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Richmond’s Queer Youth Theatre Program

About the Program

Spectrum is a theatre arts education program for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies in grades 8-12. The program is presented by SPARC in partnership with Richmond Triangle Players. Through a series of rehearsals and workshops, youth will learn the basics of storytelling, performance, production, and playwriting, as they work together to create an original play or musical.

Oftentimes, telling your own personal stories can be intimidating; the goal of this program is for each ensemble member to feel free to express their truth in a safe, supportive, and creative environment. Using the performing arts to break down barriers, youth will be encouraged to use their authentic voice to promote social justice and create systemic change in their communities.

At SPARC, we never want cost of programming to be a barrier for youth, so Spectrum has several payment options for the program.

  • Scholarships are available to students for their participation in the program. The deadline for scholarship applications is Wednesday, October 12, 2022. More information about the scholarship process is below.
  • SPARC’s registration system also has a payment plan feature in order to spread out the cost over the course of the program.

Cost: $790

Program Dates:

October 30, 2022 – March 12, 2023

10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5
(no class on November 27 or December 18-January 22)

Rehearsal and Performance Schedule:

Rehearsals: Sundays from 2:00-5:00pm at SPARC

Tech Rehearsals: Monday-Thursday evenings, March 6-9, 2023

Performances: Weekend evenings and/or afternoons, March 10-12, 2023

Location: Rehearsals will take place at SPARC (2016 N. Hamilton St. Richmond, VA 23230)

Spectrum Scholarship Application Instructions

Families only need to apply for a scholarship once per programmatic year. You are no longer required to reapply for scholarships with each new registration. This means that if you apply for a scholarship for Fall 2022 classes, you won’t need to reapply again for Winter 2023 classes or Summer 2023 camps. If you applied for a scholarship between fall 2021 and summer 2022, you will need to reapply for programs that take place between fall 2022 and summer 2023.

To be considered for Spectrum scholarships, be sure to submit your application by October 12, 2022. 

TO APPLY:

  1. Before you complete and submit your scholarship application, please contact our office. If you have already submitted an application for another program that you would like to use for Spectrum as well, please let us know. We will hold a spot for your student in their preferred program while you work on your scholarship application. Please wait to enroll in class until you’ve heard from SPARC by email with details about your scholarship award level.
  1. Use this online form to complete and submit your scholarship request.
  1. After you submit your application, we will contact you by email no later than October 17, 2022 to confirm your award level. Scholarship awards range from approximately 25% to 95%.  Additional information about the scholarship award process is included in the online application.
  1. When we send your award amount, we will also provide you with the information you’ll need to enroll your student(s) and apply your scholarship award to discount the cost accordingly.

FOR TEENS:
Are you a teenager who needs to cover program costs on your own? If so, please call or email us to discuss how we can help you to address payments. We look forward to talking with you!

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions about the scholarship application process, please contact our office at sparc@sparcrichmond.org, or call us at 804.353.3393 ext. 227.

Spectrum is a program in partnership with:

Questions?

Contact Program Manager, Paul Major, at pmajor@sparcrichmond.org.