About Us

The Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble is a unique and exciting collaboration between Expect Respect, a program of SAFE, and Creative Action. The Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble (CLYTE) is a group of teen artists and activists from the Austin area who use theatre as a tool to help their community foster healthy relationships, celebrate diversity, and engage in important community issues. Since 2003, Changing Lives has created original plays and toured to schools, conferences, and community events all across Austin and the surrounding areas to spark dialogue about teen relationships and encourage youth to take a stand against dating violence, sexual harassment, and bullying.

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In 2019 we performed to over 3,500 youth, faculty, and community members in Central Texas! Our Spring 2019 tour stops included: Covington Middle School, Dessau Middle School, Gorzycki Middle School, Dobie Middle School, Manor New Technology Middle School, and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Visit the “Schedule a Performance” tab to learn more about how to bring the ensemble to your school or organization!

Interested in what we do? Follow us on Facebook! We post rehearsal updates, photographs of our work, and articles of interest. We’re also on Instagram under the username: changinglivesensemble.





Expect Respect®, a program of SAFE, engages youth and adults in promoting safe, supportive and gender-equitable teen relationships. Serving Austin schools since 1988, Expect Respect is a comprehensive dating abuse prevention program that builds skills for healthy relationships, mobilizes youth as leaders and supports schools, parents and community organizations in creating healthy environments for youth.


Creative Action
Creative Action is on a mission to spark and support the academic, social and emotional development of young people. Through interactive classroom performances, after school arts residencies and community-based programs, Creative Action’s team of professional Teaching Artists inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders in their community.