About Plays for Young Audiences
Plays for Young Audiences (PYA) is a partnership venture between The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis (CTC) and Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT), the two leading theatres for young people in the nation. In 2004, CTC and SCT created PYA to provide a centralized clearinghouse of scripts written for young audiences to professional theatres, amateur/community theaters and schools. Both CTC and SCT are well known for commissioning productions that are topical, contemporary, fantastical, and written by some of today’s leading playwrights. The growing PYA customer base to-date includes all fifty United States and the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Ireland, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom. Through its service to the larger children’s theatre community, PYA will be a catalyst to drive the field of theatre for young people to new heights.
“Your selection is by far the most artistically sound, challenging dramatic literature for young actors I have found. Thank you and keep up the fine work!”
“I’m very glad to have found you. For years I’ve wondered how to have access to the great scripts produced by CTC and Seattle!”
“You offer a wonderful variety of tantalizing titles by diverse playwrights.”
“Your different titles are great. These are actually shows for children without talking down to children.”
“We look to Seattle and Minneapolis to lead the way, so it is fantastic that these scripts reach the licensing stage so quickly.”
“It really helps that the plays offered in the PYA catalog have been produced by two of the top children’s theatres in the nation.”
“Your scripts are always of high quality. We look for scripts that parents AND children can enjoy, and many other scripts out there are terrible for adults.”
“PYA has uniqueness of texts that are unavailable anywhere else.”
“PYA has great music and stories other play services are just starting to tap into.”
“I think your organization has done a great deal to make relevant new work in theatre for young audiences available in a timely and efficient manner, and without all the headaches of direcly licensing through authors. Thank you!”
“PYA was a brilliant idea. Keep up the good work!”
“Overall, PYA is my favorite catalog, has the most attractive selection and the ‘smartest’ scripts I have read. I can recognize all of the amazing talent among your writers and producers, and it is inspiring the work that I do. Thank you!”
Seattle Children’s Theatre
Seattle Children’s Theatre (Seattle, Washington)
produces both new works and classics of children’s literature on their stages. Founded in 1975, SCT’s mission is to provide professional theatre and theatre education experiences to children of all ages, with affordable public performances and classes, as well as student matinees. SCT reaches 260,000 patrons each season. Visit SCT’s website»
The Children Theatre Company
The Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis, Minnesota) is recognized as North America’s flagship theatre for young people and families as well as a major cultural and artistic resource in Minnesota. Founded in 1965, CTC has set a standard for excellence in theatre for young people, the creation of new work, and arts education. A recipient of the 2003 Tony® Award for Best Regional Theater and the 2004 National Governors Association Award for Distinguished Service to State Government in the field of Artistic Production, CTC’s programs serve over 350,000 people each year. Visit CTC’s website»
Plays for Young Audiences primarily represents plays and musicals originally commissioned and/or produced by either Seattle Children’s Theatre or The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. Occasionally PYA will consider representing other works of PYA playwrights or works recommended by an artistic director, literary manager or dramaturg affiliated with a professional theater.
We regret that we are unable to accept unsolicited manuscripts.