep them affordable for all families.


Meet our SAF Young People's Theater Artistic Director Leah Nikula

Leah is so thrilled for her second year as the Artistic Director of the SAF Young People’s Theater. The support of this program from not only parents and kids, but also the community of Telluride is incredibly evident as we prepare for our 20th season of YPT here at the Opera House! A huge advocate for non-competitive children’s theater, Leah passionately believes in the importance of immersing the next generations into performance art, giving every child an opportunity to shine, take risks and shape cognitive skills that they will carry with them through the rest of their lives. YPT has some exciting classes and shows planned for this milestone season, and we hope to see your amazing child on the roster for this school year!

Please click here to learn about our 20th anniversary fundraising campaign to purchase wireless microphones for our kiddos.