About Us


Yaggers at McKinney's 4th of July Parade, 2016

McKinney Repertory Theatre's Young Actors Guild (or YAG) was established March 3, 2009 and currently serves over 80 young people in Collin County. The goals of the Young Actors Guild are to show children how important they are whether their endeavors are onstage, behind the curtain, or as supporters of the arts and to offer this opportunity to all children. YAG is truly run by the members and every show is produced by the children. Four shows are produced every year.  The children, with the assistance of the adult mentors, choose the shows,  design and build sets, contribute to stage direction, run lights and sound,  create marketing and plan fundraisers, perform in the productions, and manage the front-of-house operations. 

 

When the show is over and the curtain comes down, the youth will be able to take full credit for the success of their production.  The theatre experience they will gain is more than some high school students currently receive.  Self-esteem, self-confidence, and practical knowledge are the true fruits of their labor.

The Young Actors Guild is special in its strategies for giving students a quality experience for low cost.  The annual fee for members is 35 dollars.  Many youth theatre organizations in the area charge ten times this amount.  We desire to offer quality theatre to these students with very little expense to their families.  When a student feels like they are an important part of a group or ensemble, they develop a deeper sense of responsibility and pride that translates into other areas of life.  Theatre can be a powerful influence, helping our children become future leaders and contribute to our world. Theatre is a gift to the community.


Youth Board Members
President: Jimmy Teeling

Vice-president: Forrest Lynn

Secretary: Isabel Thierry

House and Hospitality: Christina Sexton

Fundraising and Committees Emmeline Johnson

Publicity and Promotion: Avery Burns

Member at Large: Jake Scott

Website Overlord: Kenneth McCalpin

Adult Board Members

Executive Director and Founder: Jake Correll

Adult President/Treasurer: Sheri Thierry

Artistic Director: JR DeLaney