Over the past forty years, Youth Theatre Interactions has provided the Yonkers and Westchester communities with fifty-five highly qualified professional performing artists/teachers in the areas of theatre, dance, music and photography. YTI has given over 15,000 classes, 1,400 performances; 70 college scholarships and has served well over 6,000 students. Bringing pride and notoriety to our participants and Westchester County, YTI has:
Appeared seven times at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Appeared on WNBC, PBS and WCBS television in New York City and WGPR in Detroit
Received the keys to the City of Detroit and a High Commendation for the City of Los Angeles for tours of those cities
Seen its students accepted into the finest school theater programs
Seen its students go on to do professional work on stage, television and screen
Proclamations, Honors and Awards
October 2014 – Proclamation from Mayor Mike Spano representing the City of Yonkers in recognition of YTI’s 40th anniversary and grand reopening in downtown Yonkers
October 2014 – Certificate of Appreciation presented by National Association of University Women for YTI’s participation in their 64th Northeast Sectional Conference
June 2013 – Proclamation from Mayor Mike Spano representing the City of Yonkers in recognition of YTI’s 40th annual recital
April 2013 – Proclamation from Mayor Mike Spano in tribute to YTI and “its dedicated and selfless individuals, who have truly made a different in the lives of others”
October 2010 – Westchester County Board of Legislators proclamation recognizing YTI for their role in serving the community and the people of Westchester County
April 2008 – City of Yonkers and Mew York State Senate proclamation of April 28, 2008 as “Youth Theatre Interactions, Inc. Day”
November 2007 – Proclamation from Mayor Philip A. Amicone as “special tribute” for YTI’s work in the community
June 2007 – African-American Heritage Celebration June 2007 – African-American Heritage Celebration Coalition, Inc.-In grateful appreciation for creativity and service to our community
April 23, 2007 – 4th Annual Broadway Comes To Yonkers-Youth Theatre Interactions, Inc. Day”
March 29, 2007 – The Tobacco Control Partners of the Lower Hudson Valley-For our commitment in reducing tobacco use in our community
July 2006 – Certificate of Appreciation from the Office of the County Executive-In grateful appreciation for service rendered to the County of Westchester and for our dedication to the Yonkers African American Heritage Celebration
May 2006 – Certificate of Merit from the Westchester County Board of Legislators-In recognition of our dedication and commitment to the City of Yonkers-The 7th Annual Yonkers African-American Heritage Committee, Inc. Community Dinner
April 2006 -YTI is honored by the Untemeyer Performing Arts Council for their “contribution to the community” and “dedication to the performing arts.”
April 2006 – From Senator Nicholas A. Spano-for the service given to Westchester County children 8-19 years of age
April 2006 – From the Council President of the City of Yonkers for distinguished service and dedication to Yonkers
August 2005 – YTI student Alex de Castro lands lead in the Broadway production of “The Lion King.”
August 10, 2005 – Excellence Award-In recognition of our commitment and outstanding performance at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division
September 2005 – Our “Intimate Realities” drama company performed at the recognition dinner for POW’R AGAINST TOBACCO to a standing ovation.
September 2004 – YTI’s Advanced Drama Students appeared in the 1st Annual “Broadway Comes To Yonkers” alongside Broadway stars Maurice Hines and Ann Reinking at The Riverfront Library in Yonkers.
January 2004/03 – Youth Theatre Interactions advanced drama touring company is invited to perform for the second year in a row its production of “Martin Luther King, Jr., a Historical Tribute” at the Westchester County Center as part of the county’s celebration of Martin Luther King Day.
November 2002 – The “Intimate Realities” company is invited to perform at the Westchester Community Foundation’s Award Breakfast in Rye, New York.
October 2002 – Directors Hill and Johnson receive the Community Award for their leadership in the effort to end domestic violence from “My Sisters’ Place” in White Plains, New York.
August 2002 – The “Intimate Realities” company wins four Theatre Awards at the “@ The BeVard National Teen Drama Festival” in Syracuse, New York.
February 2001 – YTI receives the Fulfilling the Dream Award given by WCBS TV, Channel 2, New York for continuing the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
February 2001 – City of Yonkers salutes YTI at Yonkers City Hall.
2001 – YTI is given the Cab Calloway Award (an arts and culture award) by the Westchester County Government.
November 2000 – YTI given Herbert C. Cave Memorial Award from the Westchester Community Opportunity Program for exceptional community service.
June 2000 – Director James P. Hill is given a Millennium Award by the Westchester Arts Council for his contribution to the arts in Westchester County.
December 1999 – Directors Hill and Johnson receive The Organization Award from the New York State Alliance of Art Organizations at a gala event at Lincoln Center in New York City.
1998/99 – The Haitian Dance Company travels to Albany to represent Westchester County at theStatewide Arts Day at the Legislature Building.
October 1997 – Directors Hill and Johnson honored with Community Leadership Awards by the Mental Health Association of Westchester County.
1997 – YTI is chosen to present one of its newest productions “Job Interviews: Don’ts and Do’s” at theUnited Way Power Breakfast.
June 1995 – YTI’s “Intimate Realities” company is chosen to headline the “Lakeside VIII Health Conference” at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York by presenting the AIDS awareness and education production entitled “Risky Business.”