Theatre for Young Audiences

Curious about work by or for young people? Content here is all about TYA: writing from practitioners, video of performances, and more.

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2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening
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2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening

Join the LTC in Austin, TX for our first convening dedicated to work for young people!

24-26 January 2019
University of Texas at Austin, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
The Al Sawari Theatre Festival for Youth at the Bahrain Cultural Theatre in Bahrain—Saturday 1 September - Monday 10 September 2018
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The Al Sawari Theatre Festival for Youth at the Bahrain Cultural Theatre in Bahrain—Saturday 1 September - Monday 10 September 2018

Performances from the ASHTAR Theatre International Youth Festival in Ramallah, Palestine—Saturday 21 July to Sunday 29 July 2018
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Performances from the ASHTAR Theatre International Youth Festival in Ramallah, Palestine—Saturday 21 July to Sunday 29 July 2018

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2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening
Event

2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening

Join the LTC in Austin, TX for our first convening dedicated to work for young people!

24-26 January 2019
University of Texas at Austin, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

Registration opens 15 October 2018 for this exciting event! Join us! 

New Visions, Voices, and Perspectives in Theatre for Young Audiences
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New Visions, Voices, and Perspectives in Theatre for Young Audiences

19 June 2018

Elizabeth Brendel Horn writes about Cartography at the Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices festival.

Building Communication in the Classroom Beyond Language
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Building Communication in the Classroom Beyond Language

2 October 2017

Director and educator Luane Davis Haggerty reflects on how prioritizing movement as a form of communication encouraged diversity and intersectionality in her New York City summer classroom. 

When Young People Fight
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When Young People Fight

Stage Combat in TYA

6 September 2017

Fight instructor Jamie Macpherson addresses objections to teaching stage combat to young people.

Under the Big Top
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Under the Big Top

Creating Multi-Sensory Work for Children with Autism

19 July 2017

Samantha Mueller, a theatre practitioner who works with the special needs community, talks about Seesaw Theatre which creates multi-sensory work for children with autism.

Take My Theatre Ed Program…Please
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Take My Theatre Ed Program…Please

9 July 2017

Alice Stanley won a grant to conduct a young women's after school improv program for an underserved CPS school, but the program almost didn’t happen. Here she considers obstacles to launching the program and makes a case why the arts have to integrated into schools.

Valuing Process Over Product
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Valuing Process Over Product

Producing Theatre in Educational Settings

1 July 2017

Director and educator Ashleigh Worley talks about process versus product, advocating for giving students opportunities to grow as artists.

A Different Romeo & Juliet—A Year Later
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A Different Romeo & Juliet—A Year Later

17 June 2017

In the last installment of the series, Briandaniel Oglesby reflects on his queer adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, and advocates for more queer-centered theatre made with and for young people.

James and the Giant Peach
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James and the Giant Peach

An Earthworm’s Resistance to Normalize Difference

15 May 2017

Actor Billy Flood discusses his performance as the Earthworm in StageOne Family Theatre’s production of James and the Giant Peach, sharing how he engaged with the role to resist gender norms.

Six Months In
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Six Months In

Lessons from Carlos Murillo’s Residency at Adventure Stage

13 March 2017

Adventure Stage Artistic Director Tom Arvetis and Playwright in Residency Carlos Murillo discuss how Carlos’ perspective has affected the company’s goals and operations.

What Do You Know? A Discovery of Prejudgment, Vocabulary, and Identity
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What Do You Know? A Discovery of Prejudgment, Vocabulary, and Identity

24 January 2017

Max Cerci discusses watching Gemma Cooper-Novak’s Through the Glory Hole and What We Found There as a summer intern for The Theater Offensive, reflecting on his theatre background and his queer identity.

Just a Girl with a Dream
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Just a Girl with a Dream

Interning and Envisioning at The Theater Offensive

23 January 2017

Tatiana Gil reflects on her experience interning for The Theater Offensive in Boston, Massachusetss last summer, sharing her vision of organizing creative spaces for queer youth.

International Collaboration in TYA New Play Development
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International Collaboration in TYA New Play Development

2 January 2017

Teresa A. Fisher discusses International Playwrights’ Intensive, a new play development program that facilitates international collaboration for theatre for young audiences. 

Alienating Our Audiences Early
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Alienating Our Audiences Early

18 November 2016

Playwright Mia McCullough discusses how teaching classic plays in high school alienates future young audiences, and advocates for contemporary playwrights to craft comprehensive anthologies of their work. 

Making Augusta and Noble
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Making Augusta and Noble

Laying the Groundwork for a Residency

19 October 2016

Playwright Carlos Murillo writes about how he and Adventure Stage Artistic Director Tom Arvetis created an original play for and about the young people of Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.

The ATC Youth Ensemble Deconstructs This Beautiful City
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The ATC Youth Ensemble Deconstructs This Beautiful City

24 September 2016

Neal Reynolds writes on the power of This Beautiful City, performed by high school students at American Theater Company.

Normalizing Theatre Performances En Nuestras Escuelas
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Normalizing Theatre Performances En Nuestras Escuelas

6 September 2016

Theatre artist and teacher Oscar Franco shares his experience normalizing theatregoing as a viable recreational activity for families of color in Texas. 

Where Do Broken Hearts and Intellectual Copyright Go? The Ponderings of a Dumped Artistic Director
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Where Do Broken Hearts and Intellectual Copyright Go? The Ponderings of a Dumped Artistic Director

5 June 2016

After Ernie Nolan was terminated from a theatre company where he was artistic director, he considers the rights of artists and administrators who work in states where employers can fire at will.

Mass Education or Mass Inclusion? Issues of Quantity and Quality in Children’s Theatre Programs
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Mass Education or Mass Inclusion? Issues of Quantity and Quality in Children’s Theatre Programs

27 April 2016

Brent Eickhoff discusses the challenges of programming large theatre productions with youth, advocating clear, realistic goals for teaching artists, students, and parents. 

Tomás and the Library Lady
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Tomás and the Library Lady

Framing an Expert’s Review

22 March 2016

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce interviews her ten-year-old daughter Genevieve to get her thoughts on a recent theatre for young audiences show in Austin, Texas.

From Page to Stage
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From Page to Stage

Teaching Slam Poetry in the High School Classroom

7 March 2016

Jasminne Méndez writes about being a teaching artist with the Alley Theatre and introducing student to spoken word poetry.

Latina/o Plays for Young Performers
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Latina/o Plays for Young Performers

A Resource for Teachers

8 February 2016

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce shares a list of published Latina/o plays in the hopes that more of them will be produced in schools with Latina/o students.

“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.

From Soup to Nuts
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From Soup to Nuts

Choosing a TYA Play Development Season

5 January 2016

Producer Teresa Fisher details the season selection process for New Plays for Young Audiences at Provincetown Playhouse.

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.