Rising Youth Theatre was co-founded in 2011 by Sarah Sullivan and Xanthia Walker, after finishing degrees in Theatre for Youth at Arizona State University. Wanting to stay in this community and seeking a venue to create original theatre with young people, they founded RYT, a theatre company centered on the stories and experiences of youth. Through collaborations between professional artists and young people ranging in age from 2-24, youth participants create and perform in age and skill appropriate theatre experiences ranging from short process-based residencies to fully produced productions. RYT is committed to working with youth from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds.
Rising Youth Theatre operates on a model of youth working alongside professional artists. RYT youth participants work with highly skilled actors, playwrights, designers, musicians, composers, poets, dancers across artistic disciplines and styles.