TYA Post-Conference


Saturday, June 8, 2019

Theatre for Young Audiences/USA
(TYA/USA) and Theatre Communications Group (TCG), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will present a one-day convening that will bring together TYA leaders, funders, arts journalists, and the wider theatre community to discuss the impact and importance of the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) sector in the United States. Join us for a series of discussions, presentations, and sharing of research as we bring attention to TYA as an industry, making the case to funders, media, and mainstream theater leaders that live performance for young people is a vital and important part of the theater ecology and the sector’s long-term sustainability. As a post-conference convening as part of the TCG conference, this event will provide an opportunity for learning and exchange between leadership of TYA companies and mainstream theatres, who may not typically interact.

Registration for this event is free.

Registration for the Post-Conference may be selected as part of the National Conference registration here. If you would like to attend the Post-Conference, but cannot attend the Conference proper, please register here. Applications for travel subsidy can be found here.


Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit www.arts.gov.

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. The organization provides advocacy and resources in order to strengthen and diversify the field of theatre for young audiences.   Founded in 1965, 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. TYA/USA is the United States Center for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ). TYA/USA hosts a bi-annual national conference, produces TYA Today Magazine, and offers a range of professional development opportunities, both for its membership and the greater field. www.tyausa.org.


For over 55 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for U.S. theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture, and promote the professional not-for-profit theatre. TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to over 700 Member Theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research, and communications; awards grants, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and through the Global Theater Initiative, TCG's partnership with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute. TCG is North America’s largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 16 Pulitzer Prizes for Dramaon the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its Member Theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field, and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre. www.tcg.org.


The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. Through a wide range of annual programs, performances, and partnerships with some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, YoungArts aspires to create a strong community of alumni and a platform for a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.  For more information, visit youngarts.org, Facebook, or Twitter.