Firebird Receives National Youth Arts Awards! (2017)

In August 2017, National Youth Arts announced the award recipients for 2016-17. Firebird Youth Theater received four awards and one nomination for our 2017 production of Romeo + Juliet.

Awards:

Benny Rendell - Outstanding Lead Actor (Romeo)
Naomi Murphy - Outstanding Lead Actress (Juliet)
Leo Lion - Outstanding Director
Company - Outstanding Ensemble

Nominees:

Alioune Fall - Supporting Actor

Congratulations to everyone, Firebird is very excited to receive this honor!

Some of Romeo + Juliet Cast, Director Leo Lion, Dramaturge Zoe Senese-Grossberg, and NYA founder Robert Hopper at NYA award ceremony


Romeo + Juliet Performed June 16th-18th (2017)

Romeo + Juliet, directed by Leo Lion, is an exploration of age and generational dynamics, the teenage struggle for independence and affirmation, and the difficulty of communication across generations.

Find out more...

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is the most famous love story of all time – but who is it really about? Firebird’s answer is: “It’s about teenagers.” Grounding their production in the evocative themes of youth and growth, FYT is pulling age to the foreground with a mixed-age cast of adults and teens. This intergenerational, present-day take on the Elizabethan classic is tailored to resonate with modern teenagers and make the trials of the play’s young heroes hit close to home for the new generation.

More info on the show page...


Interview with Leo Lion on John Holt Blog

Patrick Farenga interviewed Firebird founder Leo Lion and another teen director from Boston about their work in youth-led theater, for a piece on the John Holt blog, Growing Without Schooling. Check out his article, "More Teenage Drama? Yes!"


Firebird Receives National Youth Arts Awards! (2016)

In August 2016, National Youth Arts announced the award recipients for 2015-16. Firebird Youth Theater received four awards and five nominations for our 2016 production of Treasure Island.

Awards:

Alioune Fall - Outstanding Supporting Actor
Leigh Stern - Outstanding Supporting Actress
Leo Lion - Outstanding Director
Company - Outstanding Ensemble

Nominees:

Jeremiah Burch - Supporting Actor
Julien Feret - Supporting Actor
Leo Lion - Supporting Actor
Benny Rendell - Supporting Actor
Kenzo Repola - Original Music/Sound Design

Congratulations to everyone, Firebird is very excited to receive this honor!

Some of Treasure Island Cast, Director Leo Lion, and Stage Manager Thomas Pflanz at NYA award ceremony.

Some of Treasure Island Cast, Director Leo Lion, and Stage Manager Thomas Pflanz at NYA award ceremony.


Firebird Covered in TDF Stages

An article by Raven Snook about the work FYT does with young people, our origins, and what theatre means for young people was published in TDF Stages Magazine on May 2nd, 2016. Visit the article at the link below:

Theatre by Teens for Audiences of All Ages

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND - Photo by Katherine Bourbeau

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND - Photo by Katherine Bourbeau


Treasure Island Performed May 5th-8th (2016)

When a drunk old sailor and a secret map arrive on the doorstep of a coastal English tavern, innkeeper's son Jim Hawkins finds himself falling fast into an adventure that will change his life for good.

In 2015, Firebird Youth Theater returned to the stage in Treasure Island – a brand-new original adaptation of the classic adventure story by Robert Louis Stevenson. A small but versatile cast breathes new life into a rollicking ocean journey full of mystery, murder, and treasure.

More info on the show page...


Interview with Leo Lion and Thomas Pflanz of FYT for The Huffington Post

Artistic Director Leo Lion and Resident Stage Manager Thomas Pflanz were interviewed by Joanne Rendell for a new article on The Huffington Post about what the process and motivation is behind youth-led theatre work, and their time collaborating on Firebird productions.

Firebirds: Teen-Run Theater Company Brings Treasure Island Off-Broadway

Leo Lion and Thomas Pflanz in tech rehearsal for Treasure Island (2016)

Leo Lion and Thomas Pflanz in tech rehearsal for Treasure Island (2016)


Firebird Receives National Youth Arts Awards!

In August 2015, National Youth Arts announced the award recipients for 2014-15. Firebird Youth Theater received three awards and two nominations for our 2015 production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Awards:

Leigh Stern - Outstanding Lead Actress
Leo Lion - Outstanding Director
Company - Outstanding Ensemble

Nominees:

Alioune Fall - Supporting Actor
Kaiulani Lee - Supporting Actress

Congratulations to everyone, Firebird is very excited to receive this honor!

Some of Alice Cast and Director Leo Lion at NYA award ceremony. Sara Margolis (18) speaks on behalf of the ensemble. Photo by Joanne Rendell


An article by Joanne Rendell about our 2015 production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published on Huffington Posts's Education Section on May 26th, 2015.

Bringing the Wonder Back to Alice

Company in Character: Cast-Party at Alice in Wonderland Statue in Central Park – Photo by Joanne Rendell

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