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It’s time for the 5th Annual Light Rail Plays!

Rising Youth Theatre will return 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.

Performances are December 8, 9, and 10th 2017! 

Call for youth and adult performers, musicians, and designers! 

Click HERE to apply to join the artistic team of the December 2017 Light Rail Plays! 

APPLICATIONS
Open: Monday, October 16th
Close: Friday, October 27th at 11:59pm
Interviews: Saturday, October 28th

For questions, please contact Julio Sauceda at julio@risingyouththeatre.org

“THE TROUBLE SERIES: THE PLAY” – APPLY TO BE PART OF RISING YOUTH THEATRE’S SEASON-LONG PROJECT

When it comes to accessing a quality education, not all children are treated equally.

Rising Youth Theatre invites youth ages 12 – 20 and professional adult artists to apply to be part of its season-long artistic project in partnership with the ACLU’s #Demand2Learn Campaign. This project will explore the education system – in Arizona and across the United States – and the ways these systems can support or fail the young people in our community. Apply here: www.tinyurl.com/troubleseriesapplication

The project will start in the fall with weekly workshops, dialogue, and creative exploration – a small group of youth and adults will explore big ideas and begin to develop theatrical content. In the spring, we will build on this work with a full cast and crew, developing a full original play around these ideas. Like all of Rising Youth Theatre’s work, this project will not take place in a traditional theatre venue, but will explore the ways placing site-specific theatre in surprising places can engage new audiences.

This project is in partnership with ACLU’S #Demand2Learn Campaign, focused on eliminating practices that disproportionately push children out of school or prevent them from enrolling. Rising Youth Artists will work directly with organizers from the campaign to learn advocacy strategies, and build a piece of artwork through which young people advocate for themselves and their peers.

PARTICIPATION IN THE PROJECT INCLUDES:

  • Weekly workshops / community meetings starting September 21, 2017 and continuing through February 2018. These meetings are held every Thursday and occasional Saturdays (see full schedule at the bottom of the post)
  • Attending community events related to the project and the campaign throughout the fall
  • Working in some capacity as part of the full theatrical production (performer, designer, technician, etc.) in April 2018. This will include regular rehearsals and meetings throughout March and April.
  • Bringing your creative energy, advocacy, and willingness to both learn and share expertise to the ensemble

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

  • Apply to be part of the creative team! Applications are now open for young people ages 12 – 20 and professional adult artists. www.tinyurl.com/troubleseriesapplication
  • Rising Youth Theatre General Manager Julio-César Sauceda will contact you to set up an interview time, on either Thursday September 21 or Saturday September 23. You must be able to attend an interview to apply for the project. If neither of these days work for you, we will work with you to find an alternate time.
  • Applicants will be notified about participation in the project by September 24, 2017.
  • If you can’t commit to the year-long project, but are interested in getting involved in the spring, make sure that you’re on our mailing list! We will hold general auditions and interviews in the spring for performers, designers, and technicians.
  • Keep an eye on our mailing list and social media for other ways to attend events and learn about the work Rising Youth Theatre and the ACLU are doing through this program!

ABOUT #DEMAND2LEARN

Across Arizona, students #Demand2Learn but many are denied the opportunity because of exclusionary policies and practices in district and charter schools.

Demand2Learn is a campaign to stop exclusionary practices in our schools and protect the promise of an education for all children. The social and economic impacts of school push-out are immoral and staggering. Children of color and those with disabilities are disproportionately harmed by suspensions and expulsions. The use of heavy-handed policies has resulted in pushing children out of school and cheating them out of the opportunities an education affords. Some schools have developed exclusionary enrollment practices that prevent families from choosing the school they want for their children. Others have higher rates of expulsions and suspensions of students with disabilities and students of color.

We’re partnering with schools, parents, youth and teachers to address this issue through a cooperative, engaging process that will make our schools and communities stronger.

ABOUT RISING YOUTH THEATRE

Rising Youth Theatre is a professional theatre company based in Phoenix, Arizona that operates on a model of youth working alongside professional artists. Under the direction of co-founders Sarah Sullivan and Xanthia Angel Walker, the company offers young people the opportunity to participate in the arts in a unique way, using a youth development model to increase their potential for personal growth. Rising Youth Theatre believes that when youth participate in the creative process they become engaged, passionate citizens of their community and advocates on their own behalf. Visit RisingYouthTheatre.org to learn more.

