Part of Your World: “Mainstream” Artists Create TYA
How do "mainstream" artists navigate creating TYA for the first time?
TYA Theatres and audiences are energized when acclaimed mainstream artists known for their work for adult audiences create Theatre for Young Audiences, either for the first time or regularly as part of their practice. What challenges do these artists face in writing for young audiences for the first time? What have they learned in the experience of bridging this divide? What can they teach us about our own practice, and what support do they need from the TYA community in creating new work?
Join TYA/USA as we interview a panel of nationally-celebrated artists who will share their motivations, challenges and hopes for creating projects specifically for young audiences.
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 2-3:15pm Eastern
Cost: Members – Free / Non-Members – $20
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For 25 years, Howie Dorough has been a part of the Backstreet Boys, one of the most successful groups in music history, with countless #1s, record-setting tours, and worldwide sales in excess of 130 million. A multiple award winning and Grammy-nominated performer, Howie’s work with BSB has gone gold and platinum in 46 countries, and BSB has continually delivered the finest pop music one has to offer, making them one of pop’s most influential performers and the best-selling boy band in history. In March 2017, BSB kicked off their Las Vegas residency “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” by setting two records – fastest selling residency in Las Vegas history and host to the biggest audience in the history of Las Vegas headlining residencies. BSB recently scored their first #1 Country Radio single with their Florida Georgia Line single “God, Your Mama, And Me,” and they are currently working on their 10th studio album to be released in 2018.
Philip Dawkins is a Chicago playwright and educator. His plays include Failure: A Love Story(Victory Gardens Theater), Le Switch (About Face Theatre, The Jungle), The Homosexuals (About Face Theater), The Burn (Steppenwolf Theatre) and Dr.Seuss’s The Sneetches, the Musical with composer David Mallamud (Children’s Theater Company, Minneapolis), as well as many plays for young audiences and performers. He received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work for his plays Charm (Northlight Theatre, MCC Theatre Company. directed by Will Davis) and Miss Marx: Or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living (Strawdog Theatre), as well a the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Solo Performance for his play, The Happiest Place on Earth (Side Show Theatre/Greenhouse Theater Center). Winter 2018, look for his plays, The Gentleman Caller with Raven Theatre, Chicago and later with Abingdon Theatre, NYC. Philip currently teaches playwriting at his alma mater, Loyola University Chicago.
Tor Hyams is a Grammy®-nominated producer and songwriter with over 25 years of experience in the music industry—from writing and performing his own material to producing world-class recording artists (Lou Rawls, Isaac Hayes, Debbie Harry, Perry Farrell, Adam Pascal, Joan Osborne, Rachel York, Vivian Campbell and Edwin McCain) and composing dozens of scores for both film and television. Additionally, Tor co-founded and produced Kidzapalooza and Austin Kiddie Limits, the two largest, live family music festivals in the country. Tor has also written and produced several television shows, including productions for Endemol USA, FOX and Warner Brothers. In musical theatre, Tor and his partner, Lisa Rothauser, have written Stealing Time, LIFE. Who Knew, How We Do with Backstreet Boy, Howie D., til midnight with John Cariani, and are currently working under commission on Green Acres the Musical based on the legendary TV show of the same name.
Anne Washburn‘s plays include 10 out of 12, Antlia Pneumatica, Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, A Devil At Noon, I Have Loved Strangers, The Internationalist, The Ladies, Little Bunny Foo Foo, Mr. Burns, The Small, an adaption of The Twilight Zone, and transadaptations of Euripides’ Orestes & Iphigenia in Aulis. Her work has premiered with 13P, Actors Theater of Louisville, The Almeida, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Folger, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, Two River Theater Company, Vineyard Theater and Woolly Mammoth. Honors include a Guggenheim, a Whiting, an Alpert Award, a PEN/Laura Pels award for artist in mid-career, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. She is an associated artist with The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Chochiqq, and is an alumna of New Dramatists.