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About this project

"Tell your story." This is how art starts.

"Listen to each other's stories." This is what makes us human.

We all have stories to tell, and a sea of ways to tell them. By sharing and experiencing our stories, we can find comfort in seeing ourselves reflected; we can find solutions to some of life's tough problems; we can find the error in our ways.

If you have a room full of people, you have an anthology. If you have a nation full of young voices rallying around something meaningful to them, you have a particularly compelling anthology.

Theatre for Young Audiences/USA is asking for your help in publishing an anthology of new plays devoted to anti-bullying through the voices of middle school students from across the country participating in our Young Playwrights for Change program. As a theatre arts organization, we are poised to promote this youth voice through the storytelling form we are most passionate about. This voice is vital to both the theatre and to the issues it chooses to rally behind.

Our goal for this anthology is that it will become a vital tool for classrooms, libraries, and individuals in combating bullying and inspiring further writing and art making. We hope the collection will enjoy a long life of inspiration, creativity, and social change. The sale of the anthology will help sustain the Young Playwrights for Change program as we look to future projects and topics.

Who is Theatre for Young Audiences/USA?

Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA) is a national service organization whose mission is to promote the power of professional theatre for young audiences through excellence, collaboration, and innovation across cultural and international boundaries. Founded in 1965 as ASSITEJ/USA, the United States Center for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ), TYA/USA is the only theatre organization in the United States which has the development of professional theatre for young audiences and international exchange as its primary mandates.

TYA/USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donors will receive a tax donation form.

What is Young Playwrights for Change?

TYA/USA and its sister organization, American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE), are launching a nationwide playwriting contest for middle school students focused on giving voice to our nation’s young writers. The regional contests will be held this winter. The project looks to harness the creativity of young playwrights and bring focus to real world issues. The mission of Young Playwrights for Change and its umbrella program, Dramatic Change, is to take a topic, and spark meaningful conversations and discussion throughout classrooms, schools, and communities that will ripple across our nation to provoke change.

What theatre organizations are participating?

Alliance Theatre – Atlanta, Georgia; Childsplay and Rising Youth Theatre – Tempe, Arizona; DreamWrights Youth & Family Theatre – York, Pennsylvania; Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre – Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Hartford Stage Company – Hartford, Connecticut; Honolulu Theatre for Youth – Honolulu, Hawaii; Houston Independent School District – Houston, Texas; Kaiser Permanente – Englewood, Colorado; Lexington Children's Theatre – Lexington, Kentucky; Metro Theater Company – St. Louis, Missouri; Miss Jess Co. – Austin, Texas; Noorda Theatre Center for Children and Youth at Utah Valley University – Orem, Utah; Omaha Theater Company for Young People – Omaha, Nebraska; Oregon Children's Theatre – Portland, Oregon; The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre – Palo Alto, California; Seattle Children's Theatre – Seattle, Washington; TADA! Youth Theater – New York, New York; University of Texas Austin – Austin, Texas; Yocum Institute for Arts Organization – Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

Who will be included in the anthology?

All winners from the 19 host theatre organizations will be included. We are also looking to feature author and theatre profiles for you to get to know our participants even better. The anthology will be available in print and digital formats. Select plays will be available via free download at tyausa.org and aate.com. These select plays will be accompanied by directing and curriculum materials.

What will the funds go toward?

Funds raised will ultimately go toward getting these stories into the hands and hearts of those who need to experience them most. As an organization, we pride ourselves in the professional rendering of all our publications, and this anthology will be no different. Costs will include the design and production of the anthology in both its print and digital editions. Funds will also help us send the national winner and his or her family to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC for a professional reading of their play as part of TYA/USA's New Visions New Voices pre-conference in May 2014. Funds will also go toward copies of the anthology for all included playwrights and their host organizations. Finally, funds will assist with administrative expenses.

How do I get a copy?

By donating $25 or more, you will receive an e-book edition. $50 or more will get you a print edition. Both print and digital editions will be available for sale.

Will I be able to perform these plays at my school, civic, or religious institution?

Yes. These plays will be available for presentation royalty free.

How else can I help?

Spread the word through email, social media, and good old fashioned one-on-one conversation with your colleagues and friends.

Thank you!

Risks and challenges

A contest on a national scale has many moving parts as so many participants are involved. We are confident that each part will be successful. But if, for example, a regional contest falls through and the planned included amount of plays doesn't reach 19, we will pool our resources to create additional and relevant material.

We feel we have given ourselves enough time to overcome in any delays in design and production or other administrative tasks to produce an amazing publication. The August 2014 delivery date of the anthology reflects the date that the Young Playwrights for Change committee plans to have select plays available on the TYA/USA and AATE websites for the 2014-15 school year. If any delays arise, we will be in constant contact with you.

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