June 4-15 2018

Come join us for a wonderful 2 weeks of immersion in all things acting related culminating in a stage performance of Aladdin Kids!

About Young Actor's Institute (YAI)



To fulfill the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of 10- to 14-year-old artists in our local community, by providing a theatrical program that demonstrates a professional level of customer service with reliable, up to date, and emerging performing art techniques.



In July of 1988, Bob West, Youth Performing Arts School Principal, asked the founder, Clint Vaught (1948-2011) to develop a theatrical program that would be available to the community. After recruiting 5 teachers and enrolling 55 students in the initial class, the Young Actors Institute was born. The program has since grown and quickly evolved into a labor of Mr. Vaught. After losing a dear friend and colleague in the fall of 2011, the Youth Performing Arts School pledged to continue on with Mr. Vaught's dream. In his memory the program was renamed, Clint Vaught Young Actors Institute.

Current Director:

Nikki Gregory




Past Directors:

Rachel Hughes 2016-2017

Nalia Bauer-Kondas 2012-2016

Todd Parker 2011-2012
Clint Vaught 1988-2011

What to expect

Come join us at YAI this summer where students 4th to 8th grade have the opportunity to learn Acting, Dance, Voice, and Production from industry professionals as well as put on a full scale musical. On the first day of camp, students will take part in a low-stress group audition (no need to prepare anything) in order to be cast. On Day 2, we'll begin rotating through classes where students will learn the basics of Musical Theater Dance, Acting Theory, Scenic Design, and Music Theory while also rehearsing for our show. In the afternoon, all students will join the director, choreographer, and music director onstage for an "all-call" rehearsal to put everything they've learned in class on the stage. By the end of 2 weeks, we'll have completely learned a full production ready to perform. On the final day of camp,there will be 3 public performances of our show so that parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends can come see how hard their student has worked! Additionally this will be a great opportunity for parents to learn about the admissions process and some of the majors YPAS has to offer. We hope to see you there!

Program Dates

June 4-15 2018     8:30AM-4:00PM  (Drop off 8:00-8:30  Pick up 4:00-4:30)
* Due to Jefferson County Public School inclement weather make up days, dates and time of camp may change.

Registration Costs

Registration for YAI 2018 is $360

This includes two weeks of tuition, a stage makeup kit, a camp T-shirt, a production fee, and 1 comp ticket to one of our final performances of the show.





Tech Production

Final Performance June 15th

This year, YAI has been refocused to culminate in a final performance featuring each student who participated in YAI. 



Additionally, each show will begin with a brief information session hosted by a YPAS faculty member and the YPAS Director, Ms. Melissa Case. This session is a great opportunity for parents to learn more about the curriculum and departments at YPAS and our admissions process.

Daily Schedule (example)

DAY 2-6: Tuesday, June 13th- Monday, June 20th Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
Drop Off 8:00-8:30 Drop Off Drop Off Drop Off Drop Off
1st Block 8:30-9:30 Acting Production Music Dance
2nd Block 9:35- 10:30 Dance Acting Production Music
Lunch 10:35-11:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Rehearsal 11:30 - 2:00 Rehearsal Rehearsal Rehearsal Rehearsal
3rd Block 2:05-3:00 Music Dance Acting Production
4th Block 3:05- 4:00 Production Music Dance Acting
Pick Up and Staff Meeting 4:00 - 5:00 Pick Up Pick Up Pick Up Pick Up

* Due to Jefferson County Public School inclement weather make up days, dates and time of camp may change.

Phone Numbers

Youth Performance Arts School, Main Office   (502) 485 - 8355

DuPont Manual, Main Office                             (502) 448 - 2851


Youth Performing Arts School
Attn: Clint Vaught Young Actors Institute
1517 South 2nd Street
Louisville, KY 40208

Located two blocks north of the University of Louisville (UofL) campus.


What to Bring

  • Students will be dancing in Dance class and painting/ creating in Production class. Please come dressed in appropriate attire and be advised that you might get a little messy.
  • Socks or dance shoes for Marley dance floor (no street shoes)
  • Lunch (no refrigeration or food services provided, microwave available)
  • Backpack (no lockers available)
  • Your creativity!

Attendance and Accountability

We understand that scheduling issues arise. We ask to please identify any scheduling conflicts during registration. If the attending artists will be unable to attend or leaving early during the program, we ask to please send a note notifying the program office.

Refund Policy

  • Questions About YAI