Join us in California May 3-6, 2017!

Analyzing Our Process, Informing Our Process

Breakout Session

Analyzing Our Process, Informing Our Process


How can the TYA development process enhance the experiences of the creative participants, audience, and larger community? How does this process inform not only a script and play for young audiences but also classroom experiences for young people, especially those who have experienced high levels of adversity? How do partnerships with community-based organizations influence the development of educational content? How do these partnerships impact community outcomes resulting from the TYA experience?

We will use a blend of active experiences and guided open discussion to address these questions and explore the development process and the effect of the TYA lens on it. Participants will learn through an innovative, dynamic teaching style inspired by Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Northern California’s partnership with Lincoln Center Education. Participant interactions will drive this session, which will also address effective collaboration techniques and a teaching artist rubric for assessment.

The session will begin with a short, active experience in which all participants will be part of a creative TYA team. We will use this experience to examine the unique development process in TYA and the experiences of schools and the community in this process. The session will also include an activity of sharing and brainstorming best practices, successes, and findings. At the conclusion of the session, we will provide resources for participants to use in their own TYA development process.

The Ideal Participant

The ideal participant is anyone who will be involved in any way in a creative process for theatre for young audiences. Actors can benefit from knowledge of the behind-the-scenes creative process that informs their work on the stage. Teaching artists will learn skills, techniques, and tools to guide their own process. Teachers and school community members can benefit by learning how their crucial role affects theatre performed in their school communities. Community-based organizations can use this information to improve process, execution, and assessment. Creative and production teams, e.g., directors, stage managers, will leave this session with resources, tips, and guidelines for successful collaboration.