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Professional Development Webinars

TYA/USA offers artists, practitioners, and students across the country and around the world the chance to engage in dialogue on issues facing the field of theatre for young audiences. 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.  


Webinars are free for current TYA/USA members and $20 for nonmembers.

2017-2018 TYA/USA Professional Development Webinars

Curated from TYA/USA Member Suggestions!


Next Up:

Thursday, February 15, 2018     11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET

Igniting the Senses: Theatrical Design in the World of TYA

Is designing for a TYA production any different than designing a show for adult audiences? What are the unique opportunities and challenges designers face in the TYA world? How does an emerging designer break in to the TYA field? Join TYA/USA as we hear from a panel of designers, who design for both TYA and mainstream theater, as they share their experiences and offer insight into designing for TYA.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018     11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET

Part of Your World: Introducing “Mainstream Theatre” Artists to the TYA form

Many theaters consider commissioning an acclaimed mainstream theatre artist to write for TYA to be the “holy grail” in our field. What challenges to these writers face in writing for young audiences for the first time? What support can theatres provide them in creating successful scripts that engage young people and adults alike? Join TYA/USA as we interview a few playwrights and theatres who have bridged this divide.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018     11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET

Unpacking the Box: How to Incorporate Trauma-Informed Practice into Teaching Artistry and the TYA Classroom

We know that many of the students we encounter in our classrooms and in our theatres have experienced trauma. What are best practices in culturally responsive teaching? How can we incorporate trauma-informed practice in our work, in the theatre and in the classroom? Join TYA/USA as we unpack these questions and offer practical resources for artists, educators and teachers.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018    11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET

Seeds of Change: Innovative Case Studies from Across the Field

Did you know that seven TYA theatres across the country collaborated to co-commission a new play that will premiere in all seven venues this year? Did you know that one TYA/USA member theatre has led conversations at every major national and international conference this year to dialogue around what quality looks like in our field? Join TYA/USA as we hear more about these two case studies – the co-commissioning of Judy Moody…, and the New Victory Theater’s findings on how we talk about quality in our field.

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To participate in a webinar you need a PC or MAC. Or download the GoToWebinar app from Google Play or the iTunes Store.

Each event features audio with visual materials. You can listen and communicate either by your computer or mobile device’s microphone & speakers or by calling into a telephone number that we’ll provide. Participants may submit questions for our guests primarily through the Questions tab on your webinar dashboard.

Webinar History

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TYA/USA Webinar History

Your Professional Development Committee

Karen Sharp
Committee Chair

Karen Sharp is a current TYA/USA Board Member and the Managing Director of Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Alicia Lark Fuss
Comittee Member

Alicia Lark Fuss is the current TYA/USA Board Secretary and the director of education at Nashville Children’s Theatre.

Matthew Gutschick
Committee Member

Matthew is a current TYA/USA Board Member and the Artistic Director of of The Omaha Theater Company (The Rose).

Jeremy Winchester
Committee Member

Jeremy is a current TYA/USA Board member and professor at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.











Photos: The Day John Henry Came to School at Chicago Playworks (DePaul University) – Photo: Michael Brosilow

RAGTIME: SCHOOL EDITION, Seattle Childrens Theatre. Photo Credit: Eva Blanchard Photography

Reflections of a Rock Lobster at Boston Children’s Theatre – Photo: Saglio Photography, Inc.