Thank You To Our Sponsors


Your Support is VYTal...

VYTal Affair 2017
Soirée IN THE Swamp

It was a Shrek-tacular night!
(pictured Hope Ozer, Joe Chandler, Traci Chandler, Bobb Cooper, Karol Cooper, Billie Jo Herberger and Judd Herberger VYTal 2017 August 19)

2017 VYTALITY Award Honorees
 Fennemore Craig, P.C.Karol Cooper, Mark Fearey & Bobb Cooper

Reasons to Support VYT

  • Over the past five seasons, VYT has made an impact on more than 200,000 children and their families through public and school performances, workshops and youth development programs.         
  • VYT encourages young people to overcome their fears by building self-confidence and self-esteem. Learning how to act, sing and dance are by-products of a larger benefit that VYT gives its performers: Valley Youth Theatre Builds Character from Characters!
  • Other youth theatre companies have pay-to-play fees, charge for costumes and set ticket sales quotas, but VYT remains fee-free for all performers in our mainstage productions.
  • Sponsor-A-Seat. Each season, more than 1,000 disadvantaged children from dozens of different social service organizations attend a free performance at the Herberger Theater Center and enjoy a complimentary lunch with the cast and crew!
  • Literacy and the Arts. Since 1994, more than 60,000 students from inner-city schools (94% minorities) have participated in VYT’s Literacy and the Arts program which connects the page-to-the-stage by combining the power of words with the magic of live theatre. Each child receives a copy of their very own book related to one of our productions, studies our specially-designed curriculum and then witnesses the book being brought to life on the stage -- all free of charge to the students who attend participating Metro Phoenix Title 1 Schools.
  • School trip performances. Despite massive state budget cuts to Arizona schools, VYT has made integrating arts into education affordable by offering greatly-reduced ticket prices to educators who bring thousands of students from schools all across the Valley to see our productions each season.


VYT is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization

Your contribution TO VYT is 100% tax-deductible. Please know that your financial support ensures that the mission we began 26 years ago, and the impact that we have made on the lives of thousands of young people, will continue and thrive.  The proof  of our impact  is in the profiles of the young people who have gone on to become our community’s leaders – lawyers, doctors, business professionals, police officers – and, yes, our nation’s actors, actresses, singers and writers. 

When you support Valley Youth Theatre, you become part of the VYT team.  YOU can share the credit for the difference we’ve made in the lives of the outstanding children who come through our doors.  Please help us provide our community’s youth with the opportunity to “be the very best they can be!”


Spotlight: Alumni


Kimiko graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan as a musical theatre major and was honored to represent the Musical Theatre department in the school's "Collage" performance in October, 2006. She was a 2007 NFAA youngARTS Winner in Theater and one of fifty youths nominated nationally to be a 2007 Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

She attended Boston Conservatory and was cast in the role of Thea in the national tour of Broadway's 2007 Tony award winning Best Musical SPRING AWAKENING.

VYT audiences enjoyed Kimiko for over seven years, as Demeter in CATS, Ursula Merkle in BYE BYE BIRDIE for which she received an ariZoni Award, Aunt Sponge in JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, and Turtle in A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, Young Frog and Squirrel. She also performed as Ayah in THE SECRET GARDEN, ensemble in the joint VYT/Phoenix Theatre production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: INTO THE WOODS. 

Glenn has also appeared in feature films Construction; Nous York; and Hairbrained starring Brendan Fraser & Parker Posey; and the movie-musical short, Galaxy Comics, by director Kevin McMullin. In 2014, she joined the cast of the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black as Brook Soso. She has also appeared in the music video "I Wanna Get Better" by Bleachers.[4]

In 2016, Glenn was cast as Dawn in the Broadway transfer of Waitress, which opened on April 24th in the Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Learn more about Kimiko Glenn | View All Alumni


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