About Us

...Let the Play Begin!

Tree House Youth Theatre was created in 1988, and was the brainchild of Richard O’Brien who was head of the Theatre Arts Program at Red Deer College (RDC) in Red Deer, Alberta. The aim of our program is to build theatrical interest and foster skills in the young people of central Alberta. 

The mandate of Tree House is to create meaningful theatre that challenges not only our performers and technicians, but also our audiences. We teach the industry standard in theatre performance and stage craft, by utilizing the mentorship of professionals working in the Alberta theatre industry. 


We offer programming, for youth in central Alberta between the ages of 6-17. From September to December we work on a full length play or musical. From January to June, we work on a one-act festival, which is directed, performed, stage managed, and designed by our participants. In the summer we offer workshops and summer camps. 

Tree House Youth Theatre is a not-for-profit charitable organization, creating extraordinary theatrical experiences for young performers in central Alberta.

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Our Team

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Albertus Koett

Artistic Director


Oversees overall artistic direction of THYT, runs the 13-17 Devised and Production Programs.

Writer and director of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes theatre series.


Nicole Leal

Associate Artistic Director


Nicole runs all programming for ages 9-12, and is the main THYT summer camp facilitator.

Artistic Director of Improv Jelly. THYT A.D. from 2015-2018, and stage manager in 2021.


Braden Guido

Technical Director


As Technical Director, Braden manages the stage craft portions of our program. 

Stage Manager for THYT from 2018-2019.


Gwendolyn McCagg

Costume Designer


Gwendolyn maintains all of the THYT costumes, teaches the craft of costume design, and oversees the costumes design of our programs.