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

Welcome to the TYA/USA Professional Development.

Professional Development Webinars

TYA/USA wants to give its members a chance to connect with TYA professionals from all over the world in a personal way. Our webinars are led by industry professionals based around a certain topic. These 60 to 90 minute sessions feature conversations or presentations followed by a Q & A; or open, active, and intimate dialogues between the registered participants and the session leaders.

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.


New starting March 2016: Webinars are free for current TYA/USA members and $20 for nonmembers.

For nonmembers: after payment, you will be redirected to the webinar registration page.

For all: We will confirm your membership status and approve your registration, or contact you with any questions. Upon approval, you will receive instructions on how to log-on to the webinar.

If you are unsure of your membership status, or are not redirected to the registration form upon payment, or have any further questions, please Contact Us.

We may continue to refine this new process in the months ahead.

Next Up:

October 27 @ 11:00 AM Central:

International TYA

Become part of the international TYA dialogue.

Theatre for Young Audiences/USA is the United States National Center for ASSITEJ-International (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) who advocates “the theatre and the arts as a universal expression of humankind, as fundamental to human, social, and cultural development, and as a bridge-builder for mutual understanding and tolerance as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

Enjoy a fascinating and insightful conversation with TYA/USA International Representatives Kim Peter Kovac & Ernie Nolan and ASSITEJ International President Yvette Hardie.


Info & Registration


If you need us to resend your confirmation email with instructions on how to sign-in to the webinar, please email Michael. Thank you!

Coming Soon:

The Professional Development Team is planning these topics for the months ahead. More information TBA. Subject to change.

▪ October: TYA International
▪ November/December: Case Studies in Developing & Commissioning New Work
▪ January: Staying Sane and Organized in the Busy World of TYA

Webinar History

Follow this link for information on past Webinar topics and guests.

TYA/USA Webinar History

The Professional Development Suggestion Box

Do you have an idea for a future webinar? Are you interested in organizing and/or moderating the event? We’d love to hear from you!

(New Form Coming Soon)

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

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