These theatres prove that you don’t have to be a TYA-specific theatre to commission and produce shows for kids and teens.
Shows in Nashville, Kansas City, and New Haven are asking kids to form opinions and make decisions about important issues.
Chicago Children’s Theatre and Imagination Stage are establishing fruitful partnerships to present dance/theatre to their audiences.
Two shows at the New Victory Theater show the importance of technology in live performances for young audiences.
First Stage, New Visions/New Voices, Imagination Stage, and more are staging original stories for young audiences.
In creating work for babies and toddlers, Alliance Theatre, Metro Theatre Company, and others get back to the roots of theatremaking.
The organization supports more than 100 TYA companies and aims to make their work more relevant to the field at large.
Samuel French, Music Theatre International, and Plays for Young Audiences aim to expand the reach and broaden the appeal of works for young audiences.
In 2014, the paper stopped reviewing theatre for young audiences, but local companies aren’t taking it lying down.
Both Acrobuffos and Cirque Mechanics are making ambitious shows at the edges of their form, and they’re not just for kids.