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

Welcome to TYA/USA Links.

This updated Links page lists a variety of fellow travelers, organizations, events, and services that may be of interest to our members and visitors.

Fellow Travelers

AATE – American Alliance for Theatre Educators


The American Alliance for Theatre and Education is a service and networking organization for theatre artists and educators. They aim to provide opportunities for idea exchange, leadership, creativity, artistry, mentorship, recognition, advocacy, and more to those with a vested interest in the field of theatre and education.

ASSITEJ International


The International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, ASSITEJ proposes to unite theatres, organizations, and individuals throughout the world dedicated to theatre for children and young people. ASSITEJ is dedicated to artistic, humanitarian, and educational efforts, and no decision, action, or statement of the Association shall be based on nationality, political conviction, cultural identity, ethnicity, or religion. ASSITEJ is a member-driven association with national centers on six continents.

Child Drama Collection


Information about the Child Drama Collection the Arizona State University Library.

EDTA – The Educational Theatre Association


The Educational Theatre Association is a professional organization for theatre educators. In addition to providing professional development, advocacy, and networking support for its members, EdTA operates the International Thespian Society, an honorary organization for high school and middle school theatre students. It publishes Dramatics, a monthly magazine for students and teachers, and Teaching Theatre, a quarterly journal for theatre education professionals.

International Association of Marionettes (Unima)


This organization’s mission is to link puppeteers nationally and internationally, publish information on and for the field, offer support and technical assistance to professional puppeteers, and promote the visibility of American puppeteers all over the world.

IPAY – International Performing Arts for Youth


International Performing Arts for Youth is a membership organization servicing and supporting the professional community of performing arts for young audiences. Their membership is comprised of a growing worldwide network of artists, producers, presenters, agents, educators, and students that are dedicated and involved in producing, presenting, and promoting all forms of theatre, music, dance, circus, puppetry, and more.

Southeastern Theatre Conference


SETC is the strongest and broadest network of theatre practitioners in the United States. We provide extensive resources and year-round opportunities for our constituents. Our services, publications, and products contribute significantly to the careers of emerging artists, seasoned professionals and academicians. SETC energizes the practical, intellectual and creative profile of theatre in America.


Arts Advocacy

Americans for the Arts


Having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it serves more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders.

ITI – International Theatre Institute


The purpose of the International Theatre Institute is to promote international exchange of knowledge and practice in theatre arts in order to consolidate peace and friendship between peoples, to deepen understanding, and increase creative co-operation between all people in the performing arts.

National Center for Arts Research


We share evidence-based insights into the health of US arts and cultural organizations.  There is no one-size-fits-all performance measure or objective for such a diverse field, only answers to relevant questions that provide an array of useful measures and vantage points.  Some anomalies also point to additional questions to explore.  We care about numbers, not for their own sake, but because we believe that healthier arts and cultural organizations will have more resources to invest in artistic and cultural offerings and in community engagement.

National Endowment for the Arts


Fostering, preserving, and promoting excellence in the arts, bringing art to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education.

TCG – Theatre Communications Group


Theatre Communications Group is the primary advocate for the not-for-profit professional theatre in the United States. TCG represents the theatre field both in Washington, DC, and nationally, to provide timely information for theatres and theatre artists on federal legislation, regulations, and other significant government opportunities and issues.


Plays & Playwriting

The Dramatists Guild


The Dramatists Guild of America was established over eighty years ago, and is the only professional association which advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage. The Guild has over 6,000 members nationwide, from beginning writers to the most prominent authors represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters.

New Visions New Voices – The Kennedy Center


New Visions/New Voices is a week-long program every other May for playwrights and theatres to stimulate and support creation of new plays and musicals for young audiences and families, culminating in a weekend of rehearsed readings and discussions with professionals in the field from around the country.

Plays for Young Audiences


Plays for Young Audiences (PYA) is a partnership venture between The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis (CTC) and Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT), two leading theatres for young people in the nations, and both TYA/USA member organizations. In 2004, CTC and SCT created PYA to provide a centralized clearinghouse of scripts written for young audiences to professional theatres, amateur/community theatres, and schools. Both CTC and SCT are well known for commissioning productions that are topical, contemporary, fantastical, and written by some of today’s leading playwrights. The growing PYA customer base to date includes all fifty United States and the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Ireland, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Through its service to the larger children’s theatre community, PYA will be a catalyst to drive the field of theatre for young people to new heights.

Write Local. Play Global


Write Local Play Global an online meeting place for people interested in work written for young audiences. Think of it as a virtual café where you can read about, make contact and catch up with people from around the world. You can find out about exciting new work, how writers approach their craft and about organizations that support and develop the work of writers.

Write Now


Formerly known as the Bonderman, Write Now is a national effort to advocate for playwrights and promote the development of new work for young audiences. Its biennial workshop provides a forum through which winning playwrights receive constructive criticism, the support of a development team, and a rehearsed reading for a gathering of the TYA field. Most recently, the 2013 Write Now workshop was held at Childsplay in Tempe, AZ.



Actor Equity Association


The labor union representing over 45,000 American actors and stage managers working in professional theatre.

Actors Fund


Help for people in the entertainment industry when a person or family crisis threatens their well-being.


Theatre Mania


Theatre Mania is your source for getting Broadway and Off-Broadway tickets, and theatre tickets across the US at great prices. Theatre Mania has theater news, reviews, and discount tickets for your favorite Broadway shows as well as the other major markets across the country.