YouthAware - New Conservatory Theater Center v ---

Since 1986, YouthAware has used theater as a platform to help schools and communities dialogue about issues that might otherwise be difficult to approach in a classroom setting. YouthAware plays have explored issues like HIV & /AIDS education, peer pressure,  substance abuse, dating violence, homophobia, stereotypes, race, gender expectations, and school safety by using age-appropriate stories and characters that are developed to resonate closely with our diverse Bay Area audiences.


YouthAware programs support health and wellness curriculum for SFUSD, and are designed to help communities ask tough questions about equity and inclusion in a safe and engaging format.


YouthAware Program Features


  • Professionally trained teaching-artists who are cast to reflect our diverse audiences
  • Original scripts commissioned by local playwrights
  • Fully-staged productions
  • Minimal site requirements for touring productions
  • Low to no cost for tours or tickets
  • Pre and post-play handouts for educators
  • Facilitated post-play dialogues
  • Workshops tailored to fit your communities’ needs

Contact YouthAware


YouthAware Program Director Erin Merritt: or 415.694.6149


YouthAware Program Associate Nicole Meñez: or 415.694.6160


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YouthAware Testimonials

  • The work that they do positively impacts the views that students have of each other and of themselves.

  • My students and I have been attending the "Get Real" production for many many years and it is a valuable part of our curriculum. The students enjoy the performance and receive the necessary content to fulfill curricular standards that carried further back in the classroom.

  • Students have learned about bullying, diversity and HIV awareness. As they reflected on their year many recalled the lessons they learned at these NCTC plays.

  • There is no better way to educate young people than through live theater. Its impact sticks and it has the power to bring about dialogue which is the key that opens the door to begin change.

  • The YouthAware Programs provide thoughtful messages throughout the performances which stick with my class and provide a forum for discussion.

  • My students have attended NCT educational theater for years. It is an important part of their health education.

  • This program is a wonderful way for our students to gain vital information about a diverse array of issues that affect our youth on a daily basis. We have used them for years to educate our youth and hope to work with them long into the future!

  • These are great programs that provide an excellent place to begin conversations with my students on issues that are difficult to start. As an elementary teacher I have attended these shows for the last seven years.

  • The various topics brought out in YouthAware's "Get Real!" allow for meaningful discussions throughout the school year.

  • The YouthAware Educational Theatre has brought many performances to our school...educating many of our students around topics of HIV/AIDS Awareness, Bullying, Diversity, Homophobia and School Safety. They are engaging performances and extremely informative.

  • These performances are filled with important content delivered in a positive manner that engages our students at every show. They spark wonderful discussions about health issues, bullying and diversity important for our population.

  • These performances make a difference at our school. The presentations always resonate with our student body and the feedback from our students is always positive.

  • I have taken my students to see both anti-bullying and HIV/AIDS awareness plays. I find these plays and the post discussions they engender to be an integral an invaluable portion of my health education curriculum.

  • Outspoken has taught me that it's okay to be different from others. I do not have to match up with any of the stereotypes that exist.

  • After seeing that other people go through the same thing, I felt more comfortable to being who I truly am.

  • When we went back to the classroom they were able to name all of the main understandings of the show.

  • YES! The goofiness was great for kids who understand you were being goofy and just perfect for the younger ones who really enjoyed your goofiness. Also the rapping with engaging for them!