2014 CONFERENCE

August 21-24
Orlando, FL
Hosted by interACTionZ

The fifth Annual PYTA Conference was planned in collaboration with Converge Orlando, Inc., the non-profit LGBT Convention and Visitors Bureau for Central Florida. Converge Orlando was created 3 years ago to solely concentrate on enhancing the LGBT-friendly perception of Orlando and Central Florida and improve the visibility of the destination to gay and lesbian visitors along with group & conventions attendees. Orlando is fortunate to be in the top 10 most popular travel destinations for LGBT travelers. The host theater was the Orlando Repertory Theatre, home to interACTionZ. The Double Tree by Hilton Downtown Orlando, a long time supporter and member of Converge Orlando, was the hotel for this year’s conference.

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ABOUT INTERACTIONZ

interACTionZ, in partnership with Orlando Repertory Theatre, is an all-inclusive youth theatre program. Focusing on Theatre for Social Change techniques, youth creatively explore personal stories while devising new and original work. This hands-on and thought-provoking program is designed for LGBTQ+ youth as well as youth who identify as straight advocates for the LGBTQ+ community. Youth of all ages are encouraged to participate. Previous theatre experience is not required. Programming for youth is provided through community partnerships including Theatre UCF, Zebra Coalition®, and more.

WORKSHOPS & SESSIONS
  • Activism with Flair: Shakin’ it up on (and off) Stage

  • Creation Methodology

  • Stealth Outreach to Non-Traditional Venues/Audiences

  • Nuts, Bolts and Beyond: Fundraising to Stay Alive

  • Fundraising to Thrive: Old Dogs Exchange New Tricks

  • Roots Before Branches: Undoing Racism with LGBT Organizations and Youth

  • Youth Leadership Forum

  • Community Engagement: The Heartbeat of Sustainability

  • Story Circles

  • Community Specific Experiences Using Theatre to Engage LGBTQ+ Youth

  • The Fundamentals of Building Strong Programs: Logic Models & Evaluation