At the 7th annual Queer Youth Theater Conference members from across the alliance were able to reconnect with peers, welcome new members to the PYTA family, and explore how our work must address racial injustice and opression. Participants visited the National Civil Rights Museum to inform our understanding of systemic racism in our country and the fight for civil rights. Participants were also given the chance to watch performances by two different theater ensembles. "Pass the Peas" was a performance given by Memphis' own Q&A Troupe; a performance by LOUD New Orleans Queer Youth Theatre closed the conference.

Q&A Troupe uses theatre to explore and express what life is like as an LGBTQ or Allied teen in Memphis and the surrounding area. Participation is open to students ages 14-21. No prior theatrical experience is necessary. Students are never required to reveal whether they identify as LGBTQ or Allied – we are a supportive community working toward a common goal.


Playhouse on the Square is a professional, live theatre located in the heart of Memphis, TN. With three theatre spaces, twelve education and outreach programs (soon to be thirteen!), and sixteen professional productions a season, Playhouse on the Square has something to offer everyone. Since 1969, Playhouse has strived to create compelling theatre experiences for the Memphis community.

ABOUT Q&A Troupe
August 18-21
Memphis, TN
Hosted by Playhouse on the Square

The 2016 Conference Schedule included workshops, exercises, seminars, and activities facilitates by youth directors, teachers, and artists from all over the United States.  View the full program and conference schedule below or follow the link below to download.



Pride Youth Theater Alliance

c/o The Theater Offensive

565 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02116


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The Pride Youth Theater Alliance is fiscally sponsored by The Theater Offensive in Boston, MA whose mission is to present the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation, challenges the status quo, and builds thriving communities.

The Pride Youth Theater Alliance is generously supported by the Mukti Fund, a small private foundation established in 1983 to support cultural heritage, environmental projects, and Queer Youth Theater.