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Introduction to Theatre for Young Audiences

DRAM 211/3.0
An introduction to the history and theory of theatre conceived for audiences of young people. Students will read a variety of plays intended for young audiences and consider the social and artistic issues associated with various dramatic and theatrical techniques.

Learning Outcomes

After completing DRAM 211, students will be able to:

  • identify and discuss the prominent theories, trends, themes, practitioners, and organizations in Canada that focus on Theatre for Young Adults (TYA);
  • articulate the unique characteristics and expectations of young audiences;
  • demonstrate how theatre for young audiences can affect child psychology and development;
  • state and explain an advocacy position regarding the role of the arts in the lives of young people;
  • define the role of TYA in contemporary society and propose ways in which it can benefit young audiences; and
  • critically analyze their own subjective experiences of the course materials by making connections between personal experience and insights gleaned from contemporary theory, practitioners, and organizations in the field of TYA.


DRAM 211 offers an introduction to the history, literature, and theories of theatre conceived for audiences of young people. Students will read a variety of plays intended for young audiences and consider the social and artistic issues associated with various dramatic and theatrical techniques.

This online course will explore how the theatre for young audiences (TYA) plays are responding to the immediate developmental, social, educational and artistic needs of their audience. The course is divided into three units as follows: 1) Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) – Defining the Field; 2) Making TYA in Canada; and 3) Contemporary TYA in Canada.


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Individual Work

Weekly Learning Forum (25%)

Final Response Assignments (40%)


Group Assignments

TYA Info Bank Project (10%)

TYA Company Creation Project (25%)


There is no final exam for this course.

** Evaluation Subject to Change **


Professor Grahame Renyk (

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) on study, practice and online activity for DRAM 211.

Course Resources


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Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

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Grading Scheme

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Tuition Fees

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