SAF Young People's Theater

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Since 1999, the historic Sheridan Opera House has been home to the Sheridan Arts Foundation's Young People's Theater (SAFYPT), a diverse and flourishing center for young thespians that enrolls more than 250 children between the ages of two and 18 each year.

With an emphasis on child-centered learning that caters to each student's individual needs, our curriculum ensures an educational process that nurtures both cognitive and creative growth.

SAFYPT upholds the philosophy that dramatic learning experiences should be non-competitive, and we do not require our students to audition. Young people at varying levels of ability and experience are invited to embark upon extraordinary journeys of wonder, discovery and imaginative delight.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation has awarded more than $144,000 in scholarship awards to Telluride's youth since the program's inception. Additionally, we subsidize all tuition prices to keep them affordable for all families.


Meet our SAF Young People's Theater Artistic Director Leah Heidenreich

Leah Heidenreich is beyond thrilled to be in her fourth season as the SAFYPT Artistic Director! Leah has over 15 years of experience both directing and music directing children's theater, as well as working as a choreographer, private voice coach and music instructor. After receiving her BA in musical theater from The University Of Northern Colorado, Leah spent several years in New York City as a performance artist, a music director and as a children's theater coach. Leah has extensive experience with children from infancy through high school and has a huge passion for exposing theater to kids of all ages. An advocate for non-competitive children's theater, Leah adamantly believes that theater crafts cognitive skills, as well as self-confidence, team-work, public speaking and many other attributes that set a child up for well-rounded adulthood. SAFYPT caps each class to ensure that each participant receives ample stage time and one-on-one with directors. Leah hopes to see your child's name on a SAFYPT roster this year!

Thank you to our Young People's Theater donors!

The Soules Family

The Murphy Family

The Wagner Family

The Hatcher Family

The Stotlar Family


Telluride Properties

Madeline Hotel

Telluride Outside


Bettie Hastings

Durfee Day

Kiersten Stephens

Robert Lincoln

Ellen Metrick

The Palamar Family

Ted Joens

Katherine Borsecnik

The Chaffin Family

Janice Gerona

Casey Graves


During our landmark 20th Young People's Theater season, we were able to raise enough funds to purchase head microphones to outfit each child for every musical! However, our work as a non-profit is never done. If you would like to contribute to the Sheridan Arts Foundation in general or specifically to Young People's Theater, please click here.