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Theatre for Young Audiences

In this section, you’ll find content all about theatre created with young people in mind. Dive into the conversation with this panel about writing TYA or this series on Latinx and Latin American TYA.

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Performance: Hey neighbor, hey you! (Romania)
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Performance: Hey neighbor, hey you! (Romania)
With REACTIV Festival: a laboratory of experiences and experiments in which we aim to rediscover ourselves as individuals and groups
Friday 3 September 2021
Targu Neamt, Romania
Panel: New Formats & Spaces for Young Audiences (International Sign Language & Captions)
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Panel: New Formats & Spaces for Young Audiences (International Sign Language & Captions)
Young Europe Festival To:gather | The Week of New European Drama
Monday 7 June 2021
Europe
Them's Ponies! by Rebekah Chang
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Them's Ponies! by Rebekah Chang
With Home: Asian Voices Reading Series
Saturday 7 August 2021
United States
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Performance: Hey neighbor, hey you! (Romania)
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Performance: Hey neighbor, hey you! (Romania)

With REACTIV Festival: a laboratory of experiences and experiments in which we aim to rediscover ourselves as individuals and groups

Friday 3 September 2021
Targu Neamt, Romania

The Educational Centre of the Performative Arts CEVA in Targu Neamt, Romania presented a performance of Hey neighbor, hey you! with the REACTIV festival livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 3 September 2021.

Them's Ponies! by Rebekah Chang
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Them's Ponies! by Rebekah Chang

With Home: Asian Voices Reading Series

Saturday 7 August 2021
United States

LA Writers Center presented a performance of Them's Ponies! by Rebekah Chang as a part of Home: Asian Voices Reading Series on Saturday 7 August 2021 at 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Panel: New Formats & Spaces for Young Audiences (International Sign Language & Captions)
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Panel: New Formats & Spaces for Young Audiences (International Sign Language & Captions)

Young Europe Festival To:gather | The Week of New European Drama

Monday 7 June 2021
Europe

The European Theatre Convention presented the panel New Formats & Spaces for Young Audiences happening within the context of Young Europe Festival To:gather and The Week of New European Drama. This panel will livestream for the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Monday 7 June at 10 a.m. CEST (Berlin, UTC +2) / 11 a.m. EEST (Bucharest, UTC +3) / 9 a.m. BST (London, UTC +1).

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Why Are There No Great Kids of Color in the Performing Arts?
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Why Are There No Great Kids of Color in the Performing Arts?

A Black Artist and Arts Educator’s Exploration on Challenges for Kids of Color in Arts Spaces

12 April 2021

Ilasiea Gray looks at the many challenges kids of color face in the performing arts, including access and exposure, the lack of educators of color, and more.

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Moving the Field Forward Faster at American Regional Theatres
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Moving the Field Forward Faster at American Regional Theatres

10 March 2021

Robert Barry Fleming, executive artistic director of Actors Theatre, and Courtney Sale, artistic director of Merrimack Repertory Theatre, converse about structural racism and systems of oppression, what can be learned from theatre for young audiences, the possibilities in a post-COVID world, and more.

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Art as a Force for Good
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Art as a Force for Good

A Conversation with Malaysian Theatre Artist Sabera Shaik

17 November 2020

Jennifer Rodrigo sits down in conversation with Sabera Shaik, the artistic director of Malaysia’s Masakini Theatre Company, about the country’s fragmented arts community, shadow theatre, and more.

NO SUMMARY with Golden Thread Fairytale Players
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NO SUMMARY with Golden Thread Fairytale Players

Online conversations with artists that don’t fit in a box

Friday 6 November 2020
United States

Golden Thread Productions presented NO SUMMARY with Golden Thread Fairytale Players livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 6 November 2020 at 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -5) / 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Writing Incredible Theatre for Young Audiences (as well adults)
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Writing Incredible Theatre for Young Audiences (as well adults)

with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Wednesday 29 April 2020
United States

Playwright Lauren Gunderson presented Writing Incredible Theatre for Young Audiences (as well adults) live-streamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 29 April 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 3 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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How Theatre Organizations Can Best Serve Youth Artists
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How Theatre Organizations Can Best Serve Youth Artists

9 March 2020

Tiffany Vega-Gibson shares information she gleaned from seven theatre companies around the United State about how to best work with young artists who may be struggling in their personal lives.

