Pre-Professional Youth Acting Program (PPYAP)

Pre-Professional Youth Acting Program (PPYAP)
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The Pre-Professional Youth Acting Program prepares committed and gifted theatre students age 18 and under for college and/or a professional career. Led by industry professionals who are also working directors/actors, the PPYAP curriculum provides students with extensive training to help them reach their full potential.

New students are accepted into the program by audition/interview only. Acceptance is at the sole discretion of the Encore! staff. The PPYAP admits a finite number of students to its program and accepts only those students who possess and demonstrate exceptional talent and ability in acting as well as a strong work ethic and professional attitude. Current PPYAP students who pass juries at the end of the season are invited to participate the following year without re-audition.

Auditions/interviews are held by appointment only, and may be scheduled by emailing Please bring a completed application, headshot, and resume on the day of your audition, and be prepared to perform two contrasting monologues (comedic/dramatic, classic/contemporary, etc.) that showcases your strengths. The combined length of your monologues must be under 3 minutes.

New students are placed into one of three divisions: Transitional Artists, Junior Artists, Senior Artists.
  • Transitional Artists are actors who may not yet have extensive training and experience yet, but exhibit a strong work ethic, desire to learn, and raw talent that will help them succeed. Transitional Artists are attend three hours of weekly acting classes in the Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions (each session is six weeks long) that will help them quickly make the transition to more advanced classes.
  • Junior Artists (6th-12th graders) are established actors with extensive training and lead/supporting credits who are prepared for a more rigorous course of study. Junior Artists attend three hours of weekly acting classes, designed to challenge them to reach their full potential.
  • Senior Artists (9th-12th graders) are our most advanced students with extensive training and lead credits, who are prepared for our most rigorous course of study. Senior Artists attend four hours of weekly acting classes, designed to prepare them for professional careers or college/conservatory programs.

Students choose from a selection of classes that are typically held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday evenings. The Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions are each six weeks long and end with a showcase performance and/or play production.

Students are evaluated in May to discuss their progress over the year and to set goals for the coming year. PPYAP students also receive one-on-one mentoring and coaching tailored to their individual needs, goals, strengths, and weaknesses. If the student desires, this one-on-one mentoring may also include apprenticeship opportunities in other areas of theatre, including directing, stage managing, light design, sound design, costuming, and more.

Performance opportunities are available to participate in our mainstage productions as well as our youth improv troupe. PPYAP students are encouraged to participate in order to gain stage experience and build their resumes while working on a professional-quality production. PPYAP students often assume leadership positions within our productions, which is a great credit to add to their resumes.

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. In the event that a student is unable to attend a class or will arrive late, he/she is expected to communicate with the instructor in a professional and timely manner. Early departures and late arrivals are considered a half-absence. Additional absences will be considered for students who are cast in professional or other pre-approved productions, and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Participation in Encore! Tulsa’s mainstage productions is highly encouraged, but not required.

Tuition for PPYAP’s 2016-17 season is $1,300 for Transitional and Junior Artists, and $1,500 for Senior Artists. Pro-rated tuition is available for students who join the program mid-season. Tuition includes:
  • Enrollment in required weekly classes for three sessions: Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017. Transitional and Junior Artists attend three hours of classes per week. Senior Artists attend four hours of classes per week.
  • Enrollment in all Audition Workshops through May 2017, which are generally held a few days before each audition for our mainstage productions.
  • One-on-one mentoring/coaching, apprenticeship opportunities, and assistance with actor headshots, resumes, talent agents, etc.
Attendance and minimum enrollment conditions apply. All tuition and fees are non-refundable.

There are two payment options available for the PPYAP’s 2016-2017 season.

OPTION A- Pay in full by September 6, 2016 and receive a 5% discount.

OPTION B- 3-month or 6-month Payment plan: Spread out the tuition across monthly payments. After the first payment is due on September 6, remaining payments are due on the 1st of each month.

Customized payment options are available for students who join the program mid-season.

Merit-based and need-based scholarships are available. Please see the general PPYAP application for additional scholarship information.

Many of Encore’s former students have gone on to do amazing things in their lives and careers. Even our current students are already making a name for themselves right here in Oklahoma. Here’s just a few of those accomplished actors:

Victoria Scott
Victoria is a professional actress currently working in Los Angeles. She has recently appeared on Days of Our Lives, Modern Family, and the Disney Channel’s K.C. Undercover. She played Lily Davis in the award-winning series, Royals, and has worked on numerous commercials. She studied with Encore! from 2009-2012 and performed in many productions, including Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Veruca Salt), The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Susan), Alice in Wonderland (Tweedledee), Wait Until Dark (Gloria), The Jungle Book (Mother Wolf), The Lost Pages of Cinderella (Mischief), and The Lost Pages of Snow White (Evil Queen).

Samantha Isler
Samantha recently co-starred in the feature film, Captain Fantastic, alongside Viggo Mortensen. She also appeared as a series regular in the role of Ellie on the NBC television series, Sean Saves the World, starring Sean Hayes, Megan Hilty, Linda Lavin, and Thomas Lennon. Other feature films include Dig Two Graves and No One Knows. Samantha studied with Encore! from 2010-2011 through advanced acting classes, private lessons, and productions of Alice in Wonderland, Magician’s Nephew, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Nick Conroy

Nick currently resides in Los Angeles, where he works in the entertainment industry as a Cinematographer, Director, and Editor. He has worked on many short films and commercials, most notably Lana Del Ray's latest album, Lust for Life. Nick Conroy started studying with Joshua and Mindy Barker before they even formed Encore!, performing under their directorship in local community theatre productions. He proceeded to study with Encore! from 2010-2011 through various classes as well as productions of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Peter Pevensie) and The Jungle Book (Akela the Wolf).

Trace Burchart
Trace played Tom of Warwick in the Broadway Tour of Camelot and appeared in the film, The Veil, starring Jessica Alba. He was a finalist for the role of Ralphie Parker in Broadway’s National Tour of A Christmas Story. Trace is a current Encore! actor who has studied with us since 2011, when he made his stage debut as Randy Parker in A Christmas Story. Since then, he has played Young George/Pete Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, Michael in Peter Pan, Ralphie in A Christmas Story, and Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh. He has also performed with other theatre companies’ productions of Les Miserables (Gavroche), The Secret Garden (Dickon), and Little Mermaid (Sebastian).

Axyl Langford

Axyl has studied with Encore! since 2011, having played Janie Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, Kitty LePaws in The Lost Pages of Cinderella, and Munchkin Mayor in The Wizard of Oz. Her theatre and on-camera acting classes with Encore! helped her gain valuable acting representation to further her acting career. Axyl is an accomplished singer, having performed a duet with Kristen Chenoweth at Kristen Chenoweth Live! at the Broken Arrow PAC, as well as at the Gianna and Chazz Palminteri Cabaret Showcase at Feinstein's/54 Below in NYC. She is featured in Kristen's new album, Coming Home. Axyl is represented by Magna Talent in Oklahoma.