Rising Youth Theatre’s plays are created through a multi-generational collaborative process, where artists of all ages work in a shared learning, creative youth development model. The company performs in non-traditional theatre spaces, including the Light Rail, public parks, and more, ensuring that all audiences feel invited to engage with the art and accompanying dialogue. There is no cost for youth to participate and all performances are presented to the public for free, strengthening access to arts and dialogue across Arizona communities.
Developing a full length play is a multi-year process, divided across four phases. The first phase is research - we assemble a team of youth and adults that work as a community of co-learners, gathering as much information about our topic as possible, through scholarship, story sharing, and our own lived experiences. The second phase is devising - we work as a team to develop a script outline out of our research. The third phase is production - we produce a full length play and dialogue experience. The fourth and final phase is ongoing dissemination - we work to continue the life of each project where it is relevant and meaningful.
Founded in 2011, Rising Youth Theatre works in collaboration with young people and professional artists to create socially relevant original plays with youth voices at the center. In the company’s model, plays are created in partnership with the community, through a multi-generational collaborative process where artists of all ages work in a shred learning, creative youth development model. The company works to perform in non-traditional theatre spaces, in which all audiences will feel invited to engage with the art and accompanying dialogue. Alongside artmaking, the Rising Youth Theatre ensemble leads workshops and residencies in schools and community spaces and actively participates in community events, working to ensure that youth voices are represented in a wide variety of spaces in Arizona.
Rising Youth Theatre’s core tools for creating, facilitating, teaching, collaborating, and reflecting in our work include: