SF Youth Theatre creates and produces original theatre productions that speak to the unique sensibilities of youth.
THE AFTERLIFE in Bosnia & Herzegovina
NOVEMBER 2019. SFYT was invited to attend the Kestenburg Festival of International Student Theatre in Bosnia & Herzegovina. See our slide show of some of the wonderful events: performances, workshops, media publicity and beautiful Banja Luka.
SFYT's Teen Written and Directed ONE ACT FESTIVAL
Plays written and directed by:
Adam Cuadra, Zay Joseph, Alexander Lewis, Yasamin Marashi, Shaaravi & Daniel Antonio Vigil
Facilitated by Bianca Catalan & Dyana Diaz
A witches' coven influences the US election. A girl faces the aftermath of sexual assault. A Catholic priest faces his mortality. A wealthy doctor is called on to resuscitate a homeless man. A stranger arrives at a train station. One-act plays written by amazing SFYT teens as they contemplate the issues of their world through theatre. MAY 2019
STILL LIFE WITH IRIS by Stven Dietz Directed byMaica Folch & Sally Davis
Still Life With Iris is a fantastical adventure which centers on a little girl's search for the simplest of things: home. When Iris' coat is taken from her, she loses the memory of her past. The only clue that remains is a single button, which, with the help of friends, helps her find her way home. APRIL 2019
AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS
Based on the book by Gennifer Choldenko
Adapted by David Bareford
Directed by Lauren Unbekant
Sound, Music and Sets by Emmett Van Slyke
A full-scale multimedia production about the families who worked and lived on Alcatraz during the 1930s. Teenaged Moose’s sister has autism, and no school will accept her as a student. When Moose seeks out the help of a notorious criminal inside the prison, he learns about the meaning of family love and true friends. MAY 2019
THE BURIALS by Caitlin Parrish
PERFORMED BY SFYT’S DREAM ENSEMBLE Directed by Cliff Mayotte
San Francisco Youth Theatre is pleased to present the West Coast Premiere Caitlin Parrish’s The Burials. FEBRUARY 2018
Another day, another school shooting--only this time the shooter is the son of a prominent politician running for office. While daughter Sophie struggles with whether to support her father or reject his pro-gun stance, her classmates turn against her as they grieve the loss of their friends and their hope for the future.
The Burials takes a long, hard look at how high school youth affected by gun violence examine their place and value in the world. The playincorporates dynamic multimedia video and sound design as it examines social media’s role in the continuing debate about mass shootings.
MAPA@ Brava presents... BETWEEN DIRT AND SKY A musical inspired by the life of César Chávez
Written by Charles Eurydice Gray & Lisa Quoresimo Directed by Marcelo Pereira withMAPA@Brava
Performed by: San Francisco Youth Theatre
Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza
Mariachi Juvenil La Misión Production Design by San Francisco Running Crew
Inspired by the life of American civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, Between Dirt & Sky fuses the early events of the American farm labor movement with the personal struggles of those who lived it. Set on the cusp of great change and social upheaval, Between Dirt & Sky explores the psyche of a uniquely American leader whose story is inspirational to both those steeped in the lore of La Causa (the cause) and to those new to its discovery. APRIL 2018
HOMEGROWN ONE ACT FESTIVAL SFYT's First Student Written and Directed One-Act Festival
It’s going down…
Eight SFYT playwrights have created a brilliant collection of one-act plays that tell stories of having an incarcerated parent, Black Lives Matter, the Beauty Standard, LGBT relationships, being an artist, and yes, our changing San Francisco. Directed, acted and produced by the playwrights. MAY 2017
HOPE & THE MISSION A Bilingual coming of age story at the intersection of self-discovery and a changing Mission.
Written by Javier Hurtado
Directed by Gendell Hing-Hernandez withMAPA@Brava
Performed by SFYT 415 Teen Ensemble & Cuicacalli.
Music by Emily Klion, George Brooks & Marcelo Pereira
Hope and the Mission is a bilingual coming-of-age story revolving around the young character Hope whose Mission District family finds themselves on the sidelines of a changing neighborhood and at odds with each other over generational differences. Alongside the theme of gentrification, the play examines cultural identity and gender fluidity through song, dance, and humor. APRIL 2017
HAMLET The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. San Francisco 2016
Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Cliff Mayotte
Music by Schuyler Karr
Performed by SFYT DREAM ENSEMBLE San Francisco Youth Theatre is proud to present SFYT DREAM Ensemble in William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet. SFYT’s production is set against the backdrop of present day San Francisco, with Shakespeare's Danish monarchy transformed into tech giant Elsinore.com.
THE LAST WILD WITCH Book by Starhawk Adapted and Directed by Sally Davis & Maica Folch Music by Emily Klion How can a group of children magically save their forest when the grown-ups are against them? By listening to the dreams of a wise, wise woman of course. Performed by SFYT's Elementary Ensemble, MadCap Players. MARCH 2016
BY MIQUEL DE CERVANTES Directed by Paul Collins with MAPA@Brava
Adapted by John Litten Music by Maggie McKaig and Emily Klion
Musical Direction by Marcelo Pereira Costumes by Susana Aragón Sets and Lighting by SF Running Crew
Miquel de Cervantes' timeless Don Quixote is the comical and inspiring story of an iconic visionary who sees the world in a magical way. The story's colorful characters of Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, Dulcinea, knights in shining armor, puppets and dueling windmills have inspired audiences for centuries. Performed by SF Youth Theatre’s 415 Teen Ensemble. MAY 2016