Current Projects

Rising Youth Theatre invites community participation by performing in unexpected spaces. None of our performances take place in traditional theatre spaces. This includes the fourth incarnation of the company’s popular Light Rail Plays (February 2017) and a new project exploring youth voices, The Kids Table (May 2017). The ideas behind this new season came out of a collaborative process, in which Rising Youth Theatre artists (both youth and adult) come together to discuss what the company should take on next.

 


The Kids’ Table: September 2016 – May 2017

Kids' Table Company Meeting

Kids’ Table Company Meeting

The Kids’ Table is a unique, site-specific theatre experience that places young people at the center of major conversations in our community. Over the course of a year, an artistic ensemble of youth and adults will host a series of conversations, artistic dialogue, and performance by installing tables in a wide variety of community spaces. Youth are trained as both facilitators and performers in order to lead dialogue across the city. Ultimately there will be a formal theatrical performance, featuring youth and adult performers, where the greater Arizona community can hear directly from its young people. Performances dates are May  5th – 7th and 12th -14th. 

While there are many major social issues in our community that affect young people directly (our education system, race and class, immigration, etc.), it is rare that we ever hear directly from young people when these issues are discussed. This 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 art that continues the conversations across generations? 

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:

You’re Invited to 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.

You’re Invited to 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.

 

 

 

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