FULL SCHEDULE

FALL 2017

Applications
Monday, September 11 – Applications Open
Friday, September 22 – Applications Close
Thursday, September 21 – Interviews Day 1
Saturday September 23 – Interviews Day 2
Monday, September 25 – Applicants Notified

Creative Team Workshops
Thursday, September 28, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, September 30, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Thursday, October 5, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday, October 12, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, October 14, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Thursday, October 19, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday, October 26, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday, November 2, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Community Events (with potential for more to be added throughout the semester)
September 26, evening – #Demand2Learn Event
October 20, daytime – #Demand2Learn Event

WINTER 2018

Creative Team Workshops
Thursday, January 11, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday, January 18, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday, January 25, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday, February 1, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday, February 8, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday, February 15, 6:00 – 9:00pm

SPRING 2018 – FULL PRODUCTION

Applications (note – Creative Team members do NOT have to apply again)
Monday, February 19 – Audition Announcement opens
Saturday, March 3 – Auditions and Interviews
Wednesday, March 7 – Applicants notified

Rehearsals
March 12 – April 14
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Saturdays: 12:00 – 4:00pm

Tech Rehearsals
Monday, April 16, 5:30 – 9:00pm
Tuesday, April 17, 5:30 – 9:00pm
Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday, April 19, 5:30 – 9:00pm
Performances
Friday, April 20, evening
Saturday, April 21, afternoon and evening
Sunday, April 22, afternoon and evening
Week of April 23 – 27 – two daytime performances TBD

RISING YOUTH THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 SEASON AND ORGANIZATIONAL GROWTH

 

Rising Youth Theatre, a theatre company that creates socially relevant original plays with youth announces major organizational and structural growth for the company as it begins its 2017-2018 season. After six years as a volunteer-run organization, led by co-founders Sarah Sullivan and Xanthia Angel Walker, the company is proud to announce that Walker has been hired as Administrative Director, its first employee. This expansion will allow the company to continue to grow, deepen its programs, and continue to engage youth, adults, and the wider community in arts and social justice programs. Rising Youth Theatre is also thrilled to announce that Julio-César Sauceda will step into the role of General Manager, joining the leadership team of the organization. Sarah Sullivan and Xanthia Walker will continue in their roles as co-Artistic Directors.

 

As in previous seasons, the company’s work will pair youth and adult artists together to create theatre that reflects young people’s stories and experiences in the greater Phoenix community. “This is the third year that none of Rising Youth Theatre’s performances take place in a traditional theatre space,” says Walker.  “We are proud to invite our community to participate as audience members in locations they wouldn’t expect theatre to happen.”  This will include the fifth annual production of Light Rail Plays along with a new project in partnership with the ACLU’s Demand 2 Learn Campaign, The Trouble Series. The ideas behind this new season result from a collaborative process in which Rising Youth Theatre’s youth and adult artists came together to discuss the focus of the company’s projects.  

 

The Light Rail Plays: December 2017

 

Rising Youth Theatre will return 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: April 2018

Trouble Series: The Play (working title) is a community-engaged theatre and dialogue project. 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, RisingYouthTheatre.org or info@RisingYouthTheatre.org.

 

About Rising Youth Theatre

 

Rising Youth Theatre is a professional theatre company based in Phoenix, Arizona that operates on a model of youth working alongside professional artists. Under the direction of co-founders Sarah Sullivan and Xanthia Angel Walker, the company offers young people the opportunity to participate in the arts in a unique way, using a youth development model to increase their potential for personal growth. Rising Youth Theatre believes that when youth participate in the creative process they become engaged, passionate citizens of their community and advocates on their own behalf. Visit RisingYouthTheatre.org to learn more.

Meet the Ensemble

 

To see more of this ensemble’s work, don’t miss The Kids’ Table on May 5, 6 and 7 at the Burton Barr Central Library! For tickets and information – risingyouththeatre.org/current-projects/
The Kids’ Table is an original play that puts young people into the center of important conversations in our community.  #TheKids’Table #RespectYourYoungers

Meet the Ensemble – TY

 

To see more of Ty’s work, don’t miss The Kids’ Table on May 5, 6 and 7 at the Burton Barr Central Library! For tickets and information – risingyouththeatre.org/current-projects/
The Kids’ Table is an original play that puts young people into the center of important conversations in our community.  #TheKids’Table #RespectYourYoungers