Theatre of Youth

Phone Number: (716) 884-4400


Leadership: Meg Quinn, Artistic Director

Mission Statement
Theatre of Youth Company, Inc. (TOY) stimulates the imagination, nurtures the creative spirit and enhances the education of young people by engaging them in relevant, child-centered, and professionally-produced live theatre programs. TOY believes meaningful childhood experiences in the theatre develop confidence in creative thinking skills, cultivate empathy and establish a life-long connection to the arts.
About Theatre of Youth

TOY was founded in 1972 by Rosalind Cramer and Toni Smith Wilson, theatre instructors at Daemen College.  Initially, TOY was a small touring theatre company that performed in schools throughout Western New York.  After taking up resident in the Pfeiffer Theatre (now the Town Ballroom) and then the Franklin Street Theatre (now the Buffalo Chophouse), TOY found a permanent home in the historic Allendale Theatre.  After fulfilling a 13-year quest to raise $3.5 million the theatre opened in 1999.  TOY is now entering its 46th anniversary season, performing for approximately 30,000 young people and adults each year.


Theatre of Youth (TOY)
Where Imagination Comes to Play
Presents Its 47th Anniversary Season 

Theatre of Youth (TOY) is proud to present its 47th Anniversary Season with six productions, including those based on popular children’s books and a fan-favorite classic holiday production! Performances are at the historic Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen Street, downtown Buffalo. Flex subscriptions are on sale now. Single tickets, starting at $15, will go on sale August 1, 2018.Visit for more information or contact the Box Office at 716-884-4400, ext. 304.

A FLEX SUBSCRIPTION is available now and offers:

* SAVINGS - Up to 25% off single tickets.

* FLEXIBILITY - Purchase a minimum of eight tickets which can be used for any combination of shows, for any performance date, and at any time

* CONVENIENCE - Free exchanges and a Flex subscriber can purchase additional tickets for just $21.

* BEST SEATS – opportunity to choose your seats prior to the general public single ticket on sale. Additional details and order information are available at or by calling 884-4400, ext. 304.

Patrons may enhance their TOY experience this year by purchasing a VIP membership. With a $100 donation to TOY, a family will receive special benefits including a personalized note from the lead character at each show attended, autographed postcard from the show characters of each show attended, guided backstage tours, 10% off TOY workshops, and a discount card to Buffalo area restaurants and arts and cultural institutions. A VIP membership can be added to any ticket order.

The 47th Season at TOY brings plays with important and timely messages of acceptance and self-identity, said Artistic Director Meg Quinn. “We believe that children need and deserve to have their stories told in the theatre; the plays in our 47th Season speak to children about growing up and finding their place in the world.” This will mark Quinn’s 27th year as Artistic Director.

As part of the TOY experience, families will also enjoy a Talk-Back with the cast after all performances.

Sponsors in the 2018-19 season are: Independent Health (Wellness Series), Hamister Family Foundation (Education) The Buffalo News (Media), and Wegmans (Season) . Additional support is received by The Cullen Foundation, the City of Buffalo, Erie County and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Titles, dates and times subject to change.



2018 - 2019 Season


A Charlie Brown Christmas
12/01/2018 - 12/16/2018

Tuck Everlasting
2/02/2019 - 2/10/2019

The Jungle Book
3/16/2019 - 4/07/2019

Dragons Love Tacos
5/04/2019 - 6/01/2019