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.

The Latest

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

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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.

Performance of The Most [Blank] City in America
Video

Performance of The Most [Blank] City in America

Sunday 1 May 2016
Flint, MI, United States

Flint Youth Theatre in Flint, Michigan presented a performance of The Most [Blank] City in America livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 1 May at 2 p.m. EDT (New York) / 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 11 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 18:00 GMT / 7 p.m. BST (London). In Twitter, use #howlround and follow @howlroundtv.

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)’s 30th Regional Arts Training Workshop
Video

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)’s 30th Regional Arts Training Workshop

29 April to 30 April 2016
San Antonio, TX, United States

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) proudly presented the 30th Regional Arts Training Workshop from San Antonio, Texas livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 29 April to Saturday 30 April. In Twitter use #CafeOnda and #HowlRound

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

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
Essay

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
Essay

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.

The Ellen Stewart International Award for Social Change
Video

The Ellen Stewart International Award for Social Change

Wednesday 24 February 2016
New York City, NY, United States

ITI (International Theatre Institute)La MaMa New York and Italy, and the Spoleto Festival of 2 Worlds presented the award ceremony for the Ellen Stewart International Award for social change livestreamed on the commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 24 February at 6 p.m. EST (New York) / 5 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 3 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 23:00 GMT (London) / 00:00 CET (Rome). Livestream operated by CultureHub. In Twitter, follow @HowlRoundTV and use #howlround.

Latina/o Plays for Young Performers
Essay

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…”
Essay

“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
Essay

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
Essay

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.

Taking Children Seriously at Fun House Theatre and Film
Essay

Taking Children Seriously at Fun House Theatre and Film

23 October 2015

What if the only thing “childish” about a children’s theatre was the age of the performers? Fun House in Dallas-Ft. Worth is a youth acting program that avoids the “juniorization” of work.

The Borders of Theatre for Youth
Essay

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.

Striving for a Season of Premieres at The Children’s Theatre Company
Essay

Striving for a Season of Premieres at The Children’s Theatre Company

18 September 2015

Peter Brosius sheds light on how the 50th Anniversary season at The Children’s Theatre Company came together.

Thoughts Inspired by ATC Youth Ensemble's Greensboro
Essay

Thoughts Inspired by ATC Youth Ensemble's Greensboro

A Requiem

11 September 2015

Neal Reynolds on American Theatre Company’s Youth Ensemble production of Greensboro: A Requiem by Emily Mann in Chicago, Illinois.

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

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.

Respecting Hip Hop in Rising Youth Theatre’s production of antonia
Essay

Respecting Hip Hop in Rising Youth Theatre’s production of antonia

a latina hip-hop Antigone

7 September 2015

Playwright José Casas discusses Rising Youth Theatre’s process for incorporating hip-hop in its upcoming project for theatre for young audiences.

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

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.