Urban Youth Theater and National Black Theater
Ages 14 – 18
Wednesdays | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Saturdays | 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Performances | May 18 & 19 | 7 PM
Urban Youth Theater is a performance laboratory for teens at Abrons Arts Center. Each year the company performs a season of originally devised works and re-interpretations of classical texts. Working under the direction of New York City-based directors, writers, and designers, UYT gives young performers the opportunity to participate in a pre-professional company. Participants must be dedicated, respectful of each other’s ideas, and willing to take artistic risks.
In the wake of the recent election, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre is partnering with Abrons Arts Center to generate a devised political theater piece. UYT’s spring production will explore documentary-style theatre under the direction of Jonathan McCrory, Director of Theatre Arts at NBT. The work will address the following questions: What do our youth think about the election process and results? What is democracy? What will America’s future look like? Through personal narratives and interviews, teens will be brought into the center of this political conversation and hopefully answering the question “When we vote, what and whom are we really voting for?”.