Riverland Youth Theatre (RYT) services the Riverland of South Australia, a region extending over 150kms along the Murray River from Blanchetown to the Victorian border, encompassing five major townships (Barmera, Berri, Renmark, Loxton & Waikerie) and surrounding communities. As the only dedicated Youth Arts organisation in the region, RYT seeks to provide a platform for the positive promotion of youth culture. Activities are tailored to the specific demands of Riverland communities.

RYT is one of only two regional youth theatre companies in South Australia. In 2010 the company celebrated 25 years of offering young people across the Riverland relevant and high quality performing arts experiences. This includes opportunities to develop their own creative expression, increase their performance and technical skills, follow personal career development pathways and produce quality contemporary theatre that is relevant to them, their cultures and communities.

RYT responds to the culture of the place it inhabits by creating work that provides a voice for its young people and ensures that they are heard. RYT breaks down cultural and geographical barriers by working with the community to respond to the social needs of young people. While RYT’ s central focus is on high quality artistic outcomes and opportunities for young people, through the very nature of the artistic process and through the strategic partnerships we form with other community service providers, secondary outcomes in areas such as health, welfare, justice and cultural awareness are engrained in our work.

Principal Goals:

1.Participate – To provide contemporary programs which motivate, inspire and stimulate creativity with young people and the regional community

2:Innovate – Develop creative programs that push boundaries, inspire and nurture diverse interests and abilities

3:Collaborate – Develop and maintain partnerships and interactions in the community

4:Advocate – To engage local community organisations and individuals in the value of Arts practice and the benefits to our young people in the areas of mental health,social inclusion and more.

Supporting Goals

COMPREHENSIVE & WIDE-REACHING COMMUNICATIONS: To communicate and articulate our messages clearly and effectively to our membership, to the broader arts industry, to political decision makers and to the general public.