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What is RIYT?

About RIYT   Rhode Island Youth Theater (RIYT) (formerly Fantasy Works Youth Theatre) has expanded its role in the Rhode Island community, offering new opportunities for our students to CREATE, PERFORM, and EXPERIENCE exceptional theatre.  Our selection of a new name, Rhode Island Youth Theatre (RIYT), celebrates the addition of brand new programs — such as Young PlayRIYTs and Show Chorus –while preserving the …

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History & Awards

History Rhode Island Youth Theatre (RIYT), known as Fantasy Works Youth Theater for the first 23 years of its history, emerged from the ideas presented in an original paper on talent development, written by Ann O’Grady as she pursued her doctorate at the University of Connecticut. The paper was entitled “The Real Work of Fantasy,” and described a …

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Our Staff

 Ann O’Grady, Ph.D. – Executive Director of RIYT Ann O’Grady, the executive director and founder of Rhode Island Youth Theatre, has 40 years of teaching experience and holds a Ph.D in education from the University of Connecticut. In 1995, she was honored to receive the Milken National Educator Award. In 2009, she was named a RI Fellow …

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Wondering if RIYT programs are right for you?  Hear what current and past students, apprentices, teen employees, and parents have to say about their RIYT experiences. “One of the most unique opportunities I have ever had was the ability to create my own costume designs and have them made by a professional costumer. It was …

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Board of Directors

Officers: Ariane Famiglietti – President Elisa Cardone — Treasurer Barbara Brusini — Secretary Trustees: Leslie Baxter Justin Foster Ex-Officio Nancy Hillner  (Non-voting) Ariane Famiglietti — President Ariene spent 6 years with Fantasy Works as a performer, stage hand, and assistant stage manager from 1992-1998 and counts those as some of her best experiences. Since leaving Fantasy Works, she graduated from …

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Job Opportunities

This summer, high school and college students planning careers in the arts will join our staff as: Directors Choreographers Stage managers Musicians Technical, set, and costume designers. RIYT is proud to offer summer jobs to RI’s emerging artists. Please note: All summer 2015 internships have been filled. Please check back with us in January 2016 for Summer …

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