Local Film Auditions!

“I’M OKAY” Written by Amy Poux is a short film that will shoot locally (in Ulster County) June 29 – July 2, 2020. Rehearsals May/June.

Synopsis: I’M OKAY is about “Tamarin” (they/them), a 15-year-old non-binary teen in upstate NY. I’M OKAY follows Tamarin as they navigate their blended, off-beat upstate family, their life at school, and the othering that comes with being themselves in a slow-to-change culture.

Seeking actors the following roles:

“JADEN” – 17-year old cis-gender male, Caucasian. A high school junior from Ulster County, Jaden is easy going, mainstream, doesn’t like to talk about his feelings – but will if forced to. (Seeking actor 17 – 19 year old)

“KYLE” – 15-year old, LGBTQ+, cis-gender male, person of color. One of the lead roles, Kyle is a warm and outgoing character with supreme confidence and a giant supporter of his closest friends.

“OM” – (comedic) 40-50 year-old cis-gender male, all backgrounds. OM is a somewhat pretentious school administrator who lives in a bit of a fantasy world.

“JOCELYN” – (comedic) 30-40 year-old cis-gender female, all backgrounds. A highly efficient assistant to “OM” who tries to act relaxed but is very tightly wound.

Auditions: Saturday March 14, 2 PM – 4:30 PM

Please email resume, headshot to:

What is Youth Ensemble Theater?

Youth Ensemble Theater (YET)  is a theater institute for young people ages 9 to 19. YET provides pre-professional theater programs that engage emerging performers in a dynamic ensemble process to create and perform contemporary cutting edge theater that reflects the collective voice of diverse and divergent points of view and experiences.

The purpose is to narrow the space between life and performance, where young people can play as close to the edge in their art form as possible…And as our youths expand their view, they will revitalize our rural cities and communities with the voices of original artistic expression. GO HERE to learn more about our theater programs for young people. 

YET has also provided the Intergenerational Ensemble, dedicated to bringing together community members across barriers of age, culture, race, and gender to create FLASH THEATER events in public settings. Learn more about Intergenerational Ensemble HERE! 

Take a look at a recent article in the BlueStone Press!

YET offers three theater programs for young people:

  • YET Jr. – Theater improv and games for 4th – 6th graders.
  • YET IMPRO – Theater improv and games for middle/high schoolers culminating in an original play.
  • YET Teen Rep. – Our performance troupe – for experienced TEEN ACTORS (& some adults too!)

To learn more – visit our YET Programs page here!

In YET’s training institutes educators, youth theater directors, and group leaders can learn YET’s engaging approach to group building and social skills. GO HERE to learn more!

Ideas? Questions?  email Amy Poux 

SUMMER YET Acting & Improv!

This July, YET did a Summer Improv Intensive theater program at Summer on the Meadow. Young people learned acting and long-form improvisation skills, and were immersed in YET games, characters, and inventive situations that they enacted!

SUMMER YET at Kingston High School

This July and August, YET provided a theater games and media studies program to support young people’s social emotional development, group awareness, and create a strong foundation for rising 9th graders who are entering Kingston High School in the fall!

YET One Act Play Series 2019

In May 2019, YET presented two weekends of contemporary theater in the YET One Act Play Series 2019 at the Byrdcliffe Theatre!  This year’s One Act Series included 13 plays from award-winning playwrights as well as an original play by one of very our teen thespians. 


Amy Poux is a theater and film director. As the former Director of Education for the Film Society of Lincoln CenterEducational Specialist at Stockade Works, founder of Urban Arts Partnership, she has been awarded for her design of in-depth, student-driven arts experiences for young people and intergenerational communities.

About High Meadow Arts, Inc.

YET is a project of the not-for-profit organization, High Meadow Arts, Inc. Founded in 2005, the mission of High Meadow Arts, Inc. is to serve diverse groups of young people with expansive, potent and vital experiences in the arts in our rural community. 

Sustained through sweat equity, funding and donations, High Meadow Arts, Inc. aims to champion those young people that are often underrepresented and provide them with an artistic path to their most exceptional selves.