The Daily Youth Theatre is a theatre education program that uses theatre as a tool to strengthen citizenship and personal growth while teaching a strong and diverse base in the theatre arts.
Citizenship and Personal Growth
We believe in encouraging our campers to be productive members of the community. The Auditorium is a hub of community involvement, so campers automatically are participating in their community while they participate with the Daily Youth Theatre. Our camps are designed to use theatre as a tool to grow campers’ skills in teamwork, creativity, self-worth, confidence, and communication. Campers that master the aforementioned skillsare well on their way to becoming great performers, and great community members.
A Strong and Diverse Base in the Theatre Arts
Our year-round theatre programming is available to all children interested, regardless of their skill level or financial situation. Through the use of tealented and professional teachers we not only perform theatre, but we build theatre experiences.
Beyond Youth Theatre
Beyond the youth of the community, DYT works closely with the area school districts to help provide access to the professional season at the George Daily Auditorium. We also have an internship program that is designed to give real world experience to high school and college students interested in teaching theatre as a career.
The George Daily Auditorium employs its own full-time Youth Director and a dedicated teaching staff to work with the campers at the Youth Theatre. We have some teachers that are guest artists that have worked around the country in their field, while others are young professionals just starting their teaching career and have some of the brightest new ideas in the theatre world.
Andy McGuire, Youth Director and Lead Teacher
Andy McGuire grew up in Boone, IA and he earned his B.A in Theatre from Central College in Pella, IA. Since graduating he has taught with many theatre companies in the Midwest, including companies based in Des Moines, Chicago, and Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Outside of his work at the Daily, Andy is a co-creator and artistic consultant with the Des Moines opera group, Opera Eight. He also helps out with the Oskaloosa Community Theatre and the theatre department at William Penn University.
Kaitlyn Graves, Lead Teacher
Kaitlyn is a recent graduate of William Penn University with a teaching degree in secondary education and currently works as a lead teacher of the Daily Youth Theatre program and as Administrative Assistant for the George Daily Auditorium. Kaitlyn has been involved in theatre for many years, from acting to working behind the scenes. Her experience as a teacher have made her an invaluable member of the George Daily team.
Allison Lingren, Lead Teacher
Allison has her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Lincoln, Nebraska. She has made a living working around the country as an opera director and has taught with many companies in the Midwest, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Des Moines Playhouse.
Makaelynn Manning, Summer Counselor
Makaelynn is the newest member of the teaching staff with the Daily Youth Theatre. She is a sophomore at William Penn University. She moved here from Olympia, Washington where she has worked with the Capital Theatre.