Mission: New England Youth Theatre educates the hearts, minds, bodies and voices of youth of all abilities through the dramatic arts.
Results: For the past 15 years NEYT has educated students by creating an atmosphere of respect, where youth and adults work together as equal creative spirits.
Over half our students receive financial aid, thanks to our Angels in the Wings program.
Target demographics: Youth of all abilities, age 7-19
Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 students and reached 4,000 by touring to local schools!
Geographic areas served: Brattleboro, Vermont
Programs: NEYT is not only a theater for youth, but by youth. Each year, we have 18 fully produced performances, including Shakespeare, musicals, and new plays.
In our Theatre Adventure Program, students with and without disabilities work together to make disabilities possibility.
We offer Apprenticeships in the technical arts, including set building, costume design, and lighting.
I am a theatrical director in the same region as New England Youth Theater, and I am consistently wowed by the quality of their productions. The flames of creativity burn very brightly in nearly every student, and it is clear that NEYT has fostered both a sense of confidence and a hunger to learn. NEYT is obviously a huge benefit to its participants and its audience, and I think it deserves to thrive to its full potential.
As a theater teacher, I have worked at a variety of schools, camps and non profit youth organizations, and few i believe offer the depth and personal growth that i think the New England Youth Theater does. The way they inspire and build students into young, confident, professionals is a program that should be studied by other institutions. Leap and the net will appear!