SEASON 26 | JUNE 2014

An Enemy of the People

By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Aisha Melhem
The VORTEX Summer Youth Theatre


The timely environmental statement in An Enemy of the People focuses on the contamination of the economic jewel of the town and its focus of cultural tourism: “The Springs”. Written in 1882, the play centers on the politics of greed and corruption that ultimately damage our natural treasures. This summer, in addition to theatrical experience, students will examine the environmental impact of development, runoff, and pollution to the Edwards Aquifer and Barton Springs guided by environmental engineers from our cross-sector partners at GlenRose Engineering.


2014 Youth Company: Isabella Bass, Sky Blaw, Jack Butler, Callier Creedle, Taylor Cruse, Julie Gester, Trinity Gonzalez, Owen Lucas, Noah Messer, Luna Newcomer, Bryan Silvestro, Madeline Silvestro, Riley Simpson, and Egan White. Luke Gracia joins the youth ensemble as an adult guest artist.

production team

Directed by Aisha Melhem. Adaption by Bonnie Cullum and Kirk Smith. Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon. Lighting Design by Jennifer Rogers. Costume Design by Stephanie Dunbar. Sound Design by Nate Laningham. Stage Management by Adam Gunderson with Ray Dietz and Andrea Negrete. Community Partnership with Glenrose Engineering.

For more than 23 years, SYT has provided high quality theatre to Austin audiences. This project teams adult professionals with students to create high-calibre theatrical productions of world-class literature. The Austin Chronicle named SYT “Best Theatre Program that Treats Kids like Grownups.” Nominated for dozens of local awards, SYT has again and again been recognized with B. Iden Payne Awards.

Summer Youth Theatre funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at