Episode 70: Out Youth Theater – Revelatory Experience for Performers and Audience

The Theater Offensive presents the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation, challenges the status quo, and builds thriving communities. Evelyn Francis, Interim Artistic Director, discusses their youth program – a national model for creative youth development – where young people not only create original work and share it back to the community, but are true partners in developing a range of expanded opportunities within the program.

Evelyn Francis. Photo by Joel Benjamin.Evelyn Francis, Interim Artistic Director at The Theater Offensive, is a theatre artist, award-winning educator, and established arts administrator with experience working directly with over 10 Boston area arts organizations. Evelyn’s M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College culminated in a thesis, which examined the effects of devised work in the lives of LGBTQ youth.

Evelyn joined The Theater Offensive as the lead teaching artist for True Colors: Out Youth Theater in 2001. As a result of her work with the program, True Colors was the first-ever LGBTQ youth program to win a National Arts and Humanities Youth Programs Award, the nation’s highest honor in creative youth development. In 2010 she became Director of Programs and in 2018 she became TTO’s Interim Artistic Director.

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