Want to create an original dance, song, play, poem, or video?

Join us for the YOUTH PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL coming to the Northampton Center for the Arts

The inaugural Youth Performance Festival (YPF) will showcase the work of young artists (8-18 yrs old) in the disciplines of theater, dance, music, poetry, and video. Young artists will be paired with mentor artists in their field, and over the course of 6 weekends, the mentor artists will help to guide the young artists in the creation of original work to be shared with the greater community. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Valley Performance Playground, the Festival will be held February 8-9, 2020.

Important Dates

Thursday, October 10, 7:00-8:00pm, Sunday, December 8 1:30-2:30pm: Information meeting for interested mentor artists

Sunday, December 8, 2:30-4:00pm: Orientation session for youth participants and families

Saturdays, December 14, January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 1:00-4:00pm: Open rehearsals with youth and mentor artists

Thursday, February 6 - Sunday, February 9: Tech/dress rehearsals and festival performances

Are you interested in sponsoring YPF as a business or an individual? We need your support! Please contact Kelly Silliman at for more information.

Are you interested in being a mentor artist? Attend our information session on October 10, or email Sarah Marcus at

All other inquiries, please email Sarah Marcus at!

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Participant registration begins December 8, 2019: