Serving Alaska's Youth Since 1984
When John Goldring founded Alaska Theatre of Youth in 1983m he established a pilot program at McLaughlin Youth Center to use performing arts as a path out of difficulties for youth trapped in destructive life patterns. ATY soon created a base at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and expanded its offerings to all children interested in theatre. Throughout the 90s and 2000s, ATY was one of the few non-school district organizations to offer quality theatrical training in Anchorage.
In 2003, ATY relocated its offices to the Mountain View community, one of the lower-income, under-served areas of Anchorage. We at ATY believe that family income should not stand between youth and quality education experiences. ATY also provides complimentary tickets to social service agencies across Anchorage. In 2011, ATY moved to midtown when our Mountain View location was sold and demolished. We are now partnered with Aquarian Charter School, located in a lower-income area of Turnagain, and working with them to create a safe and friendlyIn 2006, ATY gained Resident Company status at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. In doing so, it became the only locally producing youth threatre company with such a status. In the 2009/2010 Season, ATY changed from 4 to 6 mainstage shows at the ACPA to make optimal use of the rental and run 2 shows simultaneously in repertory. In 2015, ATY partnered not only with the ACPA, but with Out North Contemporary Arthouse, to expose young people to different kinds of theatrical performance space. These mainstage productions include special schools performances that are attended by classes from Anchorage, the Valley, and Kenai Peninsula.