Michael Gatzendorfer: Director/Program Coordinator
Melissa Glastetter: Producer/Program Coordinator
The goal of the BARC Youth Theatre Program is to give every student the opportunity to participate in a true theatrical experience, no matter what their experience level may be. Our program is directed by Michael Gatzendorfer- the program’s founder. Mike was the Senior Education Programs Manager at Proctors in Schenectady for the last seven years. Sadly, due to the pandemic all of that changed and for the last year he has been working at Malta Avenue Elementary School as the computer lab specialist. Mike is also excited to be finishing up his masters degree which he started ten years ago in secondary education with a concentration in Social Studies and Theatrical Directing and Design. Mike has been directing for the last 18 years all over the capital region, including numerous productions for SLOC. He has spent the last 20 years working with students of all ages, helping them explore & appreciate every aspect of theater.
This program is for students entering 4th grade through to June graduates. It runs from May through August. Registration opens in early March and closes mid April. Auditions are held at the end of April, and rehearsals are afterschool on Mondays & Wednesdays in May & June, with a more extended schedule in July & August. The production is the second and third weekend in August. The cost of this program is $90 per student for cast members and $45 per student for crew members, with a multi family member discount applied for more than two siblings registering.