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March 30, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Inclusive Theatre in the Classroom and on the Stage
Saturday, March 30th, 9 am-3:15 pm
Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602

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 fifth 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 inclusive theatre– theatre which is accessible for anyone, and not limited by physical ability, language or background.  While much of the focus will be around creating accessible theatre experiences for young people, we expect the day’s conversation will be made applicable to other educational theatre experiences as well.

The day will consist of workshops, lecture and discussion centered on the idea of producing and creating inclusive theatre for and with young people. All theatre practitioners and students working for, with and on behalf of young people are invited.


  • 9am registration, Nelke Experimental Theatre, Harris Fine Arts Center
  • 9:30-11am Keynote with Talleri McRae
  • 15 min Break
  • 11:15am-12:30pm Breakout session #1
  • 12:30-1:15pm Lunch
  • 1:30-2:45pm Breakout session #2
  • 2:45-3:15pm – final session
    • Make a plan of action on today’s work and share with each other


Registration Cost

Member Registration


Non-Member Registration


Student/Senior Registration



Registration includes keynote, workshops, a box lunch, and snacks.

Online registration is encouraged to accommodate needs for lunch, though “day of” registration will be available.  Check in will occur, beginning at 9:00 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.



A State of the Union: Professional Inclusive Theatre in the U.S.A. with Talleri McRae

This keynote will share several examples of inclusive theatre companies from around the United States, their practice, their missions, and the values that drive them. How can we, as theatre artists, educators, and scholars, support the future of disability theatre in this country. What attitudes, values, strategies and tools can we use to support young artists with disabilities and prepare them to contribute to the ever-growing field of professional inclusive theatre?

Breakout Sessions:

DISABILITY IN DRAMATIC LITERATURE with John Newman (Utah Valley University)

This session will provide frameworks and contrasting perspectives for evaluating how disabilities are portrayed in plays for young actors and audiences.  The presentation and discusson will offer participants an annotated list of published plays that include characters with disabilities and help them to make good, better, and best choices in selecting and mounting these plays.

Sensory Playwriting  with Tamara Goldbogen (Weber State University)

A playwriting workshop that will explore fun and effective ways to explore writing. Dive into playwriting with all your senses and think about putting words down on paper in a whole new way through hands-on activities.

Insta-Scene with Haley Flanders (Brigham Young University)

Create a quick group scene with a script template.  Learn about the foundational elements of a scene or story. Then put it to practice by writing and performing short group scenes based on one-page templates such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School, Mother Goose Academy, Scavenger Hunt, Prop Infomercial, and Party Theme Quirks.


Talleri A. McRae is a theatre artist, educator, and access consultant based in Louisville, KY. Talleri works with several organizations locally– for example, Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageOne Family Theatre, The Kentucky Center for the Arts, and most recently the Louisville Water Company. Regionally, she partners with organizations like Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Kentucky Arts Council and VSA Kentucky. Nationally, Talleri loves collaborating with The Office of Access/Inclusion at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) and is a proud founding member of the International Inclusive Arts Network (IIAN). Talleri holds a BS from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.

If you have any questions, please contact Alexis, AATE Managing Director at alexis@aate.com.


March 30, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602