Welcome to Theatre for Young America

When young people attend a performance at Theatre for Young America they not only see live professional theater of the highest quality, they also get a chance to meet the professional actors and ask questions about the play, topics in the play, and about the art of theater.

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Gene Mackey

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CO-FOUNDER: Gene has a Master of Arts from the University of Illinois and also studied at New York University, the University of Arkansas, Instituto Allende in Mexico, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He has taught in the Theatre Department at the University of Illinois and the University of Arkansas and was a resident director at the University of

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Sheryl Bryant

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION/CO-FOUNDER: Sheryl is the author of Expressions Through Drama, a manual of drama lesson plans on conflict resolution, and was one of the authors of the drama/theatre curriculum guide published by the Kansas Department of Education. In 2012 she was invited back for the curriculum re-writes. She has taught drama for 44 years in theatres and public and private schools and colleges.

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Valerie Mackey

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Valerie has directed plays and videos for Late Night Theatre, KCPT, Kansas Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, Academie International and Theatre for Young America. Valerie wrote and directed two early childhood plays for TYA and has served as choreographer for many of TYA’s musical productions as well as the Ozark Actors’ Theatre. Formerly the Artist in Residence at TYA, she performed

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Vickie Little

OPERATIONS MANAGER: Vickie received her BA in Theatre from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and was a co-founder of two area theater companies: InPlay, a multi-ethnic theatre company, and New Directions Theatre Company. Vickie has composed music and written lyrics for early childhood productions at TYA. She has acted in a number of plays at TYA, including In the Footsteps of Freedom with

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