Are you between the ages of 14 and 18? Are you interested in immersing yourself in the study of theater while co-creating an original performance? Do you enjoy throwing yourself into the creative process with an invigorating group of your peers?

Youth Theater Speak, now in it's fourth year, trains participants to use awareness of themselves and their surroundings to deepen their capacity as actors. Through the course of the program, participants engage in intensive study of theater techniques and work together to create an original performance. Participants learn how to use theater to explore and highlight contemporary issues and communicate with their community.

About the instructors: 

Johannah Blackman, Director

Johannah grew up in the theater and ran a small theater group for homeschoolers during her teen years. She experienced firsthand the incredible power that theater can have in the life of a teenager. Johannah holds a BA in Philosophy and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. After settling in Maine in her late twenties, Johannah stumbled upon New Surry Theatre and began acting in productions (Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Nancy in Oliver!, Marian in The Music Man, Luisa in The Fantasticks, Julie in Carousel, Sabrina in Sabrina Fair, Lizzie in The Rainmaker and Shirley in Shirley Valentine). Johannah has taken acting classes and studied directing with Bill Raiten and made her NST directorial debut with Dancing at Lughnasa. Johannah has over a decade of experience working with teens in camps, music programs, theater and outdoor education. Johannah currently serves as NST's Producing Director.

Nolan Ellsworth, Director Emeritus and Consultant

While he no longer lives in Blue Hill, Nolan is happy to still be involved in YTS. He serves as director emeritus and consultant and joins the YTS Acting Troupe to codirect pop-up performances whenever possible. Nolan graduated from Middlebury College in May 2017 with a major in Theater and English and is currently an education intern with Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine.