2017 Great Basin Young Chautauqua Season

Nevada Humanities' 25th Great Basin Young Chautauqua season!

We will be starting off our 2017 season on January 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the KNPB Community Room at 1670 N. Virginia Street, Reno. Open registration for the program will continue until February 9, 2017. For more information about the workshops, see the 2017 Great Basin Young Chautauqua Schedule at nevadahumanities.org.

Participation in the Young Chautauqua program is free and open to all youth ages 8 – 18. 


It’s time for a new year of Great Basin Young Chautauqua (GBYC) and we’re excited to share with you our plans for 2017. Our goal is to provide Young Chautauquans with a dynamic, inspiring, and educational season, in an atmosphere that is both fun and supportive. This year we will again be bringing in a variety of award-winning Chautauquans, theatre groups, and lecturers to help teach and mentor our Young Chautauquans as they work to prepare and perform their monologues. GBYC favorites Frank X. Mullen, Juanita Westbrook, and Doug Mischler, as well as local theater experts, will be leading workshops, and Lindsay Cook will be overseeing the administration of GBYC and facilitating workshops. Young Chautauquans will be giving public performances in May and June, and on the mainstage at Bartley Ranch Regional Park on the Day of Young Chautauqua.

Great Basin Young Chautauqua was founded by Nevada Humanities in 1993. GBYC is an intense program of scholarship, research, rehearsing, and performing. Young Chautauquans commit to developing a theatrical character in late January and spend more than six months reading biographies, learning stories, and rehearsing their character with other Young Chautauquans and workshop leaders at bimonthly meetings. In May and June, their characters are ready and Young Chautauquans perform throughout the Truckee Meadows area, gaining valuable performance experience. They each create a costume and polish flexible 5, 10, and 15- minute monologues that they present to community groups, schools, libraries, and service organizations. Final performances are at Bartley Ranch Regional Park on the Day of Young Chautauqua. Six months of research and practice are shared with the public in a series of celebratory performances.

Underwriting for the program is provided by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, individual donors, parent and community volunteers, and many other community partners.

There are some minimal expenses associated with participating in the program, which include: costume supplies, and parental transportation to and from workshops and performances. Young Chautauquans receive the annual GBYC t-shirt for participating in the program; any additional t-shirts (for family) need to be purchased. Two scholarships are available to families in need. Contact the Nevada Humanities office for more information. Nevada Humanities provides all creative supplies associated with the workshops. For a detailed FAQ about our program, visit nevadahumanities.org.


Workshop Locations: Meetings will be held in the Community Room, KNPB Building, 1670 North Virginia Street. The parking lot in front of the KNPB building is free, and if we run out of spaces Nevada Humanities staff will provide parking passes for the south side of the building.

We are very much looking forward to our 25th season of Nevada Humanities Young Chautauqua. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Nevada Humanities Young Chautauqua staff with questions. Lindsay Cook and Bobbie Ann Howell can be reached at yc [at] nevadahumanities.org, and the Nevada Humanities office number is 775-784-6587.