for a wonderful conference!!!
an annual convening of leaders and practitioners from the
Queer Youth Theater field
2019 PYTA Conference (Pittsburgh, PA)
Registration is now closed
Scholarships applications are now closed.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Film Screening Thursday, July 25th
Saturday, July 27th
See photos of the conference here
CONFERENCE HOST: Dreams of Hope
Dreams of Hope was founded in 2003 to provide LGBTQA youth with a safe and welcoming environment to grow in confidence, express themselves, and develop as leaders. Their strategy is to mentor young people with professional artists and educators, and, through creative and performing arts, empower them to address and overcome the issues so many LGBTQI youth face. They use the skills and strengths they develop, as well as artistic expression, to educate people, build awareness, and increase acceptance, while assuming leadership positions in their communities. Dreams of Hope operates three programs: a multi-disciplinary, theater arts program (theatriQ), a summer arts camp (Qamp), and a neighborhood open stage performing arts program (speaQ).
What is a conference host?
Each PYTA Conference is held in the city of one of our alliance members!
MEET THE TEAM!
PYTA Advisory Board
Theo Meacham, Chair (Company Q)
Ali Hoefnagel, Vice-Chair (Dreams of Hope)
Benita Ramsey (Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance)
Deejay Gray (SPECTRUM/TheatreLab)
Donnie Williams (Proud Theater)
Grace Stolen (Proud Theater)
Jacob Demlow (Out Front Theatre)
Morgan Howard (SPECTRUM)
Sisi Reid (Maryland)
The Theater Offensive Staff
Evelyn Francis, Producing Co-Executive Director
Harold Steward, Producing Co-Executive Director
Nick Bazo, Associate Director of Programs
Matt Gelman, Associate Managing Director
Joseán Ortiz, Community Programs Manager
Julianna Quiroz, Programs Assistant
Rebecca Kelley, Executive Assistant to IAD
Sarah Vickery, Dev & Comm Coordinator
Susannah Atkinson, Dev & Comm Intern
PYTA Staff & Contractors
Eziah Blake, PYTA Manager
Jo Troll, PYTA Administrator
Ross Quinn, PYTA Intern
Dreams of Hope Staff
Ali Hoefnagel, Artistic Program Director
Bekezela Mguni, Educational Program Director
David Warga, Office manager
Seth Rosenber, Executive Director
The Small Change Foundation
Conference Logo and Design by Rebecca Kelley
2018 Conference Photos by Jess Richardson
Workshop Materials -pw required