The Journey to The Kids’ Table

Apply to be part of Rising Youth Theatre’s season-long project!

 

Some are Beginning (our 1st production)

Some are Beginning (our 1st production)

When we started Rising Youth Theatre, almost 5 years ago we built the company around the following mission,

To create youth driven theatre that is riveting and relevant, challenging audiences to hear new stories, start conversations and participate in their communities.

In support of this mission, we have worked with some amazing community organizations to create powerful theatrical experiences – ranging from plays like Disengaged where we partnered with Genesis Academy to explore the high school dropout rate in our state to Shipwrecked created in partnership with youth in foster care to Fandom about the ways young people engage in fan culture.

But as we’ve been creating plays over the past four years, we have come to a few big realizations

Light Rail Plays 2016

Light Rail Plays 2016

 

We’re passionate about making the plays we produce accessible. This is true of how we make the plays. But as we produced plays inside of traditional theatres, we realized that it wasn’t always true of our performances. Our experiences creating The Light Rail Plays over the past three years helped us understand that we needed to push our work outside of traditional theatre spaces and explore what it means to invite our community to participate in new ways

We don’t want to make major decisions – decisions about what we create at Rising Youth Theatre, or how that art gets made – if there aren’t young people in the room, being part of that decision. We always involve young people in the work that we create, but to really meet the needs of our mission and the vision of our company, young people need to be part of the decision making process

As a result of this, when it came time to plan our next season, we decided that it couldn’t happen with just our leadership team alone in a room. We brought together a group of artists, both youth and adult, who are committed to Rising Youth Theatre, and spent several hours together over the course of multiple meetings. During that time we created the concept for our year-long project this year, The Kids’ Table. This project will interrogate the idea of a “kids’ table” and the way that we so often separate young people out from allegedly “adult” conversations. While there are many major issues in our community that impact youth (our education system, race and class, immigration, so many more), it is surprisingly rare that we ever hear directly from young people when these issues are discussed. Tis project will ask the question – “what might happen if ‘The Kids’ Table’ became a space where youth were not separated out, but integrated into the center of these dialogues, asking questions all over the city and creating are that continues the conversation across generations. Starting as community dialogue and culminating in a full production in May of 2017, we are eager to see what comes out of this cross-generational experience.

Season planning

Season planning

What we dream about for RYT

What we dream about for RYT

2016 Company Meeting

2016 Company Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For all of the artists, both young people and adults who have worked with us before, and those who are new to our process  – we hope you will consider joining us for this adventure! There are a few different ways to get involved:

 

How to get involved

      • Attend Company Meetings. Throughout the fall, Rising Youth Theatre will host a series of company meetings to keep you updated on the project and the larger vision on the company! These will be held in our space at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. Events will be held every second Saturday (October 8, November 12, and December 10). 

How to get involved: Email Ashley (Ashley[at]risingyouththeatre.org) to make sure you’re on our mailing list, follow us on facebook/twitter/Instagram, and keep an eye out for invitations and updates

Time commitment: Drop in basis – up to you!

      • Attend Community Events. Throughout the fall, Rising Youth Theatre will host a series of community events! These will be held in spaces across the metro area. Join us and see what the Kids’ Table core ensemble has been creating. Anyone is welcome to attend these events and be part of creating this project, and you can attend as many as you like / are able to.

How to get involved: Email Ashley (Ashley[at]risingyouththeatre.org) to make sure you’re on our mailing list, follow us on facebook/twitter/Instagram, and keep an eye out for invitations and updates

Time commitment: Drop in basis – up to you!

 

      • Audition to be part of the production. Eventually, The Kids’ Table will become a full length play that we will produce for public audiences. We will open the audition process up beyond the core team, to other youth and adults in the community! Auditions will be held in March 2017 as we reach out to youth performers, designers and crew members.

How to get involved: Email Ashley (Ashley[at]risingyouththeatre.org) to make sure you’re on our mailing list, follow us on facebook/twitter/Instagram, and keep an eye out for invitations and updates. Audition notices will be posted in February 2017.

Time commitment: Full rehearsal schedule: 5 rehearsals/week March 27 – May 4, performances May 5 – 14, 2017.

 

We can’t wait to get you involved. Thanks for your enthusiasm and excitement that helped us generate this project! Feel free to reach out to us with questions on our emails:

sarah[at]risingyouththeatre.org

Xanthia[at]risingyouththeatre.org

Ashley[at]risingyouththeatre.org

Or through our social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Looking forward to sharing this experience with our community this year!

 

Sarah, Xanthia, and Ashley

Rising Youth Theatre

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