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Our mission is to educate, inspire and grow youth to reach their fullest potential on stage and in life.

Actors Youth Theatre

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To our Valued Community:

The Board of Directors of Actor’s Youth Theatre, in transparency, would like to provide an update to the unfortunate situation that was discovered November 17th 2021.

 

As many of the community are aware, the previous Treasurer of Actor’s Youth Theatre, Jennifer Coon, over the course of 15 months, embezzled over $50,000 in funds.  Ms. Coon also neglected to pay the full rent for the building for 7 months resulting in approximately $77,000 in back rent owed.   The Board of Directors has been working directly with the Gilbert Police Department and the Maricopa County Attorney.  We have been notified by the County Attorney that the charges filed and provided to Ms. Coon at her Initial Appearance are:  Count 1 Theft a class 2 Felony, Count 2 Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices a class 2 Felony, Count 3,4,5 Forgery a class 4 Felony.  We will be working with the County Attorney Victim services to come to a final resolution and amount for restitution.

The Board of Directors of Actor’s Youth Theatre have been working with our landlord and maintaining open communication to keep the doors open.   Unfortunately, the impact of the actions of Ms. Coon have severely affected our cash flow and our future budget.  As we patiently wait for the court’s decision on how much or if we will receive restitution on the money stolen, AYT still struggles with the result of Ms.Coon’s actions.    AYT has faced many challenges in our past and without our valued supporters we would not have overcome them.  We have a large challenge now and need the help of our community once again.

As Giving Tuesday approaches please consider AYT when donating to help the theatre continue to provide a safe and creative space for students and staff.

 

With gratitude

AYT Board of Directors

Current Shows & Events

Actor's Youth Theatre produces Premiere, Junior, and Encore shows, as well as special events throughout the year. We hope to see you in the theatre soon!

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RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER JR

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WINNIE THE POOH KIDS

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Auditions

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Chicago teen edition

 

Auditions:

Tues, November 29th

6-9pm

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Dancing, Singing, & Acting Classes

Our team is here to train your kiddos in every step of their theatrical journey.  Our education program offers everything from beginning dance, acting, and voice to advanced levels! We teach kids from 5-20 years old.

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Private Lessons Will Help Hone Talents.

Vocal, Piano, Dance, Acrobatics, and Violin Lessons are some of the private lessons available at Actor's Youth Theatre.  We offer lessons from beginning to advanced students and everywhere in between! Please contact us to inquire about schedule and availability.

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*ESA funding accepted as payment.

Why Choose AYT?

We are an award-winning, non-profit theatre offering highly qualified educators, exceptional productions, and specialized training for your young performers. Founded in 2006, Actor's Youth Theatre is driven to provide excellence in our youth programs and productions.  AYT has a history of programming theatrical experiences for children 3-18.  We produce theatrical events from musicals to plays - classics to contemporary favorites.  We train young actors, singers, and dancers.  Our theatre is also committed to removing barriers to participation through accessibility programs.  

Our Team Rocks!

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

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We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit.  We rely heavily on Donations, Sponsors, Partners, and other sources to create efficent revenue to continue our programming to its fullest potential.

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