Why I Hate Children's Theatre

What might be done to create theatre for young audiences that engages with, rather than condescends to, children?

“Imma let you finish, but…”
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“Imma let you finish, but…”

Interrupting Children’s Theatre

9 January 2016

Teresa Simone wraps up her Why I Hate Children’s Theatre series by explaining why she seeks to interrupt children’s theatre in her work.

Against Children’s Theatre
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Against Children’s Theatre

9 December 2015

Teresa Simone’s Why I Hate Children’s Theatre series continues with this discussion of the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

The Borders of Theatre for Youth
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The Borders of Theatre for Youth

6 October 2015

In the fifth installment of her Why I Hate Children’s Theatre series, Teresa Simone addresses the borders of TFY and work pushing those borders in Arizona.

Things You Can’t Say in Children’s Theatre
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Things You Can’t Say in Children’s Theatre

8 September 2015

Teresa Simone continues her Why I Hate Children’s Theatre series with this post exploring the work of Zarco Guerrero.

Ceci n’est-pas le théâtre pour l'enfance
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Ceci n’est-pas le théâtre pour l'enfance

Performing the Borders of TFY

17 August 2015

Teresa Simone discusses examples of children’s performance that aren’t considered “theatre” in the third installment of her Why I Hate Children's Theatre series.

Respect for Children
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Respect for Children

There Are No Children

4 August 2015

In the second installment of Teresa Simone’s Why I Hate Children’s Theatre series, the author discusses the problems with binary constructions of "child" and "adult."

Why I Hate Children’s Theatre
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Why I Hate Children’s Theatre

a Modest Proposal for Theatre for Youth

21 July 2015

In the first installment of Teresa Simone’s Why I Hate Children’s Theatre series, the author discusses the problematic distinction between theatre for children and theatre for a general audience.

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