from our friends at Actor's Youth Theatre:
We are excited to welcome Emmi Payne as our interim Executive Director! Emmi has been with us since January and has contributed so much to the positive culture and enthusiasm here at AYT. She went to Grand Canyon University for 2 years where she worked as a Theater Technician and has worked as a stage manager at both GCU and Greasepaint Youth Theater. Her experience with operations, summer camps, dance, cheer, and special needs are all the more reasons Emmi fits right in with the culture at AYT!
We’re also excited to welcome Stephen as the Interim Artistic Director at AYT. He started his professional career at the age of 13 and has toured with such shows as The Full Monty, Sesame Street Live!, and Pinkalicious: The Musical. Although a recent transplant from New York City, Stephen is no stranger to the Phoenix theatre scene with a number of shows at Arizona Broadway Theatre and the Herberger Theaters Center under his belt. He believes arts education helps to create not only better performers, but provides young adults with the tools needed for success in the future. We can’t wait to see where his artistic vision takes AYT. Welcome Stephen!