The Arizonan Project

This fall, we are embarking on our pilot program The Arizonan Project. This endeavor marks Arizona’s centennial by asking youth from all over the Phoenix Metro area the question “what does it mean to be an Arizonan?” As Phoenix area youth become Phoenix area adults, their perspectives and engagement in their local and statewide communities will inform Arizona’s future. We’re creating theatre that asks youth to critically and creatively explore this question, and bring that question into their communities.The Arizonan Project will happen in two phases:

Phase One: Community Residencies Fall 2011

  • RYT will partner with community organizations throughout the Phoenix Metro area who serve populations of youth.
  • We will craft a 2-6 week residency of a depth and length appropriate to that center’s availability and time constraints.
  • A group of youth from the participating organization will work with professional artists from RYT using acting, writing, and digital media to explore the question “what does it mean to be an Arizonan?”
  • At the end of the residency, participants will perform in an informal sharing for invited friends, family, and community members.

Phase Two: Rehearsal and Production Spring 2012

RYT will invite youth participants from all of the fall sites to come together to collaborate with a professional playwright, composer, director and design team to create and perform in a full-length play to culminate The Arizonan Project. The play will be rehearsed and performed in a central community location and will have two weekends of performances in the late spring open to the public.

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