RLT has experienced enormous growth since its beginnings in 1936. As one of the oldest continuously operating community theatres in the country, RLT holds a significant place in the Triangle arts scene offering entertainment, education and outreach programs year-round.
Beginning its 79th season, RLT showcases 10 productions a year, with more than 150 performances. Raleigh Little Theatre received the 2012 Community Theatre Award from the North Carolina Theatre Conference. We have also been awarded 12 “Best in the Triangle” awards from Spectator Magazine and The Independent Weekly, including the 2011 INDY Award for “Best Live Theatre”.
RLT was named the “Best Children’s Theatre” by Carolina Parent Magazine and was honored with the 2002 Constance Welsh Theatre for Youth Award by the North Carolina Theatre Conference. Previously, our Education Program had received the “Leadership in Theatre Arts” award from the North Carolina Theatre Conference as well.
The Education Program is beginning its 26th year. We offer year-round instruction for students ages 5 to 18, an initiative supported by two full time staff, along with adjunct faculty. More than 850 students enroll each year in classes, camps and workshops. These are offered onsite at the Raleigh Little Theatre Complex, at the Apex Halle Cultural Arts Center and in eastern Wake County.
The goal of Raleigh Little Theatre’s Education Program is to provide high quality theatre arts instruction in a safe nurturing environment. Raleigh Little Theatre is dedicated to the belief that theatre training promotes self-esteem, builds confidence, stimulates creativity, sharpens communication skills, fosters an appreciation of team work, raises cultural awareness, celebrates diversity, encourages respect for self and others and lays the foundation for a lifelong love of the arts. The study of theatre not only trains students to be better actors, it inspires them to be better people.
Enrollments: Send in the registration form (PDF)
Need help deciding which classes are appropriate for your interested child? Call Linda O’Day Young or Kathleen Rudolph and they will be happy to answer your questions. Contact details on our staff page.
General information for enrollees and parents
Faculty who's who
Classes for youth ages 5-12
Classes for teens ages 13-18
Classes run in Apex (Note: do not use the RLT registration form for these classes)
Classes run in Wendell New!
Classes by specific age:              
All core classes
All performance classes
All specialty classes
All Spring Break camps
Download the full 2014-2015 Youth Education Program brochure (3.5 MB PDF)
RLT is supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, with funds from the United Arts Campaign as well as the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
RLT is funded in part by the City of Raleigh, based on recommendations by the Raleigh Arts Commission.
RLT wishes to thank the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Davidian Youth Education Endowment, The John William Pope Foundation and the Raleigh Kiwanis Foundation.
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