Bobb Cooper, Artistic Producing Director of the Valley Youth Theatre was honored by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix Thursday August 18 with the award of ARTS ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR.  During the past 14 years, Bobb has taken the Valley Youth Theatre from performing in a basement to a permanent home in downtown Phoenix; created programs that provide nearly 5,000 underserved children with books and study guides and seats at shows each year; and collaborated with many youth organizations to integrate youth theatre in the community.  Bobb’s dedication and passion for the Arts is inspiring to all!   

                        Valley Youth Theatre

                        525 N. First St. (Southeast corner of First and Fillmore Streets)

                        Phoenix, AZ 85004 

About Valley Youth Theatre

Valley Youth Theatre named by the Arizona Republic as one of the “Top Ten Places to Become a Future Star” targets young people age 7 – 19 for participation in, and attendance, at quality live theatre productions. VYT’s mission is to inspire young people to be the best they can be, by providing them with lifelong lessons through a wide range of performing arts opportunities. VYT is an award-winning theatre and was recently selected as the Best Arizona Children’s Performing Arts Theatre and received the 2008 Governor’s Arts Award for Arts in Education. Alum include American Idol Jordin Sparks, Disney Channel’s Chelsea Staub, movie actress Emma Stone who starred in “Superbad,” “House Bunny” and “The Rocker” and Broadway Star Max Crumm. VYT is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. Partial funding also is provided by the Phoenix Arts Commission through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council. Valley Youth Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American Theatre.

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