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What is the Young Actors Guild?

McKinney Repertory Theatre's Young Actors Guild (or YAG) was established March 3, 2009 and currently serves over 80 young people in Collin County. The goals of the Young Actors Guild are to show children how important they are whether their endeavors are onstage, behind the curtain, or as supporters of the arts; and to offer this opportunity to all children. YAG is truly run by the members and every show is produced by the youth. Four shows are produced every year. The youth, with the assistance of adult mentors, choose the shows, design and build sets, contribute to stage direction, run lights and sound, create marketing and plan fundraisers, perform in the productions, and manage the front-of-house operations. 

 

When the show is over and the curtain comes down, the youth will be able to take full credit for the success of their production. The theatre experience they will gain is more than some high school students currently receive. Self-esteem, self-confidence, and practical knowledge are the true fruits of their labor.

 

The Young Actors Guild is special in its strategies for giving students a quality experience for low cost. The annual fee for members is 35 dollars, with no additional fees of any kind. Many youth theatre organizations in the area charge ten times this amount. We aim to offer quality theatre to these students with very little expense to their families. When a student feels like they are an important part of a group or ensemble, they develop a deeper sense of responsibility and pride that translates into many other areas of life. Theatre can be a powerful influence, helping our children become future leaders and contribute to the world. Theatre is a gift to the community.

The cast of King Arthur and the Shoppes At Camelot pose for a photo, July 2019

Board of Directors

The Young Actors Guild is led and operated by two Boards of Directors working in tandem to ensure the success of our mission: The Youth Board handle day-to-day tasks and make most decisions about the direction of the organization, while the Adult Board advises and mentors the Youth Board, as well as handling financial matters and other issues that require the assistance of a legal adult. YAG elects its Youth Board by membership vote each year, and the Adult Board members are appointed by majority vote of the Youth Board.

Youth Board Members
President: Connor Lewis

Vice-President: Stephanie Divoky
Treasurer: Ellie Kelley

Secretary: Izzie Kelley
Head of House and Hospitality: Jaci Ussery

Head of Fundraising: Tori Arciniega

Head of Publicity and Promotion: Eleanor McCalpin

Member at Large: Office Vacant

Adult Board Members

President: Julie McCalpin
Vice-President: Michelle Divoky

Treasurer: Tabathia Kelley
Secretary: Michelle Patti
Head of House and Hospitality: Bekah Ussery
Head of Fundraising: Francesca Fansler
Head of Publicity and Promotion: Mark Fansler
Member at Large: Office Vacant

Our Generous Sponsors and Supporters 

Sponsors

 

Kaitlin Guthrow

Mimi Sterling

Jake Correll 

Tina Sanchez 

DeeDee & Collin Lynn 

Julie & Michael McCalpin 

Kimberly & Sean Teeling

Denese Berardesco  

Dr. Terry Scott 

Dr. Donna Kobrin

Sam & Jean Wadsworth

Whitney Williams

Shari Fahey 

Jeff & Michelle Divoky

Steve Geissinger 

Sweetwater Cabins

Neiman Marcus

Just for Kids Dentistry

McKinney Repertory Theatre

D&S Custom Woodworking

Smith Thompson Home Security 

Skrumpalicious Cakes

Print Right

McKinney North Drama Department

Workshop Leaders

Lindsey Humphries

Kenneth McCalpin

Linda Eicher

Stephanie Divoky

2020-2021 Directors

 

Lena Eccles

Bekah Ussery

Kenneth McCalpin

Katie Borg

Ushers

Vicki Ireland

Tina Sanchez

Tabby Kelley 

Michelle Patti 

Kimberly Teeling

Rebekah Ussery

Rhoda Christie

Mary & Jerry Geissinger 

Bonnie Cox

Parker Kemp

Luke McCollough

Kathy Snyder

Jillian Sparks

Alyse Hurd

Kyley Sanchez

Jaci Ussery

Angel Vargas

Gavin Teeling

B Teeling

Emma Balfay

Robert Patti

Alyssa Patti

Emilee Wesson

Nico Ashore

Anita Glover

Les & Marsha Ireland

Yasmine Evang

Stacey Ambroziak

Ana Lozano

Jordan Lough

 Dan Trahan

Hayley Strain

Alessandra Baxter

Michele & Bradley Crabtree

Emma Philips

Kieran Noel

Olivia Fortune

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