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Who We Are


The American Youth Theater, founded in 2018, is a new and novel theater training space in NYC.

Our training is based on the idea that frequent performance opportunity (of quality material) is the best teacher.

Our rigorous foundation of training in the skills you'll need to succeed both in the competitive musical and classical theatrical worlds (keeping in mind that having fun is essential) and in life(!) provides a recipe for an amazing educational experience!

The confidence you'll acquire, the communication skills, ability to think on your feet and perform at your highest level are attributes that are useful in any career, not just on the stage. Come share and grow with us.

About our founders Peter Jones and Erich Rausch :

PETER JONES In addition to working and performing with some of the most innovative Children's & Youth Theater companies in NYC, teaching at NYC public schools P.S. 5 Ellen Lurie, Columbia Secondary School, and in Locust Manor, he has performed in dozens of National, international and regional tours. He is faculty of the Broadway Theater Institute, Michael Chekhov Studio and more...

ERICH RAUSCH created the first vocal classes for pre-teens at The Lee Strasberg Institute and is a recipient of the prestigious Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award. He has been seen in award winning Independat films. He was invited to MusicTheater Bavaria in Germany to teach and direct young adults preparing for careers in American musical theater and opera. more...


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