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Buenos Aires, Argentina. July 26-30, 2016.


The Theatre for Children and Young People Independent Practitioners Association (ATINA– Argentina), in collaboration with the Theatre Researchers and Critics Association (AINCRIT– Argentina), and the International Theatre for Young Audiences Researchers Network (ITYARN), organize the 4th. International Theatre for Children and Young People Researchers and Critics Forum, ASSITEJ project, with the aim of encouraging the development of research in the International field of theatre for children and young people.

The goal of these Forums is to make a theoretical contribution to Theatre for Children and Young People practitioners, to promote the development of new trends as well as to encourage the integration of Ibero American researchers into the international network. During the meeting different theoretical frameworks on critical  approaches will be proposed and the role of theory in practice and practice in theory will be discussed. The 4th FORUM expects to be a platform for exchange.

The topic of this 4th Forum will be: From Theatre for Babies to Theatre for Adolescents: Is there a Theatre for Every Age Group?

The program includes conferences, paper presentations, plenary sessions, meetings, forums, round tables, workshops and debates. The Forum is open to general audience interested in TYA issues.

ITYARN and AINCRIT members from International Universities as well as International TYA professionals will participate in the Forum Conferences and Panels.

International Researchers and Practitioners will participate in the papers readings.

Forums will be translated into English and Spanish.

During the Forum, participants and speakers will be able to attend to Argentinian Theatre for Children and Young People performances.

Students, professors, researchers, artists and teachers related with TYA are welcome to present their papers.


Researchers, artists, teachers and students from any nationality will be able to present their papers. Team works are allowed.

Papers can be written in Spanish and/or English. If the paper is selected, the final work should be presented in both languages.


From Theatre for Babies to Theatre for Adolescents: Is there a Theatre for Every Age Group?

TYA as an artistic discipline includes in its own definition the value of the receptor. Babies, small children, elementary and middle school children, teenagers, adolescents and young adults constitute target age groups that enrich our theatre and make it more complex. Researchers and artists agree with the idea of theatre as a universal artistic event devoted to every human being, no matter their age, but the practice with children and adolescents in the audience reveals that there are different ways of creation and different artistic works depending on the age of the receptor. Nowadays when studies about TYA are so deeply developed, these target ages, far from being rigid rules mistakenly imposed, try to be flexible and they are not thought of as rigid categories but only as approximations to the different interests and ways of being in the world of the child- adolescent, depending on the step they are going through.  Should each one of these age periods determine different aesthetics tendencies or specific artistic productions that pay special attention to the age of the spectator or can they be ignored?

These and other points of view will be raised through papers, conferences and debates.

Titles and Abstracts

Must be sent before 30th March 2016 by e-mail to the following address:, with a maximum of 200 words.

The work’s title, the author’s name and surname, institution in which he/she works, mail address, country, e-mail and telephone number must be recorded.

Abstracts can be sent in Spanish or English.

Deadline for sending the finished paper:

Once the abstract acceptation is confirmed, the final work should be sent by e-mail before 30th.May 2016  to the following address:

The text must have a maximum of 10 pages (A4 or 8.5X11, 1.5 spacing, Times New Roman, font size 12) as its reading cannot exceed 20 minutes.


ATINA, representative of ASSITEJ International in Argentina, has developed an intense activity since its creation in 2002. With the aim of encouraging the development of theatre for children and young people in Argentina and to promote the exchange within the international field ATINA organizes national and international festivals, forums, workshops, and other special projects like its Theatre for Children and Young People Library.

AINCRIT (Theatre Researchers and Critics Association- Argentina) was founded in 2008 and develops an intense activity in the field of theatre critic and research all around the country. From the beginning, it was its aim to integrate theatre practice and theory, favoring the joint work among theoreticians, critics and theatre workers. Open to all theoretical position, with an interest in sharing with national and international twin institutions, with its activities AINCRIT renews the values that gave sense to its creation.

ITYARN, the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network, is the international research network of ASSITEJ International. ITYARN aims to further research on theatre for young audiences (TYA) in collaboration with the University of Adger (Norway), the University of Hildesheim (Germany), Arizona State University (USA), College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), the University of Ankara (Turkey), Korean National University of the Arts (Korea)

The International TYA Researchers and Critics Forum has received a mention by Theatre of the World Prizes from Buenos Aires University in 2010.


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