Professional Development Webinars
TYA/USA offers artists, practitioners, and students the chance to engage with issues facing the field on both national and international levels.
Curated from suggestions offered by the TYA/USA membership, this year’s season of webinars reflect the topics most relevant to our community right now. Each webinar features a conversation with industry professionals based around a certain topic.
Note: During the COVID-19 Crisis, all TYA/USAWebinars are free for everyone, regardless of TYA/USA membership. We’re also offering recordings of our recent webinars for free, exploring a variety of strategies, ideas, and resources from leaders across the TYA community as we collectively respond to this challenging time.
If you have suggestions for future webinars, please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
Upcoming WebinarsSuggest a Future Topic
Racism as a Public Health Emergency
How do we recognize racism as a public health emergency, and take action to support our communities? This session will zoom out beyond the theatre world to focus on the communities we serve, exploring the ways in which racism is a public health emergency. The session will offer ideas on the importance of arts to address this emergency in communities, as well as ways TYA professionals can tangibly respond to the emergency of racism within and outside of the walls of our institutions.Learn More
The Activist Teaching Artist
How can an independent teaching artist incorporate their activism into their work in the classroom and in the community? How can embedded activism in teaching artist practice benefit both the organization and the communities they serve? Using the work of Seattle’s Arts Corps in connecting artistry and community action as inspiration, this session will explore the role of the teaching artist through the lens of activism and our current moment.Learn More
Honoring Native Stories and Acknowledging Indigenous Identities in TYA
How can non Native TYA institutions honor, represent and collaborate with Native Communities? How can Native Communities benefit from a deeper connection with Theatre for Young Audiences? This session will focus on honoring Native American stories in TYA, and how acknowledgment of indigenous communities and Native land can impact the day-to-day functioning of TYA organizations.Learn More
Decentering Whiteness in Touring & Presenting TYA (Presented in association with IPAY)
How can Presenters, who curate domestic and international performances for young audiences for their local communities, take an active role in reflecting their audiences on stage? How can the Presenting field interrogate the ways that white supremacy can impact notions of “Quality” in aesthetics of TYA? Join a panel of presenters for a roundtable discussion unpacking the challenges and the opportunities for creating a more equitable landscape in touring and presenting TYA in the US.Learn More
Next Steps: Reflection, Action, and Accountability
Where do we go from here? Equipped with the tools we’ve developed or deepened over the course of the series, join BIPOC TYA professionals from across the country in a conversation on holding ourselves accountable, creating tangible strategies for change, and collectively moving our field forward.Learn More