Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Artistry
Saturday, February 17th, 8:30 am-4 pm

Brigham Young University’s Department of Theatre and Media Arts and Utah Valley University’s Department of Theatrical Arts with the Theatre for Youth and Education (TYE) Center are pleased to announce their fourth annual jointly produced Theatre in Our Schools Conference, in association with The American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

Events will center on how to serve young people through theatre programming designed to engage non-traditional theatre goers. While much of the focus will be around inviting and engaging Spanish language speakers, we expect the day’s conversation will be made applicable to other underserved populations as well.
The day will consist of performances, workshops, lecture and discussion centered on the idea of producing and creating culturally responsive theatre for young people. All theatre practitioners and students working for, with and on behalf of young people are invited.


Non-AATE Members             $25
AATE Members                     $20
Students and Presenters      $15

Registration includes keynote, workshops, a box lunch and snacks plus a ticket to Romeo y Julieta, a bilingual TYA production currently running at BYU and touring area schools.

Online registration is encouraged to accommodate needs for lunch and tickets, though “day of” registration will be available. Check in will occur, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Nelke Experimental Theatre on the second floor, north end of the Harris Fine Arts Center on the BYU Campus. Convenient visitor parking will be available in the Museum of Art parking lot on the north end of campus, very near the Harris Fine Arts Center.


• 8:30-9 AM Registration
• 9 AM Keynote Speaker Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
• 10:15-10:45 AM Scenes from Tamales and Roses, by celebrated TYA playwright Joanna Kraus, commissioned through the TYE center, soon to premiere at UVU and tour area schools. A talk back with director Teresa Love will also be included.
• 11 AM-12:30 PM Breakout sessions
• 12:30-1:30 PM Lunch
• 2 PM Brigham Young University’s production of Romeo y Julieta. Tickets are included in the price of registration, guaranteed seats if registered by February 10th.

Young Company’s production of the world’s most famous and tragic love story recasts this conflict of miscommunication and distrust between two households in literal terms—they speak different languages. Romeo’s English and Julieta’s Spanish prove no barrier to true devotion. Creative staging and physical humor allow audiences of all languages to enjoy this bilingual tale of Shakespeare’s two star-crossed lovers in an entirely new way.
Directed by Julia Ashworth

• 3 PM Post-show discussion and conference notes


Roxanne Schroeder-Arce is a scholar, artist and pedagogue. She is associate professor and teaches theatre education, UTeach Theatre program, in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin and an affiliate of the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Center for Women and Gender Studies. She is a Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project. Schroeder-Arce's research interests include culturally responsive theatre education and Latino/a theatre for and with youth.

Julia Ashworth is an associate teaching professor in the Theatre and Media Arts department at BYU. She has worked in the field of arts education – as an artist, administrator and K-12 teacher – for nearly two decades. Her duties at BYU include serving as artistic director for Young Company (BYU’s theatre for young audiences touring group) and acting as area head for the Theatre Arts Education K-12 program. Her work focuses primarily on inclusive and diverse initiatives in both theatre for young audiences and applied theatre practices.

Teresa Dayley Love has experienced over twenty five years of directing, writing, producing, and teaching TYA.  She is a founding partner of two L.A. based TYA/TIE companies. Imagination Company, founded with Tom Provenzano, reached over four million in audience during her tenure as Artistic Director, 1984-2000. Created in 2001 with partners Marie Olson, Chip Bent, and Jere Jon, Open Window Entertainment has produced over 1500 performances. Currently a Professional Development Partner with the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program, BYU Region, as an arts educator Teresa has consulted, taught, and/or written curriculum for All the Arts for All the Kids, the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles, the Provo Integrated Arts Project, and the USOE. Fifty of the plays for young audiences Teresa has written have been produced. Teresa writes and directs for BYU’s Young Company.

Dr. John Newman is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Utah Valley University and Director of UVU’s Theatre for Youth and Education (TYE) Center. He taught and directed theatre at Highland High School in Salt Lake City for eighteen years. Newman has hosted three Utah TIOS conferences at UVU, centered on Playwriting and Devising, Creative Responses to Creative Work, and Theatre and Autism. In 2017, he received the Dina Rees Evans Theatre In Our Schools Award from AATE. His book Playwriting in Schools: Dramatic Navigation will be published by Intellect Books this fall.

Joanna H. Kraus is an award-winning playwright of 18 produced and published plays. The Ice Wolf (Dramatic Publishing) and Remember My Name (Samuel French) were both produced off-off Broadway. The former appears in several anthologies and has a Spanish version. Her latest script is Pilot Christabel (Dramatic Publishing). Kraus received the Charlotte Chorpenning Cup and the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education. She has written numerous articles, interviews and reviews for the media. In addition, she has received commissions to dramatize history; among them, Sunday Gold and Angel in the Night (Dramatic Publishing). Picture books include A Night of Tamales and Roses and Blue Toboggan (Shenanigan Books). Kraus lives in northern California with her husband, Ted. Currently, she is correspondent for the Bay Area News Group, a member of The Dramatists Guild and is professor emeritus of the College at Brockport State University of New York.

If you have any questions, please contact Alexis, AATE Managing Director at [email protected].