Michelle Bahr

Michelle Bahr - Managing Director

Michelle Bahr is thrilled to be working with the Northwest Youth Theatre! She holds a music education degree and MM in conducting from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and has been involved in children’s art education for her entire career. Michelle has directed numerous musicals in the public school and community theater settings and is committed to making the theatrical process a positive experience from auditions to opening night. Currently Michelle also teaches music at the German International School of Portland. She resides in Rock Creek with her husband and two wonderful children, who, she hopes, will inherit the musical theater bug as well!

Lois Lents

Lois Lents - Founder

Lois Lents has been involved in the field of children’s theatre since college. After completing her degree in theatre, she began working with young people and has taught creative drama, and acting workshops for kids in Kansas City, Mo, Dallas, TX, Orange County, California, Portland, Oregon and Klamath Falls, Oregon. She has also directed a wide variety of main stage productions of such favorites as “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, “Schoolhouse Rock, Live”, “Cinderella”, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” and “A Thousand Cranes.” However, it is Lois’ commitment to arts programming for children that has led her to found Northwest Youth Theatre.

Lois Lents

Karli Winters - Consulting Advisor

Karli Winters is first and foremost a mom, with a big background as a performer, musician, and theatre instructor. She has been performing onstage since the age of six, and worked with Lois as an apprentice instructor during her high school and college years. In addition to her work with children’s theatre, she directed a variety of productions and melodramas. Karli minored in Music at the University of Puget Sound, before going on to get a Masters of Arts from the College of Education at Seattle University. She looks forward to continuing her work in the performing arts and loves teaching younger students.


Northwest Youth Theatre is an Oregon Not-for-Profit 501(c)3 Corporation. Its purpose is to provide education and experience in the performing arts to children regardless of their past experience or training. It was founded by Lois Lents in Portland, OR in 1995, and offers youth a variety of performing opportunities, through after school and summer day camp programs for children from preschool through high school. NYT classes are filled without requiring students to audition — we believe that by working on performance skills and team-building activities in the rehearsal process, every group of young people can produce an excellent program. In addition, NYT policy is that no child will be denied access to our programs because of inability to pay. Contact us for information on tuition assistance.

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