Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group

Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group

Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group Project (RHYTAG)

A Roundhouse partnership with Some Assembly Theatre Artists: Valerie Methot, Ken Lawson, Chandra Lesmeister, Jeremy Baxter with Athena Ivison and Allen Morrison.

Some Assembly produces new and original theatre collaborations between youth community members and professional theatre artists. Since 2002, Some Assembly has been creating and presenting inspirational youth theatre plays with the RHYTAG project to build awareness, promote wellness and encourage dialogue about issues facing youth today. This project received the City of Vancouver Youth Award for outstanding contribution to the youth community.

Current Opportunities

We are hiring youth age 13-18 as creators/performers for our new RHYTAG project!

Interviews & Auditions: October 4, 5 and 6 (4-9pm)

Workshop & Rehearsal Schedule: Every Thursday from 6-9:30pm starting Thursday November 10, 2016 until May 18, 2017. Food provided at 5:30pm. Daytime & evening shows will be in the Performance Centre May 3 – May 6. (School will be missed for daytime shows)

Contact Valerie: (must be able to commit 100% to schedule)

Community partners and supporters:
Roundhouse, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Ministry of Children and Family Development, City of Vancouver, BC Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, Watari, Sarah McLachlan School of Music, PeerNet BC, Scene Ideas, Methotical Productions, Vancouver School Board, Telus, Vancity, Edith Lando Charitable Foundation and Hamber Foundation.


As a director and creator, Valerie Methot is dedicated to the creation of original collaborative theatre projects and providing opportunities for youth expression through the development of new works. Valerie started the RHYTAG project in 2002 as artist-in-residence at the Roundhouse, adding Chandra Lesmeister, Jeremy Baxter, Ken Lawson, Allen Morrison and numerous guest artists to the team. She is in her sixteenth year as the project’s artistic/project director, script facilitator and director, and has produced twenty-three collaborative theatre creations with many youth from all over Vancouver.

Valerie was nominated for Canada’s Siminovitch theatre directing award and is director/writer of several plays including: Treated with Tango, EXPOSE, Getting the Trendies, Marbles and Take a Breath. She achieved her BFA from Concordia University and MFA in theatre directing from UBC. Valerie is co-founder, executive and artistic director of Some Assembly Arts Society.


Missing from Me (2016)
In an unexpected twist, eleven travellers at a train station must adapt to a sudden change in their plans. Confronted with life-altering decisions they end up discovering true inner strength and what family means to them.

Webs We Weave (2015)
A dizzying merry-go-round of challenges we all face in our relationships.

Dream Catchers (2014)
In a countdown to graduation, nine teenagers struggle to catch their dreams as they are faced with the daunting questions of who they are and what comes after high school.

Sticks & Scones (2013)
Issues of bullying and how it not only involves the victim and predator, but also the entire community.

Cleverly Painted Rocks (2012)
A play about life, love and depression.

Keep the Change (2011)
An audition for a new reality show results in an interweaving of youth experiences with loss, rejection, abuse and life changing decisions.

Death and Scrambled Eggs (2010)
Opening with a house party, consequences are revealed following an experience with the drug Ecstasy.

Not a Fairy Tale (2009)
Meet Dr. Exigo, seller of dreams and seven girls in search of answers…plus a unicorn and a troll and oh yeah, a centaur.

Tic Talk (2009)
An exploration of the anxieties surrounding issues of bullying, gang involvement, drugs and computer game addiction.

Anybody (2008)
An exploration of the choices we make, the consequences, and how one decision could change everything.

Face Value (2008)
An play about identity and secrets.

Take A Breath (2004, 2007)
A community theatre happening passionately performed through dance, music, action, spoken word and raw artistry with a threaded focal point: ‘within our diversity, we share breath’.

Mirror Mirror (2006, 2007)
A play about life with depression

Synchronicity (2006)
A symbolic journey into the subconscious.

Consumed (2005)
An absurd comedy about trends and the roles we play.

COPE (2004)
Coping with life in a juvenile detention centre.

I Barely Know You (2004)
A crazed thriller in a Yaletown office building.

Express (2004)
A theatrical performance about life on meth.

Hotel de Ville (2003)
An interactive maze of a frightening hotel.

Way Out (2002)
An inside look at teen lives and struggles.