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

Theatre for Young Audiences/USA provides advocacy and resources in order to strengthen and diversify the field of theatre for young audiences.


Who We Are

Founded in 1965, TYA/USA is the United States Center for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ), and a national membership organization that strengthens the artistic and cultural impact of theatre for young audiences by empowering, connecting, and inspiring our members – thereby fostering a global appreciation of the field’s excellence.

Core Values

  • We believe in promoting artistic excellence throughout the field.
  • We believe in cultivating a diverse and inclusive field. 
  • We believe in embracing the variety of practitioners working in our field: artists, teachers, community leaders, and advocates.

Our Mission

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.  Founded in 1965 as ASSITEJ/USA, 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 Executive Director

Jonathan Shmidt Chapman is an artist, producer, writer, curator, and educator dedicated to the field of Theatre for Young Audiences. Throughout his career, Jonathan has been passionate about innovation, experimentation and advocacy in the TYA field. Most recently, Jonathan served as the first Producer of Family Programming at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, creating ways to re-imagine the Lincoln Center campus as an international arts destination for families. Jonathan is also the Co-Founder of New York’s Trusty Sidekick Theater Company. He led the company through five years of growth and the creation of 12 original works, including the critically-acclaimed Up and Away (a multi-sensory, immersive experience for young people on the autism spectrum). Recent artistic credits include co-creator of The Cerulean Time Capsule for the Kennedy Center, and director of the world premiere of The Boy at the Edge of Everything (Finegan Kruckemeyer) at Seattle Children’s Theatre. He has held artistic and education-focused roles at The New Victory Theater, True Colors Youth Theatre, and the Cloud Foundation. 


The TYA/USA Board

Get to know the current TYA/USA Board of Directors. Dig into Board history with our Hall of Presidents and Board Alumni gallery.


TYA/USA Board President Andrew Frank, New York City Children’s Theater