Since 2001, About...Productions’ Young Theaterworks program has served L.A. County’s greatest-risk youth high school students, primarily in Continuation/Option schools in East L.A. Through innovative residencies, About...Productions introduces youth to the importance of writing and the power of communication through artistic expression, honest dialogue, and live performance. By harnessing skills of literacy, collaboration, and communication, students in the Young Theaterworks program receive higher grades in school, graduate at higher rates, and most importantly, are empowered to become stewards of their community’s history. We believe that real change is made possible by working with a small group of youth over an extended period of time with a genuinely committed artistic staff.
Intensive Young Theaterworks residencies in continuation schools are based on connecting youth to significant Chicano elders and/or content being explored professionally through original theaterworks. Students collaboritively create short plays based on the lives of elders or the content being explored. In culminating staged readings, professional actors perform the short plays, alongside willing students, for the public, their peers, and school community.
The newest addition to the Young Theaterworks program is the workshop series which served five high schools in Greater Los Angeles. The workshop content was built around the Evangeline Initiative, focusing on the history of the Chicano movement and the 1969 student walk-outs. Upcoming workshops include a gestural model making session with Bell Gardens Neighborhood Youth Center in conjunction with Adobe Punk ( in development).
young theaterworks history
Click through the slideshow for a visual history of our Young Theaterworks program.