Theatre (Theatre for Youth and Community)
Xanthia Angel Walker works as a part of the the Design and Arts Corps initiative at Arizona State University, dedicated to learning centering community wisdom in engaged partnerships and practices in arts and design. She is an ensemble-based theatre artist, director, facilitator, producer, creative strategist, and educator. She works locally, nationally, and internationally at the intersections of multigenerational collaboration, site-specific performance, justice, dialogue, and community. She earned an MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University, and a BA in Theatre Arts and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota. Xanthia is a Producing Artistic Collaborator of Rising Youth Theatre, whose mission is "To imagine and build the world we want to live in through youth-driven, multigenerational collaboration and justice-centered artistic process and performance that generates reflection, connection and action." RYT was awarded the 2014 Outstanding New Theatre Company Award by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the 2012 Phoenix Mayor's Arts Award in Theatre, and is an Arizona Governor’s Arts Award finalist. Xanthia is a member of the Las Fronterizas Ensemble, which creates original multidisciplinary work to honor, celebrate and visibilize stories of people and place that shape binational communities. Xanthia is a certified facilitator of Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process. She is the winner of the 2015 Phoenix New Times Big Brain Award in Performing Art. Her writing is featured in the anthology Staging Social Justice: Collaborating to Create Activist Theatre.