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One Theatre World

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This year’s lineup features a slew of daring dreamers who challenge us in unexpected ways.


One Theatre World 2015 Preview Webinar from TYA/USA on Vimeo. Ernie Nolan and Michael Van Kerckhove give a preview of this year’s conference!


One Theatre World: Chicago May 7-9, 2015

The next One Theatre World conference will take place in Chicago May 7-9, 2015 at The Theatre School, DePaul University.

TYA/USA Members Register First! Early Bird Registration for  begins  Monday December 1, 2014 by 10:00 AM CST.


Follow the links to the right for more information.

Master Class & Keynote: Punchdrunk

The UK’s award-winning theatre company, known for transforming disused buildings into theatrical worlds for their audiences to explore, is sending their Enrichment Team for a special workshop and keynote. (Update: the Master Classes are now SOLD OUT.)


The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America is a proud sponsor of TYA/USA’s Keynote event by Punchdrunk Enrichment.

Master Class: Nathan Allen – Ethics for a Popular Theatre

Nathan Allen, founder and Artistic Director of The House Theatre of Chicago, uses a combination of group discussion and (mild) theatre games to investigate the ancient social technologies at work in live theatrical storytelling and reconnect us to possible primal, social, and civic purposes to continue the art form in the digital age.


Event: The Music of Pasek & Paul

Tony Nominated writers Benj Pasek & Justin Paul have recently taken the TYA world by storm with their family friendly musical versions of James and the Giant Peach and A Christmas Story.  Join Benj and Tim McDonald, librettist for James and the Giant Peach, for fun filled morning filled with performances from these shows, a discussion about their writing process, and a Q & A session with the audience.


Event: Suzan Zeder & Rives Collins

The acclaimed playwright (Mother Hicks, Wiley and the Hairy Man, Aviatrix) will join One Theatre World in a special conversation moderated by Director and Northwestern University professor Rives Collins.


Event : Let’s Review – A Panel Discussion on TYA & Theatre Criticism

Theatre critics already have difficult jobs in a fast-changing media landscape, but what are the special challenges that come with writing about and reviewing TYA? How, if at all, does if differ from reviewing other types of theater? How have blogs and social media affected the way critics, caregivers and kids talk about TYA? What is the role of the theater critic in the TYA community, and how can critics help to shape and influence the future of TYA in a positive way? A panel of New York and Chicago-based theater critics will be brave enough to discuss these issues in front of an audience of TYA practitioners. Panel members To Be Announced.


Event: Children’s Theatre Foundation of America Awards

 The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America will be joining OTW to present 2015 Medallion Awards.


 Performance: Chicago Playworks

Chicago Playworks (The Theatre School at DePaul University) presents Eric Pfeffinger’s The Day John Henry Came to School where American folklore meets contemporary technology. Directed by Theatre School faculty member and TYA/USA VP Ernie Nolan.


Performance: Adventure Stage Chicago

OTW will feature a performance by this award-winning Chicago theatre company. This new project, entitled Worthy, explores and challenges the themes and stereotypes found in classic fairy tale literature and the media. The company will also be hosting our closing party!


Performance: Chicago Children’s Theatre

OTW will also feature a performance of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s world premiere original production of Wonderland, Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure created by top Chicago director Rachel Rockwell and music director Michael Mahler.


Performance: Theater Unspeakable at The Chicago Humanities Festival

OTW attendees will have the opportunity to see Theater Unspeakable’s The American Revolution presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival. Check out what Chicago’s 10-year-old theatre critic Ada Grey has to say about the show’s current run.


Session: ITYARN

ITYARN, the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network, will take part in One Theatre World for the first time. The network was founded in 2006 as a collaboration between international researchers and universities with the aim to further research in the field and foster international exchange, to bridge gaps between research and practice, and to advocate for TYA as a valid subject of research.

Since 2006 ITYARN has participated in a number of conferences, symposia, gatherings, and festivals. Proceedings from many of these events have been documented in several publications including special editions of Youth Theatre Journal and the edited collection TYA, Culture, Society: International Essays on Theatre for Young Audiences. In 2011 ITYARN became the official research network of ASSITEJ.

For the 2015 One Theatre World gathering in Chicago, ITYARN has invited three scholar/practitioners from the Americas (South America, Central America, and Canada) to reflect on the theme “Dare, Dream, Do the Unexpected,” drawing from their unique research and artistic practice. After their presentations, we will host a roundtable discussion where all ITYARN members in attendance can give their perspective on ITYARN, followed by a general discussion about the relationship between the conference theme and the value of research in TYA.

Breakout Sessions & Workshops

This year’s breakout sessions will follow a handful of interest tracks for your consideration: Arts Administration Track; Artistic/Education Track; Inclusivity Track; Theatre for the Very Young Track featuring a performance of Bingo’s Birthday at Emerald City Theatre’s Little Theatre. Presenters and Topics will be announced VERY soon!


More Conference Events

More Events including: TYA/USA Membership Meeting; The Young Playwrights for Change National Winner Reading; ITYARN Session; Networking Breakfast; Vendors & Vino; Closing Party at Adventure Stage. Further details coming soon! Line-up and schedule subject to change.




OTW logo design by Larry Kozial at Makeworks.

OTW 2015 is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts . Art Works.