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: the Haunted House 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 YAW.

The 2017-2018 Board of Directors:  

Jennifer Lockhart, President
Morgan Sarabia, Vice-President
Melinda McNaughton, Secretary
Terri Eckert, Treasurer
OPEN, 
Director-at-Large
OPEN, Director-at-Large

Kevin North, Artistic Director



Haunted House

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.

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 have donned pirate garb and gleefully scared thousands of visitors to our town's famous annual event.  The Haunted House is YAW's primary fundraiser, and all profits go towards offsetting expenses for the students' spring performance.




Spring Performance

Using the guided improvisation techniques learned during weekly workshops, students 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.