I've been a proud ensemble member of OYL since 2011.
OYL premieres bold new work with an emphasis on what we've come to call "collective storytelling". We are an ensemble company - artists who work together consistently over long periods - and this founding principle is mirrored in our productions, as we approach work from the perspective of a collective consciousness.
We seek to draw audiences into the experience as a participant, an accomplice, a part of the group, as a culprit.
Theatrically, a Greek chorus is defined, in part, as a collective voice contextualized by each individual participant's different experience of a shared event. We draw on this ancient principle as we modernize the chorus into a contemporary form.
We provide training and education to young artists through student workshops in the USA and our annual Apprentice Program in Greece. The OYL Apprentice Program is a four-week long immersive experience jam-packed with rehearsing, training, performing, cultural events, tours and challenging outdoor activities. All within the incredible beauty, tranquility and cultural history of Greece. Beginning with two busy days in Athens, the main program takes place at the OYL base in Northern Greece, in the remote mountain village of Papingo.