kids on stage in music rehearsal looking at sheet music and colourful logo in white circle with text that reads Drayton Entertainment's Youth Academy

Our Project, Our Need

"What an incredible program!!! We couldn’t ask for a better experience for our children! They left this program inspired, passionate and more in love with music, dance and theatre than before!!!"

Create. Imagine. Inspire.

Fundraising Goal: $3 million

Create a Home for Community Building & Arts-Based Learning ($2.5 Million)

We will host a permanent Youth Academy at 145 Northfield Dr. W. in Waterloo, by renovating a former industrial space to realize 10,000 sq. ft. of new cultural infrastructure to serve the community. It will include rehearsal halls, classrooms, music rooms, and acting studios, plus access to our adjacent Production Centre for the technical arts, generating thousands of hours of new arts activity every year.

Develop New Youth Programs in the Performing & Technical Arts ($250,000)

We will grow in both size and diversity by implementing a range of programs for young people, including equipment and software, that will ultimately foster a lifelong appreciation for the arts and their vital role in maintaining a healthy, prosperous society. These programs, while developed within the cultural incubator of the Youth Academy, will have a province-wide reach and impact the communities surrounding all of our theatres including Cambridge, St. Jacobs, Drayton, Grand Bend, and Penetanguishene, and many points in between.

Advance Inclusion for Marginalized and Underrepresented Groups in our Industry and Community ($250,000)

We will provide a safe place where youth feel empowered to share their ideas and feelings regarding race, gender, ancestry, language, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, disability, thinking styles, opinions, and life experiences. We must engage this next generation of storytellers and theatre makers, as their growth mindset and distinctive worldview will change the way we see art and provide an impetus for broader societal transformation. To do this, we will implement a Tuition Bursary Endowment Fund to remove the cultural, economic, communication, and physical barriers, which impede participation for marginalized and underrepresented groups, including youth identifying as Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of Colour (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, and Persons with Disabilities.