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


in association with the Australia Council for the Arts and the Embassy of Australia

International Exchange in Performing Arts for Young Audiences

A Pre-Conference to the 40th Anniversary IPAY Showcase

Tuesday, January 23, 2018    9am-7pm     /   Philadelphia, PA

(IPAY Showcase to follow January 24-27, 2018)

Join IPAY and TYA/USA for a day of dialogue, debate and international exchange on performing arts for young audiences. Focusing on the intersection of the presenting and producing worlds from an artistic and cultural perspective, this pre-conference to the 40th Anniversary IPAY Showcase will offer participants a deep dive into a variety of relevant issues facing the field. Through a mix of keynote and panel presentation, discussion and hands-on workshop, participants will engage with colleagues from around the world. The inaugural year of this new pre-conference opportunity will explore the meaning of home, and spotlight the work of American and Australian-based artists and companies.  



TYA/USA and IPAY join forces for the first time present this pre-conference opportunity. This collaboration brings together two strong like-minded organizations dedicated to serving and supporting a diverse field with the belief in the importance of great art for young people. This unique partnership will unite a large cross-section of the field and deepen national and international conversations.  

Registration opens Thursday, September 21. 

To register, go to the link at the IPAY website here: 



Registration will be conducted through the IPAY website. TYA/USA discount codes will be emailed to members. To obtain TYA/USA member discount codes, email info@tyausa.org.

$50 for TYA/USA* or IPAY Members (Promo code needed for member rate)
$75 for Non-Members 
$25 for Students/Emerging Artists (Working in the Professional Field for fewer than 5 years)
(*TYA/USA Members will also receive a $100 discount on the IPAY Showcase Full Registration. Discount will not be offered in addition to IPAY Member Rate for those individuals or organizations who are members of both TYA/USA and IPAY.)


TYA/USA Members get a $100 discount on IPAY registration this year.
International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase offers the opportunity to see a diverse sampling of the best live performing arts in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, and circus for young audiences from around the world. 

To learn more about this year’s showcasing artists, visit IPAY HERE..

The annual Showcase (which includes performances, exhibits, networking opportunities, and professional development programming) attracts major companies, artists, and programmers from around the globe who serve young audiences. Throughout the four-day event, these professionals share resources and view performances of national and international performing artists who have been selected through a rigorous jury process conducted by an international selection committee. The Showcase is designed to encourage dialogue about the creation and presentation of that work among artists and presenters whose lives are devoted to the impact of this work.

Download the full schedule with featured speakers HERE.