"Every year we try and make people think, and we want them
to understand that we are not just those kids that go about life
doing this and that, but we actually have a voice." -YT Member

"These kids are so talented. They're just as good as the kids from the elite
performing arts schools - as a matter of fact, they are more authentic."
-Audience Member

"I come to CAT to create theatre and have my voice heard. Since they won't listen
to a teenager off-stage, people have no choice but to listen to me on-stage."
-YT Member

"It's fun education... education isn't fun in school, but here, it's really fun to learn. I never thought I'd say those two in the same sentence." -YT Member

"We've not only proven that we can make the audience think,
but that we can do more than you think we can." -YT Member

"I was so glad that I brought my kids. We all three were fully engaged and had
interesting conversations about it through the rest of the day." -Audience Member

CAT Youth Theatre

CAT Youth Theatre News

Save the Date- CAT Youth Theatre 2015 February Show!

We hope you'll join us at the Baruch Performing Arts Center for CAT Youth Theatre's 2015 production.

Friday, February 20th, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 21st, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, February 22nd, 2:30pm
Tuesday, February 24th, 5:00pm- For Youth Groups
Friday, February 27th, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 28th, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, March 1st, 2:30pm and 7:30pm

For more information, including to arrange youth groups, contact Maureen Donohue at 212.652.2828 or maureen.donohue@cuny.edu.

About the CAT Youth Theatre

CAT Youth Theatre is a free, award-winning after school program for NYC middle and high school students to create original theatre.  Members meet weekly, from September through May, to explore their ideas and creativity and build their skills through theatre games and exercises, improvisations and scene work, rehearsal, critical reflection, and group discussion. The collaborative theatre process gives young people the opportunity to make new meanings from the material of their lives.

Each spring, the CAT Youth Theatre company (young people in high school) presents a full production of an original work in a professional venue.  Three times a year, the Junior Youth Theatre company (young people in middle school) present original work at the CAT studio.

Last year, CAT Youth Theatre Program Director Helen White was New York 1's New Yorker of the Week! Congratulations, Helen!

There is no audition or tuition and members are invited on a first come, first served basis.  The criterion: a commitment to be an active and collaborative participant.  For more information about joining, call (212) 652-2828, email Maureen.Donohue@cuny.edu, or CLICK HERE to apply!


CAT Youth Theatre receives generous support from the New York City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Also available:  Ask your school to work with CAT’s NYC Student Shakespeare FestivalMiddle School Program, or High School Program.

To provide young people with hands-on opportunities to create original theatre experiences from their own ideas that will stimulate:

  • Creativity
  • Self-esteem and resiliency
  • Broader horizons
  • A strong sense of community
  • Reflection on what it means to be a theatre-maker and an active, engaged citizen in society
  • Social awareness and activism through theatre.

 

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Since its founding in 1995, CAT Youth Theatre has:

  • Presented over 50 original ensemble shows, all created and performed by members
  • Held 12-hour, non-stop, sponsored improvisation marathons
  • Performed, by invitation, in Chicago, London, the U.N., and as the first American company ever selected for the international Contacting the World Youth Theatre Festival in Liverpool, England
  • Motivated approximately 70% of its members to graduate from high school and go on to college
  • Seen alumni achieve careers in the arts, business, the military, and other pursuits. Several have returned after graduation to become professional CAT teaching artists

 

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Save the Date- CAT Youth Theatre 2015 February Show!

We hope you'll join us at the Baruch Performing Arts Center for CAT Youth Theatre's 2015 production.

Friday, February 20th, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 21st, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, February 22nd, 2:30pm
Tuesday, February 24th, 5:00pm- For Youth Groups
Friday, February 27th, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 28th, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, March 1st, 2:30pm and 7:30pm

For more information, including to arrange youth groups, contact Maureen Donohue at 212.652.2828 or maureen.donohue@cuny.edu.

Previous Shows

Themes for investigation vary from year to year in response to the group’s interests and concerns. Recent shows include:

IN TRUTH - 2014 CAT Youth Theatre Original Production

From childhood, we are told to tell the truth, believe certain truths, and be true to ourselves and to each other. But how do we know the truth? Whose truth dominates and how are we misled?   IN TRUTH asked audiences to consider their own relationships with truth. Within our families or within our society, what are the stories we are told and those we choose to tell? Why are certain things harder for us to talk honestly about? From sex to drugs, from our current relationships to our past history, the CAT Youth Theatre examined these questions and more in an entertaining and provocative original production.

INSIDE OUT - 2013 CAT Youth Theatre Original Production

What meaning can we make from viewing the world through the concept of Inside Out?  Sweaters and socks can be turned inside out - but so can people and lives. When do we view things from the inside out and when from the outside in? Can we ever know someone inside out? Through a myriad of themes including relationships, responsibilities, health, and poverty, the CAT Youth Theatre presents INSIDE OUT, an entertaining and provocative original piece.

“Our year began with a shooting on the street outside the Empire State Building – right around the corner from where we were meeting. Later in the semester, New York City was hit by hurricane Sandy. It was probably not surprising that much of our work seemed to be concerned with how easily our lives can be turned inside out,” says CAT Youth Theatre founder and program director Helen White. “And yet amongst the upheaval, it also became even more important to laugh and celebrate life. The show uses the concept of INSIDE OUT to constantly flip the way we view the world.”

SEEKING JUSTICE - SPRING 2012 ORIGINAL CAT YOUTH THEATRE SHOW

What is our relationship to justice? Who does justice serve? When and how should we fight for justice?

In a time where celebrity court cases and high-profile crimes are all over the news and protests over injustices have erupted in New York and around the globe, questions of what is just, and how justice is even defined, are more relevant than ever. The CUNY Creative Arts Team's CAT Youth Theatre will explore many facets of justice in its upcoming original production of SEEKING JUSTICE, created by the members of the CAT Youth Theatre.

"SEEKING JUSTICE developed from the young people's observations on how they see the Justice System and then reflecting on what justice really is - and should be" says CAT Youth Theatre founder and program director Helen White. "Since November, the 31 members who are working on this production have been researching different kinds of justice - from the legal system to street justice, from vengeance to forgiveness, from families to schools - to generate original theatre that grapples with the question what IS justice? And who should decide?"

The Power Game: Looked at relationships to power, responsibilties of power, and what kinds of power young people have.

From Time to Time: Toured to communities of older adults and explored the question, “What does it mean to have lived a good life?’

What Lies Beneath: Explored death, grief, Alzheimer’s, suicide, sexuality, Facebook.

Gone to Look for America: “What does it mean to be American?” Themes included politics, history, race, debt, and the struggles of everyday New Yorkers.

War Zones: Explored literal and metaphorical sources of conflict, including HIV/Aids, gangs, the role of the media, home and family.

 

 


NYSCA  logoDCA logoThis program is supported in part by funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

 

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About the Friends of the CAT Youth Theatre

Launched in 2013, the Friends of the CAT Youth Theatre are Youth Theatre Alumni and other supporters who produce events for the Youth Theatre community to come together to perform, celebrate, socialize, and raise funds to support the program.

In December, the Variety Show Extravaganza! marked the first friends-produced event. Stay tuned for more to come in 2014!

Are you interested in getting involved with the Youth Theatre?  Want to help us plan activities, produce reunion events, fundraise, and keep the Youth Theatre community active throughout the year (and be a part of it yourself)? What ideas do you have?

Join the Friends of the CAT Youth Theatre! If you are interested in becoming a Friend, let us know!

Helen White
Program Director

Joey Schultz
Associate Program Director

Maureen Donohue
Program Manager

Kevin Ray
Assistant Director

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