Steve Cisneros is the co-founder of Phantom Projects Theatre Group, a non-profit theatrical production company consisting of volunteer performance troupes including teen performers for main stage productions.
Steve began this theatre company in 1996, when he was 17 years old. Fast forward 20 years later and his work continues to resonate with young audiences and actors across the Southland. We are proud of the work he does. Annually, Steve produces teen-performed shows for over 10,000 people a year. The company is based in La Mirada, and holds their world premieres at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Steve has written a brand new original play called #TheWall, inspired by real-life tragedy wrought upon young adults. It was only a matter of time before digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and perhaps most prevalent, Snapchat & YouTube were utilized for bullying and other forms of harassment.
#TheWall shines a light on the emotional turmoil caused by cyberbullying, a new method of perpetuating one of the oldest teen issues known to society. The themes include real-life stories picked right out of the ashes of tragedy, depicting actual accounts involving teen suicides wrought upon by cyber bullying, catfishing and the posting of sexually exploitative photos, which when posted, live on forever. This show focuses heavily on short-term actions, which levy very long term consequences.
Young audiences and families alike will absolutely resonate with the stories told, and through the medium of performing arts, will gain a heightened awareness of the world in which young people are growing up. There are many lessons to be learned from this play, and given many tragic stories of late, this feels timely.
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 18th at 10am & 7pm.