By Jennifer Luck, Director of Education and Outreach
Each summer the Paramount Theatre partners with the City of Austin/Travis County’s Work Based Learning Summer Youth Employment program to hire 20-25 high school students for our Youth Theatre Company. The Paramount Youth Theatre Company brings together high school students to create an original piece of theatre about issues important to the community. This original play captures the students’ unique voices through a variety of activities such as personal journaling, dramatic improvisation, dance, and songwriting. The students work together to develop this new play that is ultimately performed on the historic Paramount stage. The program has been in existence since 2009 and continues to inspire and challenge both the student artists and the audiences who have the privilege of seeing their great work on stage.
Every student is required to attend a job readiness training in order to qualify for the program through the city/county and we held ours on March 2nd & 3rd here at the Paramount. We spent 10 hours with our potential ensemble members and could not be more thrilled with the students who will be joining us in the summer. If they qualify, they will each be paid minimum wage, 20 hour a week, for 5 week – TO MAKE ART!!! We love this program and love that the city/county sees that making theatre as a summer job is a valuable one!
The rehearsal process will be June 10th – July 12th from 1-5 pm every Monday – Friday and the final performance will be at the Paramount Theatre on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2 pm. This performance is open to the public and you don’t want to miss it!
Check out the video of the full length, 2012 Paramount Youth Theatre Company production: WORKING
For more info about the program: Check out the link to the City of Austin/Travis County Work Based Learning Summer Youth Employment program website: http://www.co.travis.tx.us/health_human_services/youth_employment_program.asp