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2016 Young Memphian: Carly Crawford

The following is a feature in the Memphis Crossroads Magazine. Click here to view the issue in its entirety.

In conversations with this year’s Young Memphis honorees, the word “passion” comes up frequently. It’s something they all have in common, despite their diverse backgrounds, industries and interests.
The Young Memphians featured on the pages that follow are all passionate about making a difference – in their career fields, in their communities and, most notably, in the futures of the generations to follow them.
They all speak of their love for the city, their desire to help make positive changes, their hopes for a stronger, more united community and their beliefs that even the smallest gesture of goodwill can have a powerful impact on the lives of many.
While each one of them is striving to be highly successful at his or her career, they’re also each going the extra mile to use that success to make Memphis a better place.
So throw away everything you may have read about Millennials being uninvolved residents who want to obtain as much as possible by doing as little as possible and get ready to be inspired. These young professionals are only a few of the many dedicated young Memphians out there who have their eye on a brighter tomorrow.
Memphis, meet your future leaders.

Carly Crawford
Assistant Director of Theatre Education, Playhouse on the Square
As the assistant director of theatre education at Playhouse on the Square, actress Carly Crawford assists in overseeing Playhouse’s Theatre School and the Summer Youth Theatre Conservatory.
Two years ago, Crawford also made significant strides for diversity by  applying for a Queer Youth Theater (QYT) grant and launching Playhouse’s Q&A Program for LGBTQ+ and Allied youth in the Memphis area.
“We’re going into a room with 14- to 20-year-olds who either identify as queer or as straight allies and we’re saying, ‘What’s happening in your lives right now in Memphis that we need to talk about, make art about and explore?’”
Participants then write and perform their own shows and host a question-and-answer session with the audience after each performance.
The enthusiastic response from the community has surprised Crawford.
“I’m actually very impressed that we haven’t had any big pushback from anybody,” she said. “I haven’t gotten any, which makes me feel good about Memphis.”
In August, under Crawford’s leadership, Playhouse on the Square will host the Pride Youth Theater Alliance’s 2016 Queer Youth Theater Conference, which attracts attendees throughout North America.

Story by: Erinn Figg
Photo by: Troy Glasgow


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