YOUth Riot 2016

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What is YOUth Riot the Program?

YOUth Riot is an original Third Street Theatre creation now in it’s second year. YOUth Riot 2016 is co-produced by Alberta Playwrights’ Network and Third Street Theatre.

YOUth Riot is a free 3-month playwriting program for queer teens.

The Program: Over the course of 3 months, Third Street Theatre, APN, and guest artists will facilitate a playwriting program for Queer teens, helping them tell their stories through the medium of 10 minute plays and spoken word. This is a hybrid playwriting and workshop-based program, where industry professionals lead workshops aimed at mentoring program participants and playwriting skills are built up around these sessions. The program is designed to ignite creativity in teens with or without experience in playwriting, and most importantly, provides valuable tools to foster confidence, acceptance, and positive self-image.

The program finishes with a public festival
 of short plays written by the participants and staged by professional actors and directors from the theatre community.

Cost: Free!
Program Length: Feb 10, 2016 – May 11, 2016
Meeting Venue: CommunityWise Resource Centre
Meeting Times: Wednesdays from 6-9pm

YOUth Riot Showcase 2016
Co-presented by Alberta Playwrights Network & Third Street Theatre.

Join us to celebrate the theatrical voice of queer youth in Calgary as we launch the second annual YOUth Riot showcase of original works!

For 12 weeks, our participants have been crafting their own pieces (both spoken word and short plays) by learning from theatre professionals. The showcase is a chance for the public to hear these inspiring works and celebrate the burgeoning talent in these queer youth!

It’s a time to celebrate, a time to inspire, and a time to break the status quo! It’s time to hear what they have to say with their own words because every story deserves to be heard!

We can’t wait to share these amazing works with you!

Suggested minimum donation of $15 at the door.
Cash or Credit only.
Limited seating available.

Lunchbox Theatre (at the base of the Calgary Tower).

7pm (doors at 6:30pm).

Director/Dramaturgs: Mark Bellamy & Samantha MacDonald
Cast: TBA
Program Director: Jonathan Brower
Program Dramaturge: Natalie Meisner
Facilitators: Neil Fleming & Samantha MacDonald
Program Administrator: Trevor Rueger

Some LGBTQ Youth statistics*:

  • 4 in 10 LGBTQ youth say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBTQ people
  • LGBTQ youth are TWICE as likely to physically and emotionally bullied
  • 73% of LGBTQ youth say they are more honest about themselves online than they are in their real lives
  • 92% of LGBTQ say they hear negative messages about being LGBTQ – namely at school, online, and from their peers.
  • LGBTQ youth are TWICE as likely to be homeless than their heterosexual peers
  • LGBTQ youth are THREE times as likely to abuse illegal drugs
  • LGBTQ youth are FOUR times more likely to attempt suicide, and are 5.4 times more likely to suffer from severe depression (Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 10 to 24)

*statistics from Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, and The Trevor Project



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