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Here are some links to organizations, events and resources supporting and developing the work of TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) playwrights. If you know of an organization or event not listed here, please go to inform us and send us the details.

Tuesday
Apr122011

ArtsJournal (USA/International)

The site is a digest of some of the best arts and cultural journalism in the English-speaking world. Each day ArtsJournal features link to stories culled from more than 200 English-language newspapers, magazines and publications featuring writing about arts and culture.

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Thursday
Aug152013

Barnstorm Theatre Company (Ireland) [theatres that develop new work]

Barnstorm creates theatre with, by and for 'non-traditional audiences' in its community (children, young people, adults, community groups, schools etc). The company is best known for its work in the field of TYA and has built a deserved reputation for pushing boundaries in the field with a mission that every young citizen has the right to engagement in the arts throughout their lives.

Barnstorm has been producing exciting work since 1991 and is based in Kilkenny, Ireland. It has its own theatre, The Barn, where many of the annual productions are presented but also tours to venues throughout the country.

Barnstorm develops and produces new work annually and supports artists' development through its Incubate programme, which gives time, space and resources to new and emerging artists to R&D and/or present work in the field of TYA, Community Theatre and Education.

More information at their website

Monday
Apr252011

Brian Way Award (UK)

This Award aims to raise the profile of young peoples theatre, created by professionals, encouraging recognition and respect at home and abroad.

The Award prize is a cheque for £6,000. The Award is made to the writer whose play, in the judges’ opinion, most nearly satisfies the following description:
• a play in which the writing is of special quality
• a play that stimulates the imagination
• a play that demonstrates risk, passion and understanding of young audiences

A panel of independent judges will be appointed whose decision is final. Submitted plays should be by a playwright who must either be based in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

More information

 

Tuesday
Sep062011

Cahoots NI (Northern Ireland, UK) [Theatres that develop new work]

Cahoots NI is a professional children's touring theatre company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Company was formed in 2001 by Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney and Zoe Seaton. The Company concentrates on the visual potential of theatre and capitalises upon the age-old popularity of magic and illusion as an essential ingredient in the art of entertaining. Each production is at the centre of a body of outreach work designed to maximise artistic potential, customise the individual theatre experience and extend the imaginative life of the piece beyond the actual event.

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Friday
Sep212012

Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, MN (USA) [theatres that develop new work]

Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, MN, now in its 47th season, is the world’s leading creator and producer of theatre for young people in the English language. Established in 1965, Children’s Theatre has served more than 10,000,000+ young people and their families to date. CTC is notably the only Theatre for Young Audiences to win the Regional Tony Award (2003) and has been nominated for 3 additional Tony awards for its work in New York.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Peter Brosius and Managing Director Tim Jennings, CTC’s  new play laboratory, THRESHOLD, works with leading playwrights to create world premiere productions: Nilo Cruz, Greg Banks, Jeffrey Hatcher, Kia Corthrun, Naomi Iizuka and Cheryl West to name a few

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Thursday
Oct112012

Deaf West Theatre (USA) [theatres that develop new work]

Deaf West Theatre, Inc., was founded in 1991 to directly improve and enrich the cultural lives of deaf and hard of hearing individuals who live in the Los Angeles area.

Deaf West Theatre consistently sets the standard of innovation for inclusive theatrical experiences of the highest quality for deaf and hearing audiences. Productions feature deaf and hearing actors working together to tell stories in a seamless ballet of movement, American Sign Language and spoken - or sung - English.

Read more about Deaf West.

Monday
Sep262011

Francesmcgarry.com

FRANCES McGARRY, Ph.D. has been teaching theater for more than twenty-five years. The Young Playwrights Festival in New York City became the subject of her doctoral dissertation in the Program of Educational Theater at New York University. She has presented Young Playwrights Inc.’s Write A Play! Curriculum at local, regional, and national conferences.  Her new website www.francesmcgarry.com offers discussions on how practitioners are utilizing the arts to make our world a richer, deeper better place to live.

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Tuesday
May222012

HowlRound (USA)

HowlRound.com:  A journal of the theater commons that provides feedback and noise, voices and discourse on the state of new work.  Click here for the website.

 

 

Tuesday
Sep182012

Kazzum (England, UK) [Theaters that develop new work]

Kazzum (pronounced ka-ZOOM) is a theatre company dedicated to producing fresh, relevant theatrical experiences for young audiences up to the age of 16. We put on a wide range of very different shows and spectacles with one thing in common - we want to entertain our audiences, and at the same time inspire them and fire their imaginations.

We produce family shows for children up to the age of eight, and more grown-up shows for young people aged ten and upwards. We don't create shows just to explore issues but, like all good theatre, they are intended to make the audience think. For over twenty years we have been engaging and stimulating young people with work that we hope will create a lasting love of theatre and an understanding of its value.

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Wednesday
Apr132011

Kinder- und Jugendtheaterzentrum in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Germany)

Since the foundation of the Children’s and Young People’s Theatre Centre, promoting playwrights has been at the heart of its work. This involvement in supporting authors and their work is based on the fact that the artistic quality in children’s and young people’s theatre corresponds closely to the quality of its dramatic literature. With writing workshops, the Paul-Maar-Stipendium (Paul Maar Grant), the Deutscher Kindertheaterpreis (German Children’s Theatre Prize) and the Deutscher Jugendtheaterpreis (German Young People’s Theatre Prize) or the exchange with other European playwrights, the Centre has developed a range of promotional activities which is crowned every year by the Frankfurter Autorenforum für Kinder- und Jugendtheater (Frankfurt Playwrights Forum for Children’s and Young People’s Theatre).

