Attention Middle & High Schools!

I Am/We Are

Young Audiences of Northern California works with AXIS Dance Company, New Conservatory Theatre Center's YouthAware, and San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus to bring powerful and socially-relevant assembly performances to Bay Area middle and high schools with our "I Am/We Are" program. With timely and necessary exploration of the challenges facing teens in today's America, these three performing arts groups showcase honest and diverse perspectives through theatre, dance, and music. 

Participating Arts Organizations: 
AXIS Dance Company showcases contemporary dance choreography that emphasizes collaboration among people of all physical abilities. Performances promote tolerance, inclusion, and acceptance. Students leave with a broader definition of what dance can be and what a dancer looks like and are empowered with the message that anything is possible.
 
New Conservatory Theatre Center’s YouthAware program features Outspoken, a fast-paced and often funny play for middle and high school students. Realistic, young characters tackle a range of teen concerns—gender expression, sexual identity, body image and self-esteem, labeling and stereotyping—demonstrating interactions from the productive to the utterly dysfunctional.
 
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ RHYTHM (Reaching Hearts of Youth Through Hope and Music) program presents choral performances by their 18-30 member ensembles that reflects diverse voices and faces. Each performance includes choral singing, sharing of anecdotes from ensemble members with the audience, and a Q&A opportunity.  Relying heavily on the “It Gets Better” national campaign, RHYTHM unites allies in solidarity against the pervasive climate of bullying and teen violence.
 
Please note: These new programs are now available with some scheduling limitations.  If you are interested in learning more about this project, don’t hesitate to call Christell soon: christell@ya-nc.org or call her directly at (415) 974-5554, ext. 7262 for more information about this program.