Phone: (716) 884-4400


Tracy Snyder, Executive Director

Theatre of Youth

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.

TOY’s 2021 Sponsors include Independent Health (Wellness Series), Hamister Family Foundation, National Fuel, M&T Bank, YRoswell, Hodgson Russ, and Owl Orthodontics.  Additional support is received by the City of Buffalo, Erie County, and the Cullen Foundation.

TOY offers education programming throughout the year during the Summer, Fall and Winter/Spring sessions. Workshops are available for children entering kindergarten all the way through high school seniors!  Whether you’re looking for social skill and confidence building or a deeper experience with theatre and performance, we truly have something for everyone!  To stay up to date on our new workshop offerings or to register, visit:
At TOY, we believe in opportunity.  Scholarship assistance is available.