The play's the thing for Cities at Peace, a youth-led, youth development organization that uses the theater arts to help young people transform their lives and their communities. A year-long, youth-led theater arts project brings together diverse groups of young people---ages 13 to 19---to explore and address the challenges they encounter daily. The project combines diversity, violence prevention, problem solving and leadership training with writing, producing and performing an original musical based on their lives, identities and vision for the future.



Students attend original musicals created by students, which tour local and regional high schools. There are associated educational materials for teachers and peer-education workshops.