2018 PYTA Conference Special Events: Open to the Public

This year, the PYTA Conference is hosting TWO public evening events at the OBERON in Harvard Square. Admission is free for conference attendees and tickets are available to the public on a sliding scale.

About the OBERON:

OBERON, the second stage of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), is a destination for theater and nightlife on the fringe of Harvard Square. In addition to offering work from the A.R.T’s main season, OBERON is also a thriving incubator for emerging artists to imagine new projects that could only exist in this exciting club theater environment.


Friday, July 27th

7:30 - 11:30

Loud and Queer

PYTA Conference Celebration


in the OBERON Main Space

Billy Dean Thomas

Billy Dean Thomas also known as “The Queer B.I.G “ is a musician who challenges the hip hop game with lyrics that align with #blacklivesmatter, intersectional feminism and highlights the difficulties of growing up in NYC. Their musical career began at the age of 8 playing congas and being a part of an advanced Poetry/Performance program where they were mentored by Pharaohe Monch, Rosie Perez and DMC. They were booked twice as a spoken word artist for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, performed as a part of the "We Wanted A Revolution" Exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum and were recently selected as the 2017 Resident Artist for The Theatre Offensive in Boston Massachusetts. Billy Dean has also just completed their first Debut Album Titled "Rocky Barboa" after recording in Berlin Germany, Paris and NYC.

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Quisol is an artist and organizer from Charlotte, NC with an indie rock sound known as #LatinxFuture. Quisol draws from their diverse roots to put a futuristic spin on Afro Caribbean beats, Salsa, Bossa Nova, and Soul.

Quisol is also behind Queen's Collective, a DIY art movement cultivating the Charlotte house show scene. Since December 2016, Quisol and friends of Queen's Collective have been hosting a monthly popup show that features local artists and supports community initiatives.

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Complex Movements

Detroitt-based Complex Movements' Beware of the Dandelions, the recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts' 2017 National Theater Project presentation grant, is a touring arts-based organizing project and multimedia performance. Through science-fiction narrative, music, interactive performance, video projection, and technology, Beware of the Dandelions invites communities to explore the relationship between art, science, and social justice movements and develop new strategies to move their work forward. From our combined experience as social movement activists and artists over the past two decades, we have seen a critical need for art that can do more than inspire-- that can combine inspiration with reflection and action.

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Alternative Space:

in the OBERON Workshop Room

Enjoy the community event in a different way! Just down the hall from the dance party, this space will be offered all night as a way to stay connected with folks in a low-key setting. Mingle, chat, float in and out as you please!

Conference attendees! Your nametag is your ticket!

If you are not registered for the conference, this event requires a ticket.

Ticket Price: Sliding Scale $1-$25

Tickets can be found at:


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Saturday, July 28th

7:00 - 9:00pm

[love girls]

Original work by the True Colors Creative Action Crew

Directed by Sidney Monroe

The Theater Offensive is the host of the 2018 PYTA Conference! At each PYTA conference, the work of the local queer youth theater is showcased.

Created by the True Colors Creative Action Crew and directed by Sidney Monroe, [love girls] is an original work focusing on the personal experiences of queer women of color navigating the beauty, joy, and violence that lives at the intersection of their identities. A journey of self-discovery and reclamation of their voices, [love girls] uses music, movement and spoken word to captivate audiences in their