About Us

Young Actors Workshop was founded in 1990 with the objective "to provide a positive environment in which children can develop theater skills and have opportunities for public performance”.

Using improvisional techniques developed in weekly classes, the students showcase their talents in two performances each year: an event at HMB's annual Pumpkin Festival and the Spring show, an original musical developed by the students during their weekly workshops.

Learn more about the history of Young Actors Workshop.

The 2018-2019 Young Actors Workshop Board of Directors:  

Guliz des Tombe, President

Cindy Handler, Vice-President
Melinda McNaughton, Secretary
Jennifer Lockhart, Treasurer
Jon Handler, Director-at-Large
Melissa Birdwell-Marchi, Director-at-Large

Kevin North, Artistic Director

Fall Pumpkin Festival Event

This year will bring exciting changes for our young actors as we imagine and create a new "spooky" experience for our Fall Performance. 

For 10+ years, at the request of the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee, Young Actors Workshop partnered with the Spanishtown Historical Society to present the annual YAW Haunted House at the Johnston Barn during HMB's annual Pumpkin Festival.

The Barn is now being renovated to house HMB's new History Museum, and Young Actors Workshop is challenged with a new adventure.  What will our actors create?  Be a part of the magic with us!

Since its inception in 1990, YAW provides a valuable community benefit to the youth of the Coastside.  For over 10 years, the students of YAW donned pirate garb and gleefully scared thousands of visitors to our town's famous annual event.  The Haunted House was the primary fundraiser for Young Actors Workshop, and all profits helped offset expenses for the students' spring performance.

Spring Performance

Using the guided improvisation techniques learned during weekly workshops, our young actors weave together the characters they have each developed and create a hilarious, zany, original story.  Complete with catchy songs and crazy antics, the cast present their show onstage - costumes, makeup, lights, microphones and all - for 3 live performances.

While they are having fun, these young actors are also developing creativity, story telling, self confidence, presentation skills, problem solving, and teamwork.