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2016 Queer Youth

Theater Conference

Memphis, TN | August 18-21

Hosted by Playhouse On The Square


Every year leaders from across the youth leadership, queer arts, and theatre education fields come together for a weekend-long event hosted by the Pride Youth Theater Alliance. The Queer Youth Theater Conference is open to all directors, artists, educators, and activists you envision a world where all artistic, cultural, and human service organizations have safe, sustainable spaces for queer and allied youth. This professional development and movement-building event is your opportunity to exchange ideas, establish best practices, and build new partnerships with leaders from across the U.S. and Canada.

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Access the Queer Youth Theater Conference Mobile Guidebook for updated schedule changes, information about Memphis, TN, a list of 2016 participants, and many other features to help you get the most out of your Conference experience.

Thursday, August 18


3:00 pm

Opening Reception

6:00 pm

Friday, August 19

Downtown Memphis

Surrounding the Museum

Bus Departure | Hotel to Museum


Museum Tour

10:00 am


1:30 pm

Bus Departure | Museum to Playhouse

2:30 pm

Anti-Racism Panel 

3:00 pm

BBQ Dinner

6:00 pm

Catering by Central BBQ

Bus Departure | Playhouse to Hotel

8:00 pm 

Saturday, August 20

Bus Departure | Hotel to Playhouse

9:15 am 

Opening Session

10:00 am


10:30 am

A Trauma-Informed Lens
for Intergenerational Theatre-Making

presented by MR Stine, MJ Kaufman,
& Tom Medina-Castrejón, 

Philadelphia Young Playwrights

Devised Theatre + Queer Performance #DTQP

Session 1
presented by Sidney Monroe,

The Theater Offensive



12:15 pm

Devised Theatre + Queer Performance #DTQP

Session 2
presented by Sidney Monroe,

The Theater Offensive

Theater as a Tool
for HIV Prevention in LGBTQ Youth

presented by Nick Bazo, The Theater Offensive
& ViQuan Smith, The Theater Offensive


1:45 pm


2:45 pm


Queer Youth Theater Collaboration:
Connecting Across the Alliance

presented by Brian Guehring,

Omaha Theater Company
& Amanda Kibler, The Coterie

The Fundamentals of Building Strong Programs:
Logic Models & Evaluation

presented by Evelyn Francis, The Theater Offensive


Art Swap
presented by Abe Rybeck,

The Theater Offensive


4:30 pm

Q&A Performance
presented by members of the Q&A Ensemble

Playhouse on the Square

Bus Departure | Playhouse to Hotel

6:00 pm 

Idlewild Neighborhood of Memphis

Surrounding Playhouse on the Square

Sunday, August 21

Thinking Out Loud

10:00 am
presented by members of the LOUD Ensemble
Betty Shrang, Joriel Boykins, Latrice Reed, & Rashaad "Kashh" Delaney

Closing Session

12:00 pm


Sheraton Downtown Memphis

250 N Main Street

Memphis, TN 38104

Playhouse On The Square

66 Cooper Street

Memphis, TN 38104

Reserve by Phone
  1. Call The Sheraton Reservations Office: (901) 527-7300

  2. Reference the "Pride Youth Theater Alliance" to apply the Conference Discount Rate to your reservation. 

  3. Discount is only available for reservations between Thursday, August 18 through Sunday, August 21. 2016.

Playhouse on the Square is a professional, live theatre located in the heart of Memphis, TN. Since 1969, Playhouse has strived to create compelling theatre experiences for the Memphis community.

National Civil Rights Museum

450 Mulberry Street

Memphis, TN 38103

The museum offers 260 artifacts, more than 40 new films, oral histories, interactive media and external listening posts that guide visitors through five centuries of history — from the beginning of the resistance during slavery, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, and the seminal events of the late 20th century that inspired people around the world to stand up for equality.

The Queer Youth Theater Conference, which has grown tremendously since the first convening in 2010, is an annual weekend-long event for leaders from the field to share their work, skills, and knowledge through peer-led workshops and collaborative experiences.

Carly Crawford
2016 Conference Chair

"I am beyond excited to step into the role of Conference Chair for PYTA. For the last two years I’ve left the Queer Youth Theater Conference so bolstered by the work that’s being by done queer youth theater artists throughout North America."

SK Kerastas
PYTA Executive Co-Chair

"Every time we meet, our national community grows and flourishes...we anticipate Memphis, a city with rich and thriving artistic rhythms, will have a unique impact on us as well!"

Avery Blanton
Conference Host

"I am very excited to be helping at the 2016 PYTA conference, and can't wait to teach, learn, and share everything I can about Queer Youth Theater!"



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