On Wednesdays in July, NBYT invites teens (ages 13-19) to be part of four discussions/planning meetings/social gatherings that will help to guide planning for the 2017-18 NBYT season of production and classes and beyond. The gatherings will also become the basis for a new Teen Advisory Board that will be formed in the fall. Two teens will also be chosen to join the theater’s Board of Directors as full members.
Between 6 and 8 PM each week at the NBYT Studio Space at the Berlin YMCA, we’ll have a planned discussion, some theater games and activities, and pizza and drinks for a suggested contribution of $5. Teens are also welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks. Come any week or all four.
July 5: Choosing a Season
Popular versus obscure. New versus classic. Musical versus play. Find out how a theater’s season of productions is chosen. What factors are most important? And when can a theater take risks in choosing something not so well known—or completely unknown? Give your suggestions for future seasons too, and find out at the end of the night what shows NBYT will produce in its 2017-18 season.
July 12: Planning the Short Play Festival
In the fall, NBYT will produce its first annual (we hope!) Short Play Festival. The goal is that some of our own kid and teen participants will submit scripts, direct, stage manage, and help to produce a series of short plays. All interested directors and playwrights should attend. We’ll talk about how directors work and what they should consider, what stage managers do, and how writers should be involved in the process. Young playwrights are encouraged to bring some of their work to share. (The deadline for submitting scripts and signing up to direct is July 31.)
July 19: Budgeting for a Production
Like it or not, how much money a theater has is a big factor in what shows it can do and what programs it can offer. Join in a role-playing game to help balance a hypothetical theater’s budget (and we promise—that’s more fun than it sounds), learn how a theater can increase its revenue, and give some fundraising ideas of your own.
July 26: Actor Training and Education
Even the most experienced actors continue to work on their craft through classes, workshops, and coaching. Help us to plan what classes and workshops to offer for our older participants by telling us what skills you’re most interested in developing. Also find out what classes NBYT is offering in the fall, and help to shape the curriculums of those classes. (Winter and spring classes will be planned around your suggestions.) Tell us your favorite games and activities from any theater rehearsals or classes, and we’ll play a few of those too.
To participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 860-515-8115, or just show up ready to share your ideas, maybe a learn a few things, and have fun.