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
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Theater for Young Audiences, America, and the Two Plutos
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Theater for Young Audiences, America, and the Two Plutos

18 March 2014

I have to wonder why Berliners are willing to bring their children to film or theater like "Pluto". Why are they more apt to present for their children’s consideration an unvarnished exploration of what is dark and hard in the world, and Americans are not?

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Shakespeare for the Young in Indianapolis
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Shakespeare for the Young in Indianapolis

20 February 2014

When we do a talk back after our public performances of a Shakespearean play, there's a particular question that frequently comes up. This one question does a fair job of identifying the mission of EclecticPond Theatre Company (ETC). It's also the reason I signed on with the company shortly after it was formed in 2010. Invariably, this question comes from a well-meaning adult, and it always manages to surprise me that it has been asked again. “Do you really think that students can actually relate to anything in this play?”

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Homosexuality in Theater for Young Audiences
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Homosexuality in Theater for Young Audiences

Jester’s Cap

21 January 2014

Alice Stanley reflects on Binary Theatre Company's production of Jester's Cap, by Daniel Pennyway and making theatre that contains feminism and same-sex love for a possibly-conservative audience.

Actions Speak Louder than Words
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Actions Speak Louder than Words

The Growing Place of Visual Theater

15 January 2014

Bethany Lynn Corey offers a reflection and insight on the benefits of visual theatre.

A TYA Artist Turned Gatekeeper, or Perspectives of A TYA Artist Turned Gatekeeper
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A TYA Artist Turned Gatekeeper, or Perspectives of A TYA Artist Turned Gatekeeper

19 August 2013

Riley Braem writes about his experience programming TYA, and why it's important to expose audiences to challenging work – the younger, the better.

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Choosing the Kiddie Table
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Choosing the Kiddie Table

7 August 2013

Courtney Sale offers an overview of the new play development conference, Write Now.

Other Worlds Bleed Through
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Other Worlds Bleed Through

31 July 2013

While examining the Paleolithic period, Eric Coble investigates the power of fluidity and permeability in theatre. 

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Voices of Now Youth Ensemble Performances at Arena Stage
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Voices of Now Youth Ensemble Performances at Arena Stage

Friday 17 May 2013
Washington, D.C., United States

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presented the third annual Voices of Now Festival livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 17 May 2013 at 4:30 p.m. PDT / 6:30 p.m. CDT / 7:30 p.m. EDT / 23:30 GMT. View the conversion into your local time.

The Annual Young Playwrights Festival at Florida Studio Theatre
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The Annual Young Playwrights Festival at Florida Studio Theatre

Saturday 11 May 2013
Sarasota, FL, United States

Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota presented the annual Young Playwrights Festival livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 11 May beginning at 7 a.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 9 a.m. CDT (Chicago) / 10 a.m. EDT (New York) / 14:00 GMT / 3 p.m. BST (London). ​

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Weekly Howl on Thursday, February 7
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Weekly Howl on Thursday, February 7

Creating new models and infrastructure for TYA producing, presenting, touring

4 February 2013

This week's Howl and will focus on creating new models and infrastructure for Theater for Young Audiences' producing, presenting, and touring.

Several people in penguin costumes in a production of And Then Came Tango.
Ruffling Feathers
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Ruffling Feathers

Theater for Social Justice

29 January 2013

Creating and producing social advocacy theatre faces many roadblocks. Emily Freeman learned that exercising relentlessness while practicing love is the best way to find an audience.

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Weekly Howl on Thursday, January 31
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Weekly Howl on Thursday, January 31

How are you going to smartly negotiate the changing landscape of the TYA field?

28 January 2013

Join us thursday to discuss the changing landscape of Theatre for Young Audiences

The Shifting Landscape of Theatre for Young Audiences
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The Shifting Landscape of Theatre for Young Audiences

Searching for (and Creating) New Maps

27 January 2013

Kim Peter Kovac on the changing landscape of Theater for Young Audiences, and the opportunities that presents. 

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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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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.

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
Podcast

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.

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Baby Maybe
Essay

Baby Maybe

24 May 2012

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

Writing for Children
Essay

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.