Theatre for Young Audiences - Overview

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Sponsoring Department: Theatre

Module Coordinator (main student contact): Rives Collins

Committee of Instruction: Rives Collins, Lynn Kelso, Betsy Quinn, Laura Schellhardt

Module Advisor: John Haas

The Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) module exists to support you in the exploration of this vibrant and growing area of study. Recognizing that the arts are a vital component of the education of every young person, the TYA module allows you to heighten the synergy between active student groups (e.g. Purple Crayon Players, Griffin's Tale), the nationally-renowned drama education community in Evanston (School District 65), the professional TYA companies in Chicago (e.g. Chicago Children's Theatre, Adventure Stage Chicago, Child's Play, Barrel of Monkeys, etc.), the production work in the Theatre and Interpretation Center (including our Imagine U programs), the rich archival resources in NU's library, and the dynamic coursework offered through the School of Communication. Currently, NU graduates are working in the field as artistic directors, performers, writers, teaching artists, education directors, arts advocates, and drama specialists; in addition they are placed in the field's top graduate programs in the country—including Harvard, New York University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Arizona State University. This module provides a concentrated study for a cohort of supportive learners with shared enthusiasm for theatre and young people; it culminates in a capstone designed to support you as you crystallize your learning and present yourself to the field.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate expertise in creating theatre and drama for young people
  • Write effectively for the field of TYA (eg. lesson plans, study guides and other educational support materials)
  • Create and execute effective lesson plans for teaching drama and for teaching through drama
  • Articulate values and standards in the creation of theatre with and for young people
  • Articulate an advocacy position regarding the role of the arts in the lives of young people