BYLP was developed in 2017 as an extension of BackStory’s work study program for advanced students and in an effort to expand leadership opportunities for students interested in pursuing higher education in the fields of theatre arts, teaching, and public service. Students ages 14-18, identified through peer or instructor recommendation, work in cohorts of three with an adult supervisor to develop summer theater programs for beginning and intermediate performers ages 8-13 which culminate in stage shows at the Broomfield Auditorium. In addition, Youth Leaders collaborate throughout the winter or spring to produce an original play for public performance. Throughout the year, BYLP members teach free workshops in community spaces for local youth as a service project. Participants meet quarterly to review roles and responsibilities and learn essential skills for classroom management, theatrical direction, stage show production, stage management, marketing, and script writing. A Steering Committee is elected from the larger group during their spring learning summit to meet monthly and learn the production and management aspect of the BYLP and the theatre company. In 2019, BYLP members will teach and produce 7 public shows with over 70 young actors through fee-based summer camps, provide 4 free workshops for approximately 40 youth at The Refuge, and produce The Realm, an entirely youth-led production at the Broomfield Auditorium! Though 2020 threw us a few curve balls, our amazing leaders led 6 summer performance classes online and in the studio, adapting to COVID requirements with admirable flexibility and assisted with several free in-person and online workshops throughout the spring and summer!


Applications for 2021 are now being accepted through January 20th and will be voted on in late-January for 1-year terms beginning right away. Candidates must be actively involved with BackStory programs and have participated in at least one Youth Theatre production and/or two Academy classes.  BYLP 2021 Application

In winter and spring 2021, BYLP will be supporting a collaboration project with Rocky Ridge Music's young composers program to explore non-binary gender themes through classical (operatic) composition, storytelling, performance, and puppetry.