Current Projects


The Light Rail Plays: December 2017

Rising Youth Theatre returns to public transportation for the fifth time with an all-new series of The Light Rail Plays. Partnering with Valley Metro, this project pairs young artists one-on-one with adult professional artists to create 5 minute, 2 person plays on and around our public transit system. This year’s plays will focus on platform performances, and will travel across multiple Light Rail stops across the Valley Metro System. Using a wide range of theatrical elements, including music, dance, circus, and masks, this is a transformative community experience not to be missed.





Trouble Series: The Play

Over the course of a year, an artistic ensemble of youth and adults will investigate and challenge the reasons why young people are pushed out of education as it impacts Arizona youth by creating learning opportunities and artistic exploration across a wide variety of community spaces. The project is conducted in partnership with the ACLU’s Demand 2 Learn Campaign, engaging youth as both organizers and artists who can advocate for themselves and their peers in public spaces. “The Trouble Series project will be created with the core belief that all students in Maricopa County have the right to learn in safe and supportive environments,” says Walker. “However, we know that many young people are denied this opportunity because of exclusionary policies and practices that systematically and disproportionately impact students of color and low-income students. We will use this unique theatre experience to not only research and learn, but to facilitate an important conversation in our communities.”

Rising Youth Theatre remains committed to creating plays that are accessible to the entire Valley community.  All performances in the 2017-18 season will be presented to audiences on a donation basis, free to the public. There is never any cost for a young person to participate in a Rising Youth Theatre Program. For young people and adult professional artists who are interested in getting involved this year, contact Rising Youth Theatre through the website, or

For more information on the Demand2Learn campaign visit,

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