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Monday
Jul022012

LAB007 (France, International)

LABOO7 is a professional network dedicated to multilingual theatre experiences for young audiences.

It is based on both a deep knowledge of the international contemporary repertoire for youth and the powerful richness of the sound and song of languages on stage.  Born in Europe in 2007, it's now opening worldwide, also acting as a go-between for all the contemporary forms of playwriting for children and teenagers.

The website is currently under reconstruction, for further information, contact the board of the LABOO7 reading committee:
Karin Serres : karin@karinserres.com
Marianne Segol : mariannesegol@hotmail.com
Sandrine Grataloup : sandrine.grataloup@sacd.fr

LABOO7 est un réseau professionnel dédié aux expériences théâtrales multilingues pour le jeune public, basé sur une profonde connaissance de son répertoire international contemporain et sur la richesse créatrice du champ-chant des langues sur scène. Né en Europe en 2007, il s'ouvre maintenant au monde entier et se veut aussi passeur de toutes les écritures dramatiques vivantes d'aujourd'hui pour enfants et adolescents.

Notre site web est actuellement en reconstruction. Pour plus d'informations, veuillez contacter le Bureau du comité de lecture de LABOO7:
Karin Serres : karin@karinserres.com
Marianne Segol : mariannesegol@hotmail.com
Sandrine Grataloup : sandrine.grataloup@sacd.fr

Wednesday
Nov232011

Le Carrousel (Canada) [Theatres that develop new work]

Convinced of the need for a true artistic encounter, Le Carrousel places at the core of its creative approach the question “What should we say to children?” and reflects deeply on artists’ self-censorship when dealing with young audiences.

Supported by creative research that breaks through limits and boundaries, artistic directors Suzanne Lebeau and Gervais Gaudreault have used their passion to form a repertoire of original works that are considered, in Quebec and abroad, to be milestones in the history of theatre for young audiences..

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Sunday
Aug142011

Looking for the Polish Shakespeare – National Competition for Young Playwrights (Poland)

The Polish Centre of ASSITEJ is the main organizer of this Competition for Young Playwrights. It has a long-standing tradition and it has been organized every two years since 1984.

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Wednesday
Apr132011

Lowdown Magazine Online (Australia)

Lowdown Magazine Online is Carclew Youth Arts' national youth performing arts online magazine and is the only publication of its kind in Australia. Lowdown is dedicated to profiling youth performing arts companies, practitioners and young and emerging artists working across art forms across Australia.

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Friday
Oct262012

Miami Theater Center (USA) [theatres that develop new work]

Formerly known as The PlayGround Theatre, the Miami Theater Center programs include MTCplayground, which produces theater, camps, and programs for children; MTCperformance, innovative theater, dance and music; MTCtraining, professional training for all aspects of the performing arts and MTCfilm, cinema that contextualizes live performances along with art house and independent films in partnership with O Cinema. MTC is under the artistic leadership of Stephanie Ansin.

For more information, email info@mtcmiami.org or visit our website.

Wednesday
Jul132011

National New Play Network (USA)

The National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country’s leading alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays.  NNPN strives to pioneer, implement and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights.  Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has paid nearly a half million dollars to theaters and playwrights, providing employment for hundreds of artists across the country where NNPN’s 26 member theaters are located and beyond.

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Friday
Aug262011

Native Voices at the Autry (USA) [Theatres that develop new work]

Native Voices at the Autry is the country’s only Equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to producing new works by Native American playwrights. The company has been hailed by critics as “a virtual Who’s Who of American Indian theatre artists,” “a hotbed for contemporary Native theatre,” “deeply compelling,” and “a powerful and eloquent voice.”

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Tuesday
Apr122011

New Dramatists (USA)

New Dramatists is dedicated to the playwright, and pursues a singular mission: to find gifted playwrights and give them the time, space, and tools to develop their craft, so that they may fulfill their potential and make lasting contributions to the theatre. Regarded as a national leader in playwright support and advocacy, New Dramatists has remained a pioneer in the field of new play development since their inception in 1949.

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Wednesday
Aug102011

New Plays for Children and Young People (Poland)

New Plays for Children and Young People has been published since 1992 (editor: Zbigniew Rudziński) and is aimed at professional and amateur theatres. Thirty-two volumes have been issued so far.

The publishing of New Plays for Children and Young People is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and it is currently the only publication in Poland which regularly presents the latest drama works for young audiences.

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Wednesday
Apr132011

New Plays for Young Audiences at New York University (USA / International)

Now in its fourteenth season, the New Plays for Young Audiences (NPYA) play reading series focuses more specifically on the development of scripts for child and young people's audiences. The creative vision of the Program in Educational Theatre's co-founders, Lowell and Nancy Swortzell, was to establish a program to encourage the development of plays for youth written by both NYU students and noted authors in the U.S. and abroad.

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