Theatre for Young Audiences

witches_picture_tya2The UTRGV Theatre for Young Audiences is part of the The UTRGV Department of Theatre and offers many opportunities both for adult theatre artists in working with children and children attending performances and performing in them.

The UTRGV Theatre for Young Audiences is dedicated to connecting to children through theatre and thereby promoting awareness and knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought.

Contact Information:
Brian Warren
Associate Professor
956-665-7474
Email: brian.warren@utrgv.edu
Theatre for Young Audiences Specialist
Department of Theatre 
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 




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The spirit of children is an unstoppable force.  We here at UTRGV's Theatre for Young Audiences are dedicated to bring exciting and inspiring theatre events to the children and families of the
Rio Grande Valley.

Please come and see us!  We welcome you at the plays and events!

-Brian Warren

 



PACT

P.A.C.T (Powerful Actors Creating Theatre) was founded in by two graduate Theatre students, Alyssa Salas and Mark Rodriguez, along with Brian Warren, in June of 2010. Pan American Children's Theatre is a three-week summer camp for children ages 7 through 14. Camp sessions run four hours per day and include lunch. PAST's mission is to build and perpetuate children's theatre in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas by providing theatre training for children in at least twelve different teaching areas, as follows: improvisation and imagination, language and communication, creative problem solving, concentration and memorization, vocal articulation and projection, movement skills, emotional expression, acting in an ensemble, and technical theatre.


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The mission of the UTRGV Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) is dedicated to creating high quality productions, events, and community outreach regarding all aspects of theatre for young audiences. UTRGV TYA believes that audience of all ages can appreciate, be inspired by, and grow through exposure to theatre arts.

We produce a three-performance season each year of plays for young audiences. Additionally, we provide educational events and special projects for audiences of all ages both on campus and in the community. We are dedicated to the striving for greater education via theatre. We also strongly support theatre to showcase diverse opinions, cultures, and individual voices in our season. UTRGV TYA supports UTRGV’s Latino Theatre Initiative in its goal of offering children’s theatre in Spanish for elementary school-age children in the community.

UTRGV TYA understands the importance of training future directors and theatre educators, so we strive to provide UTRGV students with opportunities to direct, design, and perform in our TYA season. Pan American Children's Theatre (P.A.C.T) was founded in part to help provide these opportunities.

The UTRGV Department of Theatre, which incorporates UTRGV TYA, is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.



UTRGV TYA Courses and Program Description

Facets of the TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) program at UTRGV founded by Dr. Brian Warren.

UTRGV Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) offers many opportunities both for adult theatre artists in working with TYA and children attending performances. 

The Children’s Theatre Workshop (CTW) is a course founded in 2003. This program of student performers takes theatre “on the road” to elementary schools, connecting children to theatre and to UTRGV.

Children’s Theatre Theory (CTT) is a course taught in the spring of even-numbered years.  Part of the work in this course is preparing students to cast, rehearse and otherwise prepare a children’s play for UTRGV performance in May. 

Powerful Actors Creating Theatre (P.A.C.T) was founded in June of 2010.  PACT is a three-week summer camp for children ages 7 through 14.  Camp sessions run four hours per day and include lunch.   PACT’s mission is to build and perpetuate children’s theatre in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas by providing theatre training for children in at least twelve different teaching areas, as follows:  improvisation and imagination, language and communication, creative problem solving, mental concentration and memorization, vocal articulation and projection, movement skills, emotional expression, acting in an ensemble, and technical theatre training. 

UTRGV TYA Performances for the public are offered two or three times per academic year, usually in December, May, and July.  The program performs plays and musicals, usually with mixed casts of both children and adults, for young audiences. 

UTRGV Theatre for Young Audiences is dedicated to connecting to children through theatre and thereby promoting awareness and knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought.  In partnership with UTRGV’s Latino Theatre Initiative, UTRGV TYA also offers Spanish-language TYA for elementary school children.  

The UTRGV Theatre-Television-Film Program, which incorporates UTPA Theatre for Young Audiences, is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.



September has always meant the opening of a new season at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and though we can't be together for live performances this year,  the Theatre Productions we will be exploring our options to provide forms of virtual theatre content via streaming or video uploads to the community in order to keep our students, staff, faculty and community safe during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused but we ask for your support and patience as we continue to find solutions for this ever changing situation. We thank you for all your continued support through the years. Our department would not be what it is without your generous contributions and subscriptions. We wish for everyone's health and safety at this time and we hope to see everyone again in the future!”

Box Office Contact Information

Phone: 956-665-3581
Email: theatre@utrgv.edu




The UTPA/UTRGV Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Program was founded by Dr. Brian J. Warren in 2002.  The TYA program at UTRGV has been going strong since 2002!  History of Plays Produced (Productions are listed in reverse chronological order).

Note: PACT = Originally, Pan American Creative Theatre Summer Camp for Youth (name changed in 2015 to Powerful Actors Creating Theatre)

TVYA = Theatre for Very Young Audiences (infant to age 5)

Season

Play(s)

Director

2019-2020

Seymour the Troll
(cancelled due to COVID-19)

Brian Warren

2018-2019

The Witches
Lucero and the Giants

Brian Warren

Eric Wiley

2017-2018

The Stinky Cheese Man
Get Out and Play: A Play About Playing

Brian Warren 
Sabrina Rodriguez

2016-2017

Bug Joy

Gina Rodriguez

2015-2016

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
The Hobbit

Sabrina Rodriguez
Kanea MacDonald

2014-2015

Pastorela
Coraline the Musical

Maria Alvarado
Brian Warren

2013-2014

The Tlacuaches Find a Home (Studio TVYA)

Twelve Dancing Princesses
Gruff Day 
(PACT V)

Brian Warren
Brian Warren  
PACT staff

2012-2013

Golden Cobwebs
Mariachi Girl
A Day in Animal Court
 (PACT IV)

Brian Warren
Mariana Montero
PACT staff

2011-2012

James and the Giant Peach
The Yellow Boat
Sleepover Stories 
(PACT III)

Cassandra Dean
Brian Warren
PACT staff

2010-2011

From My Imagination to Yours 
Humpty Dumpty’s Dish
 Jackie and the Beanstalk
 (PACT II)

Xavier Aguilar
Charlie Palacios
PACT staff

2009-2010

What Mothers Do
Hansel and Gretel in the Big
Woods
 (PACT I)    

Brian Warren

PACT staff

2008-2009

The Piper and the Rats
The Dream Sailors

John Flores
Brian Warren

2007-2008

A Christmas Carrot
The Happy Scarecrow

Gerardo Sanchez
Brian Warren

2006-2007

Golden Cobwebs
The Great Race: Tortoise vs. Rabbit

Brian Warren
Brian Warren

2005-2006

Bocon!
The Great Race:  Tortoise vs. Rabbit

Brian Warren
Brian Warren

2004-2005

The Little Troll Without a Soul

Brian Warren

2003-2004

Chon, Champion of the World
Snow White and the Seven Dweebs
A Salamander’s Story

Brian Warren
Brian Warren
Mark Guerra

2002-2003

A Christmas Carrot Cinderella
Little Red Riding Hood

Brian Warren
Brian Warren