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  • Gai Jones

    Loved reading about the power of youth theatre, whether performed and/or written by youth or for youth. This is my 50th year in teaching/directing all ages of Theatre education. The oldest actor who has taken my Sage to Stage workshop and performance is 92 years of age. I also serve on the Governing Board of Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) http://www.schooltheatre.org. We develop opportunities for Theatre educators and their students; oftentimes the schools and companies involved with EdTA include Plays for and by youth within our seasons. I loved to specialize in inter-generational Theatre productions which features adults and youth performing family-friendly plays and musicals. There is power in cross-the-ages experiences in the play making. We also feature writings by elementary youth in our performances; our company of actors take the school children’s essays, poems, essays and dramatize them. At the performances the writers are featured as “Playwrights of the Event,” and invited to the stage for a certificate.

    The opportunities are limitless to include the emerging talents of youth-to-adult actors, writers, designers and audience goers. I have so many plays on my Bucket List of Directing. I look forward to directing and teaching for many years.
    Would love to act as a resource to connect the Education Departments of the Professional Theatres with EdTA.

  • Darrah Cloud

    If we continue to feed children plays adapted from books that are dated, that don’t address what kids are going through today, and of which they already know the story–mainly because the familiar title will make their parents buy tickets–we are doing a great disservice to children. Cincinnati Playhouse, for one, has been commissioning new plays for children from playwrights for years now as part of a very famous children’s theatre program, and these plays are built from the ground up to address what real kids are going through in their very real lives. They toured school and community centers throughout Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Indiana, playing to kids who have never seen theatre before. If theatre is to be made for children, then it needs to be created for them, not out of commercial interests aimed at their parents.

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