PRESS RELEASE: Pride Youth Theater Alliance Gears Up for Annual Queer Youth Theater Conference
Coalition of 28 National Queer Youth Theater Programs
Set to Meet in Boston
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 5, 2018
Boston, MA – The Pride Youth Theater Alliance is a growing network of LGBTQ theater organizations and individual artists that strive to advance 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 Pride Youth Theater Alliance (PYTA) will be holding its ninth Annual Pride Youth Theater Alliance Conference, in Boston, MA on July 26-29, hosted by The Theater Offensive (TTO) – a PYTA Member Organization and Fiscal Sponsor. The conference has been held in 7 different cities, including San Francisco, Orlando, and Memphis, and attendance has steadily been growing. The conference invites practitioners, artists and leaders to showcase their art, talents, skill and knowledge with their peers from across North America. The Theater Offensive will be partnering with local arts organizations to host conference attendees and connect them with the vibrant arts and LGBTQ scenes of Boston.
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.
LGBTQ issues are prevalent in the news right now, but the needs of LGBTQ youth often get overlooked. Many youth are isolated, looking to connect with other LGBTQ peers as they explore their own identities. Through the Pride Youth Theater Alliance Annual Conference, young people, who are consistently at the forefront of many social justice movements, use art to tell stories, build opportunities for awareness, and create opportunities to foster connections with other youth. In a world where adult voices are too often given priority, Queer Youth Theater groups equip youth with tools to be the change they seek. These organizations, located around North America, are building coalitions of young artists, activists and leaders, who advocate about the importance of expressing themselves and building community through performance art, production, writing and other forms of creating. Through these programs, queer youth are finding their space and community to be their whole selves, thriving through queer youth theater.
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. Its peer-led approach supports best practices in theater education, theater-making, youth leadership, queer advocacy, community organizing, and program development. There are several opportunities to be involved in the conference! Register to attend, volunteer, submit a workshop, or apply for a scholarship! For all deadlines and applications, visit bit.ly/PYTA2018.
About the Pride Youth Theater Alliance | Founded in 2012, PYTA began as a cohort of directors, educators, and activists representing Queer Youth Theater (QYT) programs from across the U.S. and Canada. PYTA raises awareness and fosters institutional unity for the work of the individual programs and in the QYT community at large. See more details of PYTA’s work and members at: prideyouththeateralliance.org.
PRESS CONTACT: Matt Gelman, TTO Associate Managing Director firstname.lastname@example.org 565 Boylston Street | Boston, MA 02116 | 617.661.1600 | prideyouththeateralliance.org
PYTA Member Organizations Current PYTA members are located in 20 U.S. states and Canada
About Face Theatre – About Face Youth Theatre, (Chicago, IL)
Actors' Repertory of Simi -- Spectrum Collective (Simi Valley, CA)
Art and Soul Innovation - Proud Theater (Madison, WI) Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC) – QuTheatr Series (Akron, OH)
Briyana Clarel (Austin, TX) 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)
Island City Stage – D’Verse (Wilton Manors, FL) Neutral Zone Teen Center – Gayrilla Theater Project: Riot Youth (Ann Arbor, MI) New Conservatory Theatre Center – Identity Matters (I.M.) (San Francisco, CA) LOUD - New Orleans Queer Youth Theater (New Orleans, LA) Omaha Theater Company – Pride Players (Omaha, NE)
Out Front Theatre Company (Atlanta, GA) Pioneer Winter Collective – Project LEAP (Miami, FL) Playhouse on the Square – Q&A (Memphis, TN)
Pride Arts Center Youth Theatre - Pride Films and Plays (Chicago, IL)
Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance – FIERCE: Rainbow Community Players (San Bernardino, CA)
TheatreLAB and Richmond Triangle Players– 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) Waterville Inclusive Community Project - Out & Allied Youth Theatre (Waterville, ME)