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AATE – American Theatre for the Very Young: A Digital Festival Goes Live Symposium

January 4, 2019 - January 6, 2019

Imagine traveling coast to coast to attend performances of fresh, new work by American TVY companies — entirely on your own schedule and at no cost.  That’s American Theatre for the Very Young: A Digital Festival!  Thanks to funding from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America, we’ve launched the Festival on Vimeo and now we’re taking it live in a weekend intensive at the beautiful Ware Center in historic Lancaster City, PA.  Join us on January 4 – 6, 2019, as we watch live and video-recorded full performances together, meet the artists, and discuss the past, present, and future of our field.  Are you an artist, producer, presenter, educator, researcher, and/or parent with a special interest in theatre for ages 0 – 6?  We need your voice in the mix.  Visit the Festival HERE and watch the videos by entering the password TVYDIGFEST.  Then join AATE in Lancaster, PA, to see, share, and celebrate American Theatre for the Very Young!


January 4, 2019
January 6, 2019


The Ware Center
42 N Prince St
Lancaster, PA 17603 United States
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American Alliance for Theatre and Education
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Title: 2280 Pasos Bajo un Cielo Nublado | Artist: Hernán Jourdan | Medium: Film

When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits