100 Creatives

Xanthia Walker of Phoenix's Rising Youth Theatre: 100 Creatives

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 50. Xanthia Walker.

Xanthia Walker does it for the kids. But her work in youth theater goes beyond that.

Walker, who co-founded Rising Youth Theatre and teaches at Arizona School for the Arts, aims to build and connect communities. "We create socially relevant original plays through partnerships between communities, professional artists, and youth," Walker says of her work with Rising Youth, which has produced seven new works, recently wrapped up View From the Tracks: the Lightrail Plays (performances that took place with youth and adult performers on the Light Rail), and kicks off its fourth year as a company this September.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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