Topic-Specific Networking

AATE's 10 Networks offer the opportunity to focus on a particular sub-section of our field. Drama, education, and theatre specialists not only to network within their areas of expertise, but also to reach out to other specialists for cross-collaboration. Joining a network allows AATE members to share best practices, resources and contacts within a particular focus area.

Although participation in networks is optional, members are encouraged to join one or more networks that address their needs, and investigate other networks that span several areas of interest. AATE Networks foster the exchange, development, and implementation of ideas throughout the year, providing professional development, advocacy, and other tools within and across the field of theatre and education.

Network Policy Manual
Special Interest Group Manual
New Guard Policy Manual

Applied Theatre
Applied Theatre is an umbrella term that is both evolving and inclusive. The Network includes individuals who use alternative theatre and/or drama practices with a wide variety of populations. Two major commonalities are that our members often work in non-traditional settings (such as schools, community centers and museums) and that they seek to help people, often through active participation in the drama or the debates that ensue.

This Network is dedicated to providing its members with discussions on current creative and scholarly trends in the drama and theatre education, access to support materials, and dialogue with colleagues in university and college settings around the globe.

High School
This Network serves the needs of secondary school teachers and those professional theatres committed to providing for adolescent audiences. The Network provides resources for the secondary school teacher, including lesson plans, support for innovative classroom ideas, and communication among its members.

This Network strives to create connections on an international level between the fields of drama and theatre for youth.

New Guard
This Network recruits new members of AATE and supports the professional fields it represents. It also serves as a support Network for seasoned professionals without a permanent AATE Network home. Yearly conference events include the New Guard Reception and related conference sessions.

This Network supports playwrights and advocates of quality new plays for youth. Activities include publishing the Award Winning Plays list, as well as the Unpublished Play Project and the Playwrights in Our Schools Residency Project.

Pre-K - 8
This Network represents the interests of AATE members who teach drama to preschool, primary, intermediate, and middle school (junior high) students. Constituents include drama specialists, elementary teachers, elementary or middle school theatre directors, or college professors training elementary drama teachers.

Professional Development
The Professional Development Network (PDN) of AATE provides opportunities for reflective analysis and sharing of professional development programming, current research, and professional development program or framework development that meaningfully responds to the articulated needs, wants, and voices of teachers (pre-service and practicing) across the curriculum, arts educators (specialists, teaching artists, consultants), administrators, and professional development providers and communities.

Professional Theatre
This Network includes individuals working with organizations that produce theatrical events. It is comprised of artistic, management, and educational staff members from a wide variety of theatres and organizations, as well as freelance artists and artist-educators.

Youth Theatre
Youth Theatre is defined as quality theatrical experiences and/or performances by students (typically ages 8-18) for an audience. This Network is comprised of artistic, management, and educational