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Writing for Young Audiences with Dania Ramos and Michael Aquino of Timestorm
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Writing for Young Audiences with Dania Ramos and Michael Aquino of Timestorm

Adventures in Audio Fiction Episode #1

19 February 2020

For the premier episode of the Adventures in Audio Fiction Podcast, host Tamara Kissane discusses writing audio fiction for young audiences with Dania Ramos and Michael Aquino, the producers and creators of Timestorm, a series in which twins travel through time to preserve their culture’s true history.

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Protect the Body
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Protect the Body

Keeping Daring Depictions of Eating Disorders Safe for Actors and At-Risk Young Adults

26 November 2019

Clare Hennessy discusses the challenges of developing a play that sheds light on eating disorders—depicting them accurately, avoiding triggers—and offers suggestions for other writers in a similar position.

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The ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2019
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The ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2019

Presented by ASSITEJ - International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People

Tuesday 3 September - Friday 6 September
Kristiansand, Norway

ASSITEJ presented The ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2019 livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network from Tuesday 3 September to Friday 6 September.

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What You, Theatremaker, Can Learn from Theatre for the Very Young
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What You, Theatremaker, Can Learn from Theatre for the Very Young

29 July 2019

Alex Ates reflects on the Toddler Takeover at Atlanta, Georgia’s Alliance Theatre and shares what the growing field of theatre for the very young can teach adult theatremakers about their craft.

A performance of Alice's Wonderland
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A performance of Alice's Wonderland

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 26 July 2019
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX in Austin, Texas presented Alice’s Wonderland by Ingrid Oslund, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Friday 26 July at 6 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / Saturday 27 July at 02:00 UTC+0. 

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Creating a Feminist Punch and Judy Show
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Creating a Feminist Punch and Judy Show

16 June 2019

Roxanna Myhrum looks at the history of the iconic puppet show Punch and Judy and Sarah Nolen’s feminist adaptation of it, Judy Save the Day.

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At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy
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At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy

20 March 2019

Kim Peter Kovac looks at the way the theatre for young audiences field has changed over the last few years, where it’s at today, and what his hopes are for the future.

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Terror, Strength, Pain, Brilliance, and Children in Four Little Girls
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Terror, Strength, Pain, Brilliance, and Children in Four Little Girls

21 February 2019

Alex Ates examines the recent production of Christina Ham’s Four Little Girls at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

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Learning from and Listening to Latinx Youth at the 2019 LTC TYA Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening
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Learning from and Listening to Latinx Youth at the 2019 LTC TYA Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening

19 February 2019

Marci R. McMahon reports on the 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences Festival and Convening, which took place in January 2019 in Austin, Texas. 

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The Necessity of Including Youth in the Development of Theatre for Young Audiences
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The Necessity of Including Youth in the Development of Theatre for Young Audiences

5 February 2019

Playwright Jenny Kokai talks about co-writing a piece of theatre for young audiences with her now twelve-year-old son.

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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, Texas for our first convening dedicated to work for young people!

Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January 2019
University of Texas at Austin & the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

The Latinx Theatre Commons presented the 2019 Theatre for Young Audiences Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening livestreaming from Austin, Texas on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January 2019.

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The Rise of Climate Refugees in This Sinking Island
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The Rise of Climate Refugees in This Sinking Island

24 January 2019

Maximilian Kempf discusses climate change theatre through the lens of the Anthropoligists’ show This Sinking Island.

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Bringing Latin American Theatre for Young Audiences to the World through Amazonas Network
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Bringing Latin American Theatre for Young Audiences to the World through Amazonas Network

9 January 2019

Bebê de Soares talks about her organization, Amazonas Network, and the work they’re doing to internationalize Latin American theatre for young audiences. 

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Latinx Theatre for Young Audiences
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Latinx Theatre for Young Audiences

Where We Are and Where We Must Go

8 January 2019

Ramón Esquivel looks at the recent history of Latinx theatre for young audiences, who is creating the work, and how the sector can grow.

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Theatre for Children in a Mexico Before It Was Mexico / Representaciones para niños en el México antes de México
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Theatre for Children in a Mexico Before It Was Mexico / Representaciones para niños en el México antes de México

7 January 2019

Marco Novelo explores the little-known history of theatre for young audiences in Mexico. / Marco Novelo explora una historia poco conocida del teatro para niños en México.

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Sin Fronteras
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Sin Fronteras

Latinx and Latin American Theatre for Young Audiences

6 January 2019

Kicking off the Latinx theatre for young audiences series, Roxanne Schroeder-Arce talks about the upcoming LTC Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening, the importance of creating theatre for children and families, and more.