Big Brain Awards

Xanthia Walker of Rising Youth Theatre: 2015 Big Brain Awards Finalist, Performing Art

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See also: Announcing the 2015 Big Brain Finalists

This is how Walker envisioned Rising Youth Theatre working when she and Sullivan came up with the idea in 2009, incorporating kids into every aspect of the production from writing to lighting.

Walker and Sullivan originally looked to Chicago as the place to start Rising Youth Theatre, until she found an abundance of similarly focused theaters in the city. But not in Phoenix.

"Phoenix didn't have a theater company exactly like ours already," Walkers says. "There was space."

Walker says she wanted to create a place where she could share the experiences of young people through cool art and collaboration.

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