Fresh Faces of The Young Americans Theatre Company

Welcome back to the Young Americans Theatre Blog! We are so excited to share with you some new faces of our company. These new fellows are everything that we had been asking for and much more. Say hello to Eliza, Morgan, and Jamie!

Hello YATC blog-followers! I'm Eliza, one of three new board members. I'm 15 years old and a sophomore at The Northwest School, and I am so excited to be joining the YATC board this year! I loved interning over the summer, and was really hoping to make it onto the board, and here I am! From what I've seen of/heard/learned about YATC so far, I know that it's a really great company, and that I'm going to learn a lot. I'm really interested in learning about theatre from more than just the standpoint of the actor (or the light board op), but instead learning about so much more even than the production of a show. So much goes into running a theatre company, and I definitely used to take a lot of that for granted (and probably still do), but with YATC, I really hope to change that and expand my knowledge and experience in this realm. I'm still learning the ropes, and surely will be for quite a while, but I am so excited for this opportunity to learn and grow and improve.

Hey everyone! My name’s Morgan and I am so excited to already be a big part of YATC even after just a single summer of interning. Obviously, I absolutely love theater myself, and am also the historian for my school, Garfield’s, Drama program. I’ve only acted for about five years, which isn’t all that much in comparison to those who have been in theater since they were three. Originally, I was completely against doing theater, and it was my sister who was mildly interested. However, after an intense and extremely fun summer, the roles were swapped and I couldn’t wait to go back. Once I got to Garfield, I fell in love with Drama there, and I joined almost everything I could have been in as a freshman. I first fully heard about YATC early last year, and got super excited about it. Alas, I was not able to audition for a show, but luckily I was told I could intern, so, with some help from my friend and fellow board member Jamie Williams, I was able to sign up! One thing to know about me is that, despite being an actor, I still get some intense nerves off of the stage, and I was really nervous going into the interview. Nonetheless, things worked out and I had a really great summer meeting a ton of really awesome people, and was really impressed by not only the performances, but also the organization of YATC. Though I spent most of my time sun putting up posters and walking up and down Broadway in the sweltering Seattle heat, I am so glad to have joined up. Also, my angst t-shirt is my favorite, so everybody should totally get one.

Hello YATC blog! My name is Jamie and I am a junior at Garfield High School. My first theatre memory is from fourth grade, when Keni Cohan ran a workshop with our class, called Tom Revere’s Midnight Ride, built into the curriculum to help us learn history. The play was fun and hands-on, and doing it as a class was a great bonding experience, and paired with Keni’s incredible insane creative energy and positivity, the weeklong workshop became one of my most treasured memories of fourth grade.

My first experience with the Young American Theatre Company (YATC) was my audition earlier this year for their summer showcase. The absolute first thing I noticed was the community—a group of teenagers that functioned and communicated like a professionally run theatre company. The environment was fun and full of energy, and it was truly refreshing to be around so much talent and love for theatre. I have never experienced a more passionate, focused, lovely group of people. After a whirlwind casting, rehearsal and performance of our one act, Long Ago and Far Away, I reflect and feel so lucky to have worked with such amazing people who pour so much of themselves into their theatre. Being on the board truly feels like an incredible honor, and it is amazing to collaborate with such friendly, smart and kind-hearted people. Nowadays I have my hands full with various productions at Garfield High School, like last year’s musical, RENT, and the fall show, The Miss Firecracker Contest, as well as this year’s spring show, Peter Pan.

Theatre is important to me for so many reasons—it’s hard to sum it all up in a paragraph.  It has given me a new respect for community, having faith in oneself and in others. It has given me the chance to have my voice heard, to be someone else for a while and make a statement that I would otherwise be too shy to make. It has allowed me to meet amazing friends that push me to muscle through it when things get messy, people who I admire and love and feel honored to collaborate with. Theatre gives me hope for the future—there are things I’ve seen and experienced onstage that I wouldn’t trade for anything, things that helped me understand the world around me and how incredible people are in their ability to express themselves. But honestly the best part about theatre is the people you share the experience with, because they support you and inspire you and push you to new heights that you could never reach alone. When you take a leap, they’re right there with you, and that, to me, is what makes theatre truly amazing—the collaboration and collective love for the art. It’s unlike anything else.

Thank you all for reading. May Bowie be with you. The Young Americans Theatre Company.