New youth-run theater company announces first production

Childsplay, a local theater for kids and families, has started a new youth-run company comprised entirely of veteran Childsplay Academy students called Youth Ensemble Theater Incorporated, or Y.E.T.i., according to a press release.

These students will be working together to create honest and professional theatre experiences for Arizona audiences, according to a press release. Each ensemble member has studied in Childsplay’s Conservatory program, a progressive course for students developing more advanced acting skills.

Kicking off the 2015 Childsplay Summer Academy, Y.E.T.i. will be producing their first production “The Good Doctor” by Neil Simon. The show will premiere at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, in May, directed by Childsplay Associate Artist Debra K. Stevens, according to the press release.

“This is a really exciting new project. It’s a step from Childsplay Academy and into the next phase,” said Childsplay Artistic Director David Saar in the press release. “These young artists have moved from taking classes to creating a theatre company. It’s a whole new step and I’m really proud of Y.E.T.i. for taking this initiative and thrilled Childsplay is a part of this innovative new project.”

Managing everything from production operations, marketing, education outreach, and administration, Y.E.T.i. members are exploring the full frontier of theatre. Y.E.T.i. is ready to stomp onto the scene and expand their reach in the Arizona theater community.

“Y.E.T.i. feels like the perfect next step for young artists who have come through the Carol Duval Whiteman Conservatory program at Childsplay Academy,” said Childsplay Managing Director Steve Martin. “This is a unique way to provide comprehensive training to young people who are ready to learn about the big picture of creating theatre that reflects Childsplay’s creative process. We hope that this immersion in the ensemble theatre process will not only encourage young people to continue their theatre studies, but will have long-term benefits to their education and future careers.”

To learn more about Y.E.T.i., visit, or find them on Facebook (, Twitter (@YETIncorporated) or Instagram (@YETIncorporated).



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