About Us

About Us

YPPC admits students of any race, color, gender identity, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students.

Our History 

In the spring of 1982, Young People’s Performing Company (YPPC) was established as a non-profit organization by Jeffryn and Ty Stephens. Its mission was to offer young people, spanning from kindergarten to high school, the invaluable opportunity to immerse themselves in the dramatic arts, both in teaching and performance. 

Now, with over 40 years of dedicated service and more than 1000 successful productions under its belt, YPPC continues to foster a vibrant community where aspiring young actors and directors can explore and learn about the world of theater. Annually, YPPC brings to life more than 25 productions, featuring a minimum of two captivating musicals. 

Since 1985, the Durham Arts Council's WTVD theater has generously provided YPPC with class, rehearsal, and performance space, which plays a vital role in underpinning our program's annual expenses. Many of our students have gone on to audition for and participate in college and university theater programs and conservatories, with some ultimately pursuing careers as professional writers, directors, actors, and technicians, like our own Jessica Horstman Sabatini. Learn more about our new Artistic Director by clicking: Staff.