International Essays on Theatre for Young Audiences- A Publication of ASSITEJ and ITYARN
Edited By Manon van de Water
In October 2006, the University of Agder, Norway, in collaboration with the University of Hildesheim Faculty of Cultural Sciences and Aesthetic Commu- nication, Assitej International, and the Norwegian Children’s and Young People Center SEBUT, organized a symposium in Kristiansand, Norway. Nine represen- tatives from universities of six different countries (Japan, Korea, Norway, Ger- many, Turkey, and the United States) were invited to Kristiansand to examine the status of scholarship in the field of theatre for children and youth, or Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). Despite the enormous output and activity in the field, illustrated by the work of Assitej and its national centers, they perceived a notice- able lack of research on Theatre for Young Audiences. Each of the researchers (many of whom are also practitioners in TYA) conducted and published their own studies, and all were connected to a university, but they shared a common concern: despite the enormous artistic output, serious research, such as that seen in general theatre scholarship, in the field of professional theatre for children and youth was in short supply. In an attempt to bridge this gap and galvanize international TYA scholars and scholarship, we started ITYARN, the International Theatre for Young Audi- ences Research Network, as the international research network of Assitej and as a collaboration between universities, namely the Universities of Agder (Nor- way), Hildesheim (Germany), Ankara (Turkey), Arizona State University (United States), the Korean National University of the Arts (Korea), and the College of Letters and Science at the University of...
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