Rising Youth Theatre

About Rising Youth Theatre

Rising Youth Theatre works with young people and professional adult artists to create socially relevant, original plays that spark dialogue and action in our community. Our work starts in the community - hearing stories, participating in dialogue, doing research, and engaging young people around a topic. Our plays are created through a multi-generational collaborative process, where artists of all ages work in a shared learning and co-creating. 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. The company has a newly formed apprentice program, providing paths for job training and payment for young people as they move through the program. 

Rising Youth Theatre also has a growing school residency program, providing theatre based social-emotional development programming for kindergarten through high school and has begun to offer workshops in the community around youth leadership, co-creating in through partnerships, facilitation, and playmaking. 

Alongside artmaking, the Rising Youth Theatre Ensemble actively participates in community events, working to ensure that youth voices are represented in a wide variety of spaces in Arizona.  

RYT believes that theatre and the arts are powerful tools with which young people can stand up and advocate for themselves and their peers. Projects like The 100th Day, which engaged audiences in an active dialogue around the school to prison pipeline and preventing student pushout, or Bodies are Magic! which places experiencing joy in youth bodies as a radical act, put young people at the center of important conversations and puts both adults and youth into a space of shared listening and learning. In our work, we invest in young people, not because they are the leaders of tomorrow, but because they are the leaders and thinkers we need right now, in this moment.

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Phoenix, AZ 85004

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