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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Protect the Body
Essay

Protect the Body

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

by Clare Hennessy
26 November 2019
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
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

by Alex Ates
29 July 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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. 

Performances of Ten-Minute Plays from @ArenaStage Student Playwrights at Arena Stage
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Performances of Ten-Minute Plays from @ArenaStage Student Playwrights at Arena Stage

Monday 12 March 2012
Washington, D.C., United States

Arena Stage's Student Playwrights Project presented performances of the eight winning plays livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv  on Monday 12 March 2012 at 12 p.m. EST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 9 a.m. PST.

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.

Two video characters talking to each other.
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.

two performers balancing on poles onstage
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.

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.

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?

Chicago TYA
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Chicago TYA

A series that explores youth ensembles in Chicagoland, the communities that encourage them, and how young people create theatre for young people.