Generation Rise

Theater, Film and Media

About the Production

Generation Rise is an interview-based production featuring Black, Latinx and Asian American teens from New York City telling their own stories and reflecting on their lives before, during and after 2020—a year of crisis and transformation.

Part of the Undesirable Elements series, Generation Rise originated as a filmed virtual theater work in Spring 2021, sharing real-life stories of six New York City teenagers, and the significance of a year of growing up during a global pandemic and renewed calls for racial justice.

Production Team And Cast

Co-writer and Co-director

Sara Zatz and Kirya Traber

Lighting Design (Live Production)

Marika Kent

Sound Design (Live Production)

Megumi Katayama

Stage Manager (Live Production)

Caren Celine Morris

Technical Supervisor (Live Production)

Zoe-Eve Rhinehart

Performers (Live Production)

Serena, Johanni, Kilhah, Performing for Kenroy: Manny Dunn, Performing for Nathaniel: Matthew Martinez, Performing for Sanaa: Kayla Bennett

Visual Director (Virtual Production)

Richard Louissaint

Production Coordinator (Virtual Production)

Tanya Barrett

Motion Graphics Designer (Virtual Production)

Ta-Shea Brown

Post Production Sound (Virtual Production)

Tyson Dai

Original Music (Virtual Production)

Bridget Perez

Teaching Artist and Poetry Advisor (Virtual Production)

Darian Dauchan

Performers (Virtual Production)

Ashlie, Farah, Kilhah, Nathaniel, Sanaa, Serena

Performance History

Online Preview Screening (Virtual Production)

Generation Rise was screened online in partnership with Urban Word NYC on June 17, 2021.

Live Production Premiere

New Victory Theater, New York, NY (November 2021)


Generation Rise is commissioned and presented by the New 42/New Victory Theater, and the virtual production was created in partnership with Urban Word NYC.

Related Media

Generation Rise Virtual Trailer
Generation Rise Virtual Preview