Providing advocacy & resources for the field of theatre for young audiences.

About Theatre for Young Audiences.

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Here, learn about Who We Are and What We Do and meet current and past TYA/USA Board members and Presidents.


What We Do

TYA/USA provides advocacy and resources in order to strengthen and diversify the field of theatre for young audiences.

Who We Are

Founded in 1965, TYA/USA is the United States Center for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ), and a national membership organization that strengthens the artistic and cultural impact of theatre for young audiences by empowering, connecting, and inspiring our members – thereby fostering a global appreciation of the field’s excellence.

Core Values

  • We believe in promoting artistic excellence throughout the field.
  • We believe in cultivating a diverse and inclusive field. 
  • We believe in embracing the variety of practitioners working in our field: artists, teachers, community leaders, and advocates.

Our Mission

Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA), is a national service organization whose mission is to promote the power of professional theatre for young audiences through excellence, collaboration, and innovation across cultural and international boundaries.  Founded in 1965 as ASSITEJ/USA, TYA/USA is the only theatre organization in the United States which has the development of professional theatre for young audiences and international exchange as its primary mandates.

The TYA/USA Board

Get to know the current TYA/USA Board of Directors. Dig into Board history with our Hall of Presidents and Board Alumni gallery.


TYA/USA Board President Andrew Frank, New York City Children’s Theater
Gail Erwin, Harold & Ima Jean Oaks, Dale & Carol Korty, ASSITEJ World Congress 1999, Tromsø, Norway

TYA/USA History

We are working on adapting and updating a new online TYA Timeline from a history originally researched and written by Jeanne Klein (University of Kansas) for the Spring 2005 issue of TYA Today Magazine.

Update: This project is currently on hold.