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TYA, Culture, Society

International Essays on Theatre for Young Audiences- A Publication of ASSITEJ and ITYARN


Edited By Manon van de Water

This unique edition is the result of the second International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network (ITYARN) conference that was held in Malmoe, Sweden, in May 2011 as part of the XVIIth ASSITEJ World Congress and Festival. In fifteen essays that are illustrative of the wide variety as well as of the many opportunities for research in TYA, this book covers six continents, includes quantitative, qualitative, ethnographic/action, and historiographical methods, and highlights critical theory, philosophical discourse, play analysis, and other approaches. The essays deal with a broad range of issues, including representation, cultural contexts, questions of identity, race-, class-, and gender theory, notions of child and childhood, aesthetics, and the influence of media and dominant ideologies. ITYARN aims to further research in the field of theatre for young audiences to contextualize and theorize the lively artistic products for children and youth globally. It is the research network of ASSITEJ, the International Association of Theatre for Children and Youth, which co-produced this publication.


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Manon van de Water is a Professor of Theatre Research and Director of the Theatre for Youth Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the Chair of ITYARN. Dr. Beth Juncker is a Professor in Child Culture and Children’s Culture at The Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen, Denmark. Tülin Saglam is an Associate Professor in the Theatre Department of Ankara University and Head of Theatre Theory and History. She is head of Assitej Turkey and a board member of ITYARN. Roger L. Bedard is the Evelyn Smith Family Professor of Theatre at Arizona State University where he directs the MFA and PhD programs in Theatre for Youth. Pamela Arnold Udoka is the President and Artistic Director of Children’s Arts Development Initiative (CHAIN). CHAIN organizes the Annual CHAIN CHIL- DREN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL IN NIGERIA. Tristan V. Jacobs is a postgraduate from Rhodes University, South Africa, spe- cializing in Acting, Writing, and Contemporary Performance. Michelle Solberg is a Ph.D. candidate in Theatre History and Theatre for Young Audiences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation explores the impact of democracy and social politics on the development of theatre for young audiences in postwar Japan. Erika Hughes is a postdoctoral fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin and a for- mer fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Finegan Kruckemeyer is a Tasmanian-based playwright, with 48 commissioned works performed by companies worldwide (including the Sydney Ope ra House, Abbey Theatre, New Victory Theatre, and in 35...

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