National Festival & Conference

The TYA/USA Biennial Festival & Conference (One Theatre World) is the most significant gathering of theatre for young audiences professionals in North America, featuring performances, juried breakout sessions (workshops and discussions), master classes, keynote presentations, special events, and networking opportunities.

The next Festival & Conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia May 8-11, 2019. It will be co-presented and hosted by The Alliance Theatre.

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Call for Proposals: Breakout Sessions for the 2019 TYA/USA National Festival & Conference

TYA/USA invites proposals for sessions to be conducted at the 2019 TYA/USA National Festival & Conference in Atlanta May 8-11, 2019. The conference committee seeks participatory, experiential workshops that provide high-quality learning experiences to further the national conversation for professionals working in theatre for young audiences. Workshops should aim to accomplish more than offering a case study of a particular program or production, providing participants practical tools for their own work or posing important questions for the field to explore. The theme of this year’s conference is Breaking Down Walls. We will review submissions on any topic, but we’re particularly interested in sessions that address one of the following areas:

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the field of TYA
  • The Business of TYA (Marketing, Fundraising, Audience Engagement)
  • Innovative Models of Collaboration
  • Best Practices in Education Programs supporting TYA

Each session should be  75 minutes in length.

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The deadline to apply is Friday November 16, 2018.

Up to twelve (12) sessions will be presented at the conference. Finalists will be notified in December, and may be asked to provide additional information to the conference committee. Final selections will be made by December 7, 2018. Presenters will be responsible for their own conference registration, travel, and all related expenses. Presenters will be listed on the Festival & Conference website and will be included in the program.

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