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Valley Youth Theatre Alum Emma Stone

Wins a Golden Globe for Best Actress for La La Land




Phoenix, Arizona (January 10, 2017) Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) is proud to celebrate the tremendous win of one of its very special alum, Emma Stone who won a Golden Globe, on Sunday night, for Best Actress for her role as Mia in the blockbuster movie La La Land.


“I knew from a very young age that Emma had the innate ability to bring any character to life,” says Bobb Cooper, Valley Youth Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director. “She gives everything to each character she plays and brings truth to the story. Emma knows how to make moments magical.”


Emma Stone’s career began on the VYT stage at age 10. In her very first production, she played the Otter in the The Wind in the Willows. Three years in a row she was in VYT’s traditional holiday show, A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail playing two very different characters: the lovable, gloomy, grey donkey, Eeyore, in 2000 and 2001 and the A-type, practical Rabbit in 2003.



Prior to heading to Hollywood, Emma performed a variety of different characters in approximately 18 different productions at Valley Youth Theatre including: The Great Mother in The Little Mermaid, an Evil Stepsister in Cinderella, Tweedle Dum in Alice in Wonderland, Old Queen Maude in The Princess and the Pea, Dot inHonk, the Musical, Dori in School House Rock, and many others.


“We are very proud of Emma’s accomplishments,” says Cooper. “What a great achievement… we know there is so much more to come!”


Established in 1989, Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) is an award-winning, professional quality, 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre dedicated to helping young people achieve their full potential through meaningful engagement, education and excellence in the performing arts. Alumni include award-winning celebrities including: Emma Stone, Jordin Sparks, Kimiko Glenn, Chelsea Kane, Charity Dawson, Krystina Alabado and many others. VYT is the winner of nearly 100 National Youth Arts awards, voted “Best Star-Making Machine" and “Best Live Theater” on, heralded as “Best Place to Take a Bow” by Phoenix Magazine and rated one of the “Top Ten Places to Become a Future Star” by The Arizona Republic. VYT produces six main stage shows each season including two at the Herberger Theater Center.  For more information, visit or call (602) 253-8188.






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