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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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

by Kim Peter Kovac
20 March 2019
Terror, Strength, Pain, Brilliance, and Children in Four Little Girls
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Terror, Strength, Pain, Brilliance, and Children in Four Little Girls

by Alex Ates
21 February 2019
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

by Marci R. McMahon
19 February 2019
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Thursday, December 6th Weekly Howl
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Thursday, December 6th Weekly Howl

Theater For Young Audiences

5 December 2012

This week's Howl goes all the way with TYA

The Path
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The Path

8 November 2012

Lindsay Price offers a meditation about working as a professional playwright for the school market.

Confessions of a Reluctant TYA Playwright
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Confessions of a Reluctant TYA Playwright

25 May 2012

Sarah Gubbins reflects on the premiere of her play fml, its licensing, and the idea that the line between theater for young audiences and mainstream theater isn't so distinct after all.

In Search of the Artistic Home
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In Search of the Artistic Home

25 May 2012

Jamie Gahlon has asked theater artists from around the country to talk about their personal search for an artistic home. Ashley Forman continues this series.

Friday Phone Call # 29
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Friday Phone Call # 29

Peter Brosius of Children's Theatre Company Minneapolis

25 May 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Peter Brosius, Artistic Director of Children's Theatre Company.

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Baby Maybe
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Baby Maybe

24 May 2012

Barry Kornhauser argues for the importance of a new brand of TYA: theater for babies.

Theater of the Young, For the Young
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Theater of the Young, For the Young

24 May 2012

Steven Dietz asks what the perfect audience for a play would look like. 

Friday Phone Call # 28
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Friday Phone Call # 28

Tony Graham

24 May 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Tony Graham.

Writing for Children
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Writing for Children

Getting past the Gatekeepers

23 May 2012

Cheryl West tells of her own experience writing theatre for young audiences surrounding the topic of race, and how children are a lot more well-equipped to process difficult topics than we think they are. Are we holding children back by trying to censor programming "for their own good?"

Chupacabras and Risk in TYA
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Chupacabras and Risk in TYA

22 May 2012

Gabriel Jason Dean writes about TYA, and what themes we do and do not allow children to experience onstage. But when is sheltering and censoring more of a burden than a benefit for young theatregoers?

Interview with Finegan Kruckemeyer
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Interview with Finegan Kruckemeyer

21 May 2012

Under the idea that children’s stories are for all ages, Finegan Kruckemeyer expresses the need for stories to show the complexities of emotions that the youth experience.

At Play in the Field of TYA—a Guide for the Uninitiated
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At Play in the Field of TYA—a Guide for the Uninitiated

20 May 2012

Elissa Adams offers a roadmap to those first  jumping into  the field of Theater for Young Audiences. 

Three people stand on a stage. One kneels on the ground wearing horns, one poses while wearing a pink tutu and orange cape, and other looks out into the audience while wearing a cookie monster t-shirt.
Don't Call it Sweet
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Don't Call it Sweet

11 March 2012

Sarah Coleman talks about the stigma of "sweetness" that surrounds TYA, and the idea that creating plays for children is no child's play.

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The Gaming Challenge to Theater for Young Audiences
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The Gaming Challenge to Theater for Young Audiences

3 August 2011

Playwright John Olive looks at what theatre for young audiences (TYA) can learn from video games.

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Latinx and Latin American Theatre for Young Audiences
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Latinx and Latin American Theatre for Young Audiences

This series discusses Latinx theatre for young audiences, as a lead up to the 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening.

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

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 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

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. 

Interning for The Theater Offensive by Tatiana Gil and Max Cerci
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Interning for The Theater Offensive by Tatiana Gil and Max Cerci

Theatre artists Tatiana Gil and Max Cerci speak on their experience working at the Theater Offensive as True Color Expansion Interns.

Making Queer Theatre with Young People in Texas 
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Making Queer Theatre with Young People in Texas 

This series documents a junior high LGBTQ+ production of Romeo and Juliet.

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)’s 30th Regional Arts Training Workshop in San Antonio, Texas—Friday 29 April to Saturday 30 April 2016
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The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)’s 30th Regional Arts Training Workshop in San Antonio, Texas—Friday 29 April to Saturday 30 April 2016

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

Performance of The Most [Blank] City in America at Flint Youth Theatre in Flint, Michigan—Sunday 1 May 2017
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Performance of The Most [Blank] City in America at Flint Youth Theatre in Flint, Michigan—Sunday 1 May 2017

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 Ellen Stewart International Award for Social Change at La MaMa in New York—Wednesday 24 February 2016
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The Ellen Stewart International Award for Social Change at La MaMa in New York—Wednesday 24 February 2016

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.

Why I Hate Children's Theatre
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Why I Hate Children's Theatre

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

Write Now: a National Effort for Developing New Work for Young Audiences at Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis—Monday 4 May & Tuesday 5 May 2015
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Write Now: a National Effort for Developing New Work for Young Audiences at Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis—Monday 4 May & Tuesday 5 May 2015

Indiana Repertory Theatre and Childsplay presents three conversations from Write Now—a national effort to advocate for playwrights and to promote the development of new work for young audiences—livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 4 May and Tuesday 5 May. In Twitter, use #howlround & #tya. Follow @HowlRoundTV for updates.

A Call for Solidarity: A Real-Time Networked Performance Linking Hawaii, Alaska, and NYC—Wednesday 15 April 2015
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A Call for Solidarity: A Real-Time Networked Performance Linking Hawaii, Alaska, and NYC—Wednesday 15 April 2015

A Call for Solidarity—a real-time networked performance linking Hawaii, Alaska, and New York City—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 15 April at 8 p.m. EDT (New York) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 5 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 4 p.m. AKDT (Alaska) / 2 p.m. HAST (Hawaii).