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

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

by Alex Ates
29 July 2019
A performance of Alice's Wonderland
Video

A performance of Alice's Wonderland

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 26 July 2019
Austin, Texas
Creating a Feminist Punch and Judy Show
Essay

Creating a Feminist Punch and Judy Show

by Roxanna Myhrum
16 June 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
an actor onstage with four young children
What You, Theatremaker, Can Learn from Theatre for the Very Young
Essay

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
Video

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. 

two puppets
Creating a Feminist Punch and Judy Show
Essay

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.

two actors onstage in costume
At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy
Essay

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.

A group of performers on stage
Terror, Strength, Pain, Brilliance, and Children in Four Little Girls
Essay

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.

performer holding a cloth above her head
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. 

Actors wearing a sunflower, and a purple hat
The Necessity of Including Youth in the Development of Theatre for Young Audiences
Essay

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.

dozens of members of the latinx theatre commons standing a large circle
2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening
Video

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.

four performers in parkas performing outside
The Rise of Climate Refugees in This Sinking Island
Essay

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.

performer onstage with large-scale puppets
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. 

a smiling woman dancing onstage
Latinx Theatre for Young Audiences
Essay

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.

a puppeteer maneuvers two skeleton puppets
Theatre for Children in a Mexico Before It Was Mexico / Representaciones para niños en el México antes de México
Essay

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.

two actors onstage
Sin Fronteras
Essay

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.

A painting of a duckling on a farm with other birds looking at it
Creating Ability-Positive Theatre for Children
Essay

Creating Ability-Positive Theatre for Children

2 January 2019

Tim Collingwood talks about the importance of creating “ability-positive” theatre so that people with different ability statuses have the chance to see themselves represented on stage.

The Al Sawari Theatre Festival for Youth
Video

The Al Sawari Theatre Festival for Youth

Bahrain Cultural Theatre in Bahrain

Saturday 1 September - Monday 10 September 2018
Bahrain Cultural Theatre, Bahrain

The 12th Al Sawari International Youth Theatre Festival livestreams on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Saturday 1 September to Monday 10 September.

Performances from the ASHTAR Theatre International Youth Festival
Video

Performances from the ASHTAR Theatre International Youth Festival

Saturday 21 July to Sunday 29 July 2018
Ramallah, Palestine

ASHTAR Theatre in Ramallah, Palestine presented six performances from the ASHTAR Theatre International Youth Festival livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Saturday 21 July to Sunday 29 July 2018. 

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

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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.