Young Theaterworks

Young Theaterworks introduces youth to the importance of writing and the power of communication through artistic expression, honest dialogue, and live performance. 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.

"About…Productions’ Young Theaterworks enters the classroom and challenges students – challenges them to write, to speak, to look inside themselves. Young Theaterworks offers unrelenting professionalism, dedication, and belief in the potential of youth to do more, reach higher, succeed.  Regular high school administrators and teachers could learn from Young Theaterwork’s dedication and fire for what they do.”- Howard Gillingham, former Principal, Pueblo de Los Angeles Continuation High School

Our Young Theaterworks program is celebrating almost two decades of success serving greatest-risk youth in high schools throughout L.A. County, primarily in Continuation/Options schools in East L.A. Our innovative residencies improve literacy, communication, and collaboration skills; while integrating and exploring the content from, and collaborative processes used, in our professional productions.

Hundreds of East L.A. highest-risk students have been engaged  through About...Productions’ Chicano Legacy Project. They’ve mined their community’s rich cultural and political history by interviewing significant Chicano elders, writing plays, and sharing the stage with professional actors to present their original work to their peers and the public. Recently, these students had a brand-new opportunity to explore and share their Chicano Legacy and for the first time in the 15-year history of Young Theaterworks, created and co-produced a full production premiere of their original work!

Our Young Theaterworks Through the Ages program provides unique 20-session literacy residencies where students interview community elders and create theatre pieces about their lives, thereby transcending generational and cultural divides, and fostering community dialogue and awareness. For More Information CLICK HERE

Our Young Theaterworks Pasadena program, which was inaugurated in 2012, conducts 6-week residencies in Pasadena public high schools, including Marshall Fundamental and Blair International Baccalaureate. Students delve into their community history by interviewing Pasadena-area elders and then collaboratively write plays based on these interviews.

More Information About Pasadena Program HERE

The company also conducts workshops for all ages, master classes, symposia, lectures and pre-and post-play discussions in order to share its collaborative process, expand the content of its productions, and engage audiences of all generations.

Chicano Legacy Programs are supported, in part, by the California Arts Council, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Eastside Arts Initiative, The Flourish Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.