Community Arts Projects

RYT’s Community Arts Projects are uniquely designed programs that partner with specific organizations to create process-based theatre experiences for and with youth in that specific community. Community Arts Projects may use

  • Performance and social change techniques, including Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Theatre as a mode of processing conflict and trauma
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Theatre as a tool to explore social, interpersonal, and personal change.

To build a community arts project with RYT:

Send an email inquiry with basic information about who you are and what you are looking for and a company member will get in touch with you shortly to set up a meeting.

Examples of residencies:

  • A six week digital storytelling residency at a youth homeless drop-in center. Youth who use the services of the center meet with a media artist 2 times per week and use video, photography, sound, and editing to create five minute films focused on the theme “I AM.” The films are screened at the end of the residency in a gallery for a public audience.
  • A two-week drama residency in a second grade classroom. A drama specialist facilitates six one-hour sessions over the course of two weeks in which first graders use drama to explore themes of bullying and conflict resolution. At the end of the residency, they invite the first graders in to participate in a drama with the second graders.
  • A semester-long arts literacy residency in a high school. Theatre artists work with 10th graders to adapt the text of a book that is a part of the school curriculum. The students rehearse and perform their adaptation of the book for the rest of the school.
  • A six-month long residency at a girls juvenile corrections facility. Theatre artists and musicians meet with a group of incarcerated teenage girls once a week for three hours. Over the course of the six months, the group explores the theme of change and transition. They write an original play with original music about change and transition, and perform it for the rest of the girls in the facility.

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