When John Goldring founded Alaska Theatre of Youth in 1983 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 has been one of the few non-school district organizations to offer quality theatrical training in Anchorage. We believe all Anchorage youth should have fair access to the theatre experiences we offer. We provide a supportive and safe environment for kids to expand and explore their abilities.
Our classes are taught and our shows are directed by some of the city's best educators and professionals. Over the years we have culminated outstanding partnerships with a number of organizations, including Alaska Center for the Performing Arts as their Resident Company, University of Alaska--Anchorage, Aquarian Charter School, Anchorage School District through their School Business Partnership with teaching and mentoring, and Out North Contemporary Art House.
Now, as we jump into 2020 - our 36th Season, we are extending our reach to partner with other excellent community members, including Cyrano's Theatre Company, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, and Anchorage Youth Development Coalition.