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TDF's Access for Young Audiences program has recently begun presenting audio described performances for young theatregoers who are blind or have low vision.

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Youth Theatre Initiative

To contact TDF Youth Theatre Initiative
Email or call (212) 912-9770 ext. 332

Youth Theatre Initiative (YTI) is Theatre Development Fund's after school arts education program aimed at students who have a strong interest in theatre, writing and performing. The program allows students to explore the skills essential in creating an original piece of theatre.
Youth Theatre Initiative (YTI) is Theatre Development Fund's after school arts education program aimed at students who have a strong interest in theatre, writing and performing. The program allows students to explore the skills essential in creating an original piece of theatre. Each YTI is conducted by a theatre professional who is an experienced TDF teaching artist, with the assistance of a cooperating teacher from the school and an assistant teaching artist. The semester-long project meets once a week after school on site at NYC public high schools for 12 weeks and culminates in a performance of the work created by the students.  In the course of exploring the various concepts involved in performance, direction and playwriting, the students will gain a greater understanding of the theatrical arts.

The initiative also introduces students to the power of theatre to illuminate the world around us.  Through an environment that allows the students to be open and honest, the creation of the final performance will be drawn from the students' ideas and experiences while exploring issues that are weighing on their minds.  Therefore, the content and structure of the final performance will be unique to each group of students, teachers and teaching artists.  

Beyond the work in creating their own original piece of theatre, students involved in the program will have the opportunity to attend at least two college, Off Broadway or Off-Off Broadway performances.  These performances will be discussed at the after school session immediately following the performance in order to allow the students the opportunity to share their own thoughts and ideas about the pieces with each other.