Barter Youth Academy is an innovative theatre education program that teaches students teamwork and creativity in a fun, fast-paced rehearsal environment! This Fall, Barter Youth Academy students will bring literary classics to the stage with our “Page to Stage” Season! Students will learn acting techniques and performance skills while working together on a minimally-produced play for their final demonstration. Whether your student loves dance, comedy, drama, music, or anything in between, BYA’s team of theatre professionals will create an exceptional educational experience tailored to their growth and learning.

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2019 Fall Information:

Pre-Academy Classes (For ages 5 – 7)
Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
Our Pre-Academy students will create a short demonstration of popular stories from the Nursery Rhymes of Mother Goose. Pre-Academy workshops are perfect for young students because they require very little memorization; every class delivers active, high-energy learning.

Elementary Classes (For Rising 2nd – 5th Grade)
The Velveteen Rabbit
Elementary students will explore a scripted adaptation of Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit, a timeless classic about a toy rabbit’s quest to become real through the love of a child. Students will take their imagination on a journey as they explore the world through the eyes of their toys while learning acting techniques and theatre basics to help them bring this classic tale to the stage!

Middle/High Classes (For rising 6th – 12th Grade)
A Wrinkle In Time
Middle/High students will journey through time with one of literature’s most enduring young heroines. Meg Murray and her team of comrades team up to face villainous forces to rescue her father and save humanity, showing that love will always triumph evil.

All Abingdon Classes are located at Barter’s Trigg Street Location (former K-VA-T headquarters)
201 Trigg Street, Abingdon VA, 24210
Pull into building, drive around the back. Entrance is located in back of building where the large parking lot is located.

To Register in Abingdon, please select a class and time.

Abingdon (Pre-Academy 1) Starting September 17th
Every Tuesday: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Abingdon (Pre-Academy 2) Starting September 18th
Every Wednesday: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Abingdon (Elementary 1) Starting September 16th
Every Monday: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Abingdon (Elementary 2) Starting September 19th
Every Thursday: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Abingdon (Middle/High 1) Starting September 23rd
Every Monday: 6:00pm – 8:30 pm

Abingdon (Middle/High 2) Starting September 26th
Every Thursday: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Junior Troupe (For rising 4th-8th graders- or ages 8-11)Starting September 18th
Every Wednesday: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
A Christmas Carol
BYA’s Junior Troupe students will present the treasured holiday classic, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Jr. Troupe is a workshop for students who have significant previous experience in BYA or in theatre. The class covers more advanced acting topics than those in our regular BYA classes, and the Jr. Troupe workshop gets to perform at two Demos. Jr. Troupe is an audition-only program which will hold auditions on mid-August. No late auditions are allowed. For more information on auditions, families can email us at youthacademy@bartertheatre.com.

Troupe (For rising 9th-12th graders- or ages 12-18) Starting June 6th
Every Thursday & Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Around the World in 80 Days
BYA’s Troupe will follow Phileas Fogg as he races against the clock and his own bet in the comedic tale Around the World in 80 Days. Troupe is a workshop for students who have significant previous experience in BYA or in theatre. The workshop covers more advanced acting topics than those in our regular BYA classes, and the Troupe workshop gets to perform at two Demos. Troupe is an audition-only program which will hold auditions mid-August. No late auditions are allowed. For more information on auditions, families can email us at youthacademy@bartertheatre.com.

All Bristol Classes are located at The Paramount Center for the Arts
518 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620
The class entrance is at the back end of the Paramount, not the front entrance, which can be accessed through the Bank Street parking lot off of Shelby Street.

To Register in Bristol, please select the class and time below.

Bristol (Pre-Academy) Starting September 24th
Every Tuesday: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Bristol (Elementary) Starting September 24th
Every Tuesday: 4:30pm –6:00pm

Bristol (Middle/High) Starting September 24th
Every Tuesday: 6:15pm – 8:45pm

All Johnson City classes are located at Shellshead Ballet Co.
308 East Main Street, Johnson City, TN 37601
The class entrance is at the front of the building where the lobby is located.

