Boston, MA – The Pride Youth Theater Alliance (PYTA) includes organizations from across the United States and Canada with theater programs focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and will be holding its eighth Pride Youth Theater Alliance Annual Conference. PYTA is a growing alliance that advances the practice of Queer Youth Theater by providing emerging and established leaders in the field with resources and opportunities to exchange, collaborate, and learn. The 2017 Conference will be held in Ann Arbor, MI on August 10-13, at Neutral Zone Teen Center – a PYTA Partner Organization. Neutral Zone will be providing space, volunteers, and community connections to the Ann Arbor region that will certainly make this year’s Conference a huge success.

The Conference is a weekend-long gathering for leaders in the Queer Youth Theater field – artists, activists, educators, directors, students, and community organizers – to share their work, experience, skills, and knowledge in collaborative, peer-led workshops and sessions. It's peer-led approach – PYTA members and facilitators leading workshops, sessions, presentations, and demonstrations – supports best practices in theater education, theater-making, youth leadership, queer advocacy, community organizing, and program development.

PYTA was formed to unite Queer Youth Theater leaders, whose programs were developed as isolated responses to local pressures or interests. Today, this thriving alliance promotes successful models of Queer Youth Theater programming through financial support, pedagogical resources, and advocacy for artists, activists, youth, and educators. Current PYTA partner organizations are located in 20 U.S. states and Canadian province.

PYTA Member Organizations

About Face Theatre – About Face Youth Theatre, (Chicago, IL) Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (Toronto, ON) Company Q (Lexington, KY) Cooperative Innovation Consultants – Encore Theatre (Denver, CO) Creative Action – Outside the Lines Youth (Austin, TX) Dreams of Hope – theatriQ (Pittsburgh, PA) CrownKeepers, Inc. of Charlotte – Carolina’s Pride Theatre Ensemble (Charlotte, NC) Fringe Benefits Theatre (Los Angeles, CA) interACTionZ (Orlando, FL) Neutral Zone Teen Center – Gayrilla Theater Project: Riot Youth (Ann Arbor, MI) New Conservatory Theatre Center – Identity Matters (I.M.) (San Francisco, CA)

NWP Lab - QuTheatr Series (Akron, OH) LOUD - New Orleans Queer Youth Theater (New Orleans, LA) Omaha Theater Company – Pride Players (Omaha, NE)

Out Front Theater Company - (Atlanta, GA) Pioneer Winter Collective – Project LEAP (Miami, FL) Playhouse on the Square – Q&A (Memphis, TN) Proud Theater (Madison, WI) Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance – FIERCE: Rainbow Community Players (San Bernardino, CA) TheatreLAB – SPECTRUM (Richmond, VA) The Coterie– Project Pride (Kansas City, MO) The Door – Queer Youth Theater at The Door (New York, NY) The Theater Offensive – True Colors: Out Youth Theater (Boston, MA) Out & Allied Youth Theatre (Waterville, ME)


PRESS CONTACT: Vic Quintanar | PYTA Manager | 565 Boylston Street | Boston, MA 02116 | 617.661.1600 |

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