YACOS [Youth Arts]


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Are you a youth writer aged 13-21?
The Youth Arts Council of Surrey is accepting submissions for the one act play competition on October 26, 2019
Cash prizes, Audience Choice Award and the opportunity to have your work performed in the Newton Cultural Centre ‘BLACK BOX’ Theatre!
Email youthartscouncil@gmail.com for application form and more information

Two Summer Programs For Surrey Little Theatre To Feed Your Acting Bug!

Surrey Little Theatre: Cue to Cue Youth Drama Camp – Youth Summer Camp with Linda McRae, actor, director, writer and teacher with over 20 years of experience leads the Cue to Cue Summer Drama Camp. Kids delightfully dive into their creativity and imagination while building confidence and self-esteem through free expressional use of costumes, hats, props, role play, improvisation, mime, mask making and scripts. | Ages 6 – 11 yrs | Jul 8 – 12, 10am – 3pm | Surrey Little Theatre, 7027 184th St. Surrey | surreylittletheatre.com

Surrey Little Theatre: Teen Theatre/Improv Boot Camp – Teens will take a hilarious quest into the unknown where anything can happen in the twilight zone of improvisational theatre. They will build confidence quick thinking and wit while collaborating together with peers in impromptu scenes and scenarios. A portion of drama camp week will have teens exploring all aspects of theatre including set design, makeup, sound and lighting tech and stage managing to develop an appreciation for all the roles that make community theatre tick. | Ages 12 – 16 | Aug 12 – 16, 10-3pm | Surrey Little Theatre, 7027 184th St. Surrey | surreylittletheatre.com

YACOS: A Year In Review


Opportunities such as continuing auditions or Calls To Artist that have no deadline.


We are the Youth Arts Council of Surrey (YACOS)! We are a volunteer arts group run by youth for youth, and it’s our goal to create opportunities for young people in the arts. We provide these opportunities throughout the year through large-scale events such as talents shows, play-writing competitions, film festivals and fashion shows.

All of our members and participants are 13-21 years old, and either live or go to school in school in Surrey, BC. The Arts Council of Surrey (ACS) is our parent organization who provides us with a safe meeting space at the Newton Cultural Centre. The ACS provides us with a mentorship program and services to support our artistic endeavours.

We work on many annual projects such as a playwriting competition [Write On!], City-wide talent show [Surrey Shines!] a talent showcase [Canvas Coffee House], and a fashion show [Y.E.S. Runway]

By working on the youth council, we have the chance to discover who we are, to meet people from other backgrounds and to learn exciting new skills. At the same time, the events we organize are the perfect opportunities for Surrey youth to show off their talents to the community.

YACOS is currently working to provide opportunities for young people to become actively involved in the local Surrey Arts community. Our Youth Coordinator, an experienced Mentor from the Arts community, works with us to develop programs by and for youth. In 2004 the major community theatre project “Let Me Sing” raised enough money to help get us started.

The way we work is: Surrey’s youth provide the ideas and proposals, and then we get together with mentors in the community to make it all work.



Amrit, Chair
Shubi, Vice Chair

MEMBERS: Wendy, Himadri, Fareed, Bakhtiar, Min Jy, Linda, Gurmehak, Tina, Pam, Simmie and Maro

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We welcome all questions you may have about the many benefits of becoming a YACOS member. Please call us at 604-594-2700 or email us at youthartscouncil@gmail.com.

Please fill out form and send to:
By Email: youthartscouncil@gmail.com
By Mail: 13530 72nd Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3W 2P1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/youth arts council of surrey


When the Arts Council of Surrey established YACOS they knew that ‘experience is a great teacher’ when it comes to the Arts and the business of the Arts. To this end, the ACS set up a Mentorship program that young artists can tap into when creating work or producing events and fund raisers. Today YACOS enjoys an incredible synergy with a number of leaders in the business, municipal and arts communities.

Lyn Vera-Lay

Petra Barker [Guildford Town Centre]
Beth Barlow [Chief Librarian, City of Surrey]
Catherine Bayley [School District #36]
Glen Chua and Tim Reyes [MOONLiTE Productions]
KC Gilroy [Former Coordinator]
Barb Gould [Writer]
Jarnail Singh [Artist]
Chris Thornley [Thornley Hayne Creative Communications]
Barb Wolfe [Surrey Arts Centre]

Paula Cooper,Kiran Dhillon, Trisha Dulku, Jaspreet Kalsi, Gurinder Kalsi, Winnie Liu, Lynn Vo, Isuru Withanage, Tina Yang and Tony Yang