To Register in Johnson City,please select from the classes below.

Johnson City (Pre-Academy) Starting September 25th
Every Wednesday: 4:45pm – 5:45pm

Johnson City (Elementary) Starting September 25th
Every Wednesday: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Johnson City (Middle/High) Starting September 25th
Every Wednesday: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

All Kingsport classes are located at Kingsport Higher Ed Center
300 W Market St, Kingsport, TN 37660
The class entrance is at the front of the building where the lobby is located.

To Register in Kingsport, please select from the classes below.

Kingsport (Pre-Academy) Starting September 23rd
Every Monday: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Kingsport (Elementary) Starting September 23rd
Every Monday: 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Kingsport (Middle/High) Starting September 23rd
Every Monday: 6:15pm – 8:45pm

What is Barter Youth Academy?
The Barter Youth Academy is a performance-based educational program that allows students of all ages the chance to learn and develop their performance and storytelling skills. Using the acting and rehearsing techniques of the Barter Resident Acting Company, students work through the theatre experience from the audition to the final performance onstage in front of a live audience. BYA provides a safe, positive environment to enhance the abilities for the beginning performer, as well as shaping the talents of the advanced youth actor.

Why should I choose Barter Youth Academy? How is it different from other theatre opportunities?
Barter Youth Academy is an educational program through the Barter Theatre. There are many opportunities in our surrounding communities that allow your student to rehearse and perform; however, BYA is here to help your student grow by learning in an educational environment focused on each individual student, created by our staff of theatre professionals and educators. Additionally, BYA helps augment theatrical and educational opportunities your student might already have through their school or community, so the next time your student goes to an audition, they’ll be well-prepared to do their best and draw on the skills that they have developed in our workshops!
BYA also helps build confidence, self-esteem, and develops a true team mindset. Unfortunately, due to curriculum restructuring, a lot of schools aren’t able to the focus on the performing arts and the many gifts it can deliver. BYA fills the gap, and gives your student a more well-rounded education and experience. Our teachers strive to give each student the attention they deserve, and address their individual wants or needs. Does your student want to feel more comfortable speaking in front of a large crowd? Do they want to learn to think more openly and creatively? Do they want to make more friends outside of school? Time and time again, we have heard parents tell us these are exactly the kind of skills BYA fosters and supports.

How long are the classes?
Our Fall and Spring workshop sessions are 8 weeks long (with an extra week added in Spring to accommodate snow days), and meet once a week after school. Each class will meet for an hour or more (depending on the age group). Summer workshops meet for six weeks, with two classes per week. (Elementary usually meets for 2 hours twice a week during the summer. Middle/High School meets for 3 hours twice a week during the summer.)

What is your absence policy?
To make sure that everyone gets the full benefit of these classes, attendance is crucial to student success. While we understand that prior commitments and emergencies come up, we limit absences to 2 during spring and fall classes, and 4 during summer classes. If this limit is exceeded, then a discussion between the instructor and parent will be held to determine whether it would be beneficial for the student to remain in class.

Where are the classes held?
In Abingdon, VA: The Barter Production and Education Building on Trigg Street.
In Bristol, TN: The Paramount Center for the Arts on State Street.
In Johnson City, TN: Shellshead Ballet Co. on E. Main Street.
In Kingsport, TN: The Kingsport Higher Education Center on W Market Street.

How much are classes?
Tuition prices vary by age group and season. Please select your appropriate class on our registration page to see current tuition information.

Why do I have to pay a deposit?
Because of the growing popularity of our classes, we want to make sure that your student is guaranteed a spot once they register. This deposit locks in their spot in class and you can pay the remaining tuition later.

Are there discounts available?
Yes. We do offer a returning student discount which is available during the first month of registration.

Are there scholarships available?
Absolutely! BYA will never turn a student away due to their financial situation. To apply for a scholarship, select your class and pay the initial deposit, then contact our Director of Admissions Madeleine Bullen at youthacademy@bartertheatre.com

Didn’t find your answer here?
Feel free to contact us at
276-619-3344
or email us at youthacademy@bartertheatre.com

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