Where Kids Find Their Voice

YADA® (Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts) has been offering comprehensive theatrical training to youth in Los Angeles for 12 years. Located in the historic Dupree Dance building at W. 3rd St. and Crescent Heights Blvd., YADA offers a safe and exciting environment in which students can learn, grow, and enrich their lives while practicing the skills of theatrical performance.

Classes are delineated based on age (3-17 yrs) and ability (TOTS-Master & Company).  And each class culminates in an unforgettable performance in YADA’s own 99 seat theatre.  This year we have also added Improvisation for kids, to encourage creativity, self confidence and ease any possible anxiety on stage. 

Designers, directors, choreographers, musical directors, stage managers and running crew are all on staff to facilitate the best performance experience for youth in Los Angeles.  Private coaching is also available in voice, acting, and dance.  And for those who wish to work behind the scenes, YADA also offers stagecraft internships. 

The Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts (YADA) is excited to have you as a part of our family. We are pleased to bring you the highest quality theatrical training for youth that Los Angeles has to offer. For the children, we offer spontaneity, enthusias-tic imagination and fun ways to implement personal growth. For the parents, we offer a safe, encouraging, communicative environment for both parent and child. What makes YADA come alive is the unique element that each child brings to the theatre.

kim_laniYADA was created by co-owners Lani Shipman and Kim Harrigan to encourage children to grow as people as well as performers. YADA instructors are trained and dedicated to providing each student with a sense of emotional maturity and self-confidence, while at the same time giving them a quality theatrical experience. Not only do YADA students learn techniques in dance, voice and acting, they learn the basic tools for life: respect for self and others, commitment to a goal and the courage to try their best. They learn not only to find love for theatre, but also to discover love for themselves.

Thank you for choosing YADA, and for joining us on this exciting journey. We are happy you are here!

Sincerely Yours,

Kim Harrigan & Lani Shipman

YADA Owners

Rainer is thriving at YADA and we are so happy to have found such a nurturing, amazing place for
him to learn.

You guys are epic… So amazed by the work and love that goes into each and every production. You help your students grow and shine. You deserve all the applause. We are blessed to be part of the YADA family.

Becoming part of the YADA family has been an amazing experience for David!

Mutual love fest here!!!!

Thank you so much. I have already enrolled Janey for the next season. She tells me that she wants to go to YADA forever!

Skylar absolutely loves YADA and would not think of missing it. I enrolled her the very first day of registration so we should be all set!

Our daughter is thriving and extremely happy in your program!

Thank you again to you, all the teachers and Yada for this opportunity for Lourdes, her heart is so set on this.

YADA Mission Statement

In a city exploding with film and television, The Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts offers theatrical training for the young people of Los Angeles. YADA's mission is to impart a professional theatrical discipline, as well as to offer young people a safe and nurturing environment in which to grow. Besides the training and experience that YADA offers, children are guided in building self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-awareness. At YADA, our students are encouraged to find their own voice and freely express themselves. YADA...where kids find their voice.

Curious about what it's like behind the curtain of a YADA production? Here's a special backstage pass to one of our latest productions of SHREK!...