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Members, have you checked out MARQUEE lately? We’ve updated the organization listings to show 2015-16 season information. We’ve also created a snapshot of the field on the new Trends page. You’ll also be able to read the very first issue of TYA Today in the Bonus Material page. Click HERE to check it out.
We are also now taking applications for the 2016 Ann Shaw Fellowship! In 2016, TYA/USA will award one $3,000 Fellowship to fund research, mentorship, and travel opportunities between January and December 2016. TYA practitioners at all career stages are strongly encouraged to apply. All applications will be considered equally and the Fellowship will be awarded to the project the selection committee feels will have the most impact on the creative work of the applicant and has the potential to impact the field of TYA. Applicants must be current TYA/USA members. For more information and to apply, visit the Ann Shaw Fellowship Homepage. Deadline is Nov. 2.
There are a few days left to sign up to be a host site for Young Playwrights For Change Year 3! This year, our open theme asks, “What Do You Want To Change About the World?” The winning playwright from the national competition will be invited to attend OTW: Sessions 2016 hosted by Adventure Theatre MTC preceding the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices for a reading of their play. All TYA/USA and AATE members are eligible to sign up. For much more information and to sign up, visit the Young Playwrights for Change Homepage. Deadline is Oct. 16.
Our next Professional Development Webinar on Creating Theatrical Experiences for Young People with Autism is happening in late Oct. 26. For more info and to register, click HERE. For more general information, visit Professional Development Homepage.
Calls for Submissions:
ASSITEJ International seeks high quality photos and short supporting articles for the 2016 edition of ASSITEJ Magazine. This year's theme coincides with the Birmingham, UK artistic gathering theme: Interdisciplinary Exchange. More information can be found HERE. Deadline is Oct. 31.
The NYU Steinhart School of Culture, Education, and Human Development is taking script submissions for its New Plays for Young Audiences play development series and proposal submissions of propose workshops, papers, posters, and performances for its 2016 Forum on Education. More info can be found HERE. Deadlines are Oct. 16 and Jan. 15, respectively.
Two member theatres are hiring Development Directors! To learn more about the position at Adventure Theatre – Musical Theater Center outside of Washington, D.C., click HERE. To learn more about Seattle Children’s Theatre’s offer, go HERE. Good luck!
Here’s wishing everyone a most excellent Halloween season.
Michael A. Van Kerckhove
Executive Director, TYA/USA
Linda Hartzell retires after raising Seattle Children's Theatre to the top of its class nationwide
The Seattle Times
When Linda Hartzell was hired to lead Seattle Children's Theatre in 1984, it was a small, dedicated company with a modest annual budget. Staffed mostly by volunteers, the company presented its shows at the Poncho Theatre in Woodland Park Zoo. Today, Hartzell presides over one of Seattle’s theatrical jewels: a spacious, fully equipped, two-venue drama complex at Seattle Center, operating on a $5.5 million budget and catering to more than 100,000 patrons last season.
Black Piet. Old man stereotypes just keep rollin' along…
How do we talk about offensive racial stereotypes without smarming each other with accusations of bigotry — blatant or latent? This isn’t a "diversity" discussion — about inclusion of hitherto neglected ethnicities/genders/orientations in the workplace or in depictions in cultural media. Rather, this is a discussion about those depictions themselves, when they're perceived as offensive, of the hurt they cause, and the free speech "rights" of others to employ those depictions.
ASL shadowing illuminates the Coterie's brisk, brilliantly acted Miracle Worker
Like many, I was first exposed to The Miracle Worker — William Gibson's 1959 script about the deaf and blind Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan — in high school English class. Poor, well-meaning Bolhoefer insisted that we act it out in class. Which meant assigning a freshman to voice Helen's grunts and cries. "Serious" and "respectful" are not adjectives I would use to describe what ensued.
Childsplay and Rising Youth Theatre sponsor playwriting competition
Childsplay has announced that it will be partnering with Rising Youth Theatre to participate in Young Playwrights for Change, a nationwide playwriting competition for young artists. Sponsored by the American Alliance for Theatre Education and Theatre for Young Audiences USA, the project, which encourages 6th–8th grade students to write 10-minute plays on the subject of change, seeks "to harness the creativity of young playwrights to produce meaningful conversations throughout classrooms, schools, and communities across the country," according to a recent statement.
Arts on the Horizon Presents POINT A TO POINT B, Now thru Oct. 18
Arts on the Horizon, the DC metro area's only theatre company exclusively focused on creating original work for children ages 0 - 6, presents Point A to Point B tonight, October 9, through October 18, 2015 at the W-3 Theatre at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. This world premiere, nonverbal play conceived by David Kilpatrick and directed by Megan Alrutz is inspired by the American on the Move exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Emerald City Theatre's Little Theatre charms with Three Little Kittens
Created and directed by Artistic Director Ernie Nolan, "Three Little Kittens" stars Pippa, Patches and Pinwheel (known in their human paws as Hannah Dawe, Tyler Esselman and Will Wilhelm, respectively), and follows the trio as they follow the lost mitten trail. Kits containing “tools” pertaining to the story are handed out to each kiddo, letting everyone get in on the deerstalker hat action. All three actors are engaging, not to mention incredibly patient, during this sweet show.
Children's Theatre structure changes
January will mark the beginning of a new chapter for the 90-year-old Children's Theatre of Cincinnati. In preparation for the new theater opening in early 2016, the organization announced a new leadership infrastructure.
Men in togas are already pretty funny if you're in the right mood, and the sharp and playful young company at Fun House Theatre and Film gets the laughs going right away in Woody Allen's God, A Comedy in One Act. It all happens in the intimate Black Box Theatre at Plano Children's Theatre performance complex on Custer Road. What better pairing than an sorta-absurdist comedy about the meaning of life and writer’s block written by Allen in his 20s and a troupe of super-charged, confident actors, ages 9-18, directed with fearless wildcat-herding skill by award-winning playwright Matt Lyle?
Olivia Hardy talks with Tony Yazbeck about his work with the YoungArts Foundation
Over the summer I was introduced to this fantastic organization called the National YoungArts Foundation. I had never heard of it before, but a few of my friends told me about it so I decided to do a little research. The National YoungArts Foundation is an organization dedicated to helping students fulfill their dreams in all aspects of the arts. From master classes to granting scholarships, YoungArts strives to keep the arts alive in as many ways as they can. Along with their incredible opportunities for students, they also have a pretty impressive group of alumni.
Theatres must stop discriminating against parents
After the actor Laura Wells became pregnant, the work offers dried up. She is now trying to get back into the business, but in the meantime she hasn’t been idle. At the Young Vic on 16 October, she is due to speak at the launch conference of a new campaign organization, Parents in the Performing Arts (Pipa). Wells will present the results of a survey that she conducted among parents working in theatre – actors to stage managers, directors to administrators – about their experiences.
5 movies every child actor should see
Marci Liroff, an acting coach, writes: "In my article "How to Make Friends With Directors," I pointed out how beneficial it is for an actor to continue to study actors’ performances in older, classic films. You should become a walking film library. Not only will it make you a better actor, you'll rediscover why you’ve chosen this profession in the first place. The same is true with child actors.
Review: 'Up and Away,' a trip into the clouds for a special audience
The New York Times
"I don’t see us lifting off," the little blond girl said to her companion, Faux Fogg of the Fogg Family Balloon Society. It was a fair point. Seated in one of a gaggle of hot-air balloons beneath a fluffy white firmament, we could feel a breeze blowing — it came from large, hand-held fans that some of the grown-ups were fluttering — and we’d been told that we were airborne. Yet not a single craft appeared to leave the ground.
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