Drama Workshops at your location

Outreach Workshops

To book a Workshop or Residency for your group or class, just contact us:

Telephone: 816.460.2083
E-mail: tyatheatre@aim.com

For 37 years Theatre for Young America has offered drama classes on its stage and at schools and community centers in the metropolitan area. While learning about the art of drama, your students also work on their personal voice, imagination, and body movement skills.  TYA Drama Workshops increase the group’s ability to communicate and work together. Teachers tell us that it’s an added plus to have our drama specialists model their technique of using drama in the classroom. FOR MORE INFO ABOUT A WORKSHOP CLICK ON ITS TITLE:

Workshops Available

 Introduction to Drama for 3 to 7 Year Olds

“A DAY AT THE CIRCUS”   From marching in the opening musical circus parade to the cool-down ending with enjoying pretend circus treats, youngsters experience a blend of fun and learning important skills. Tight-rope walking develops balance and coordination.    Imagining themselves as performing circus animals jumping through a hoop of fire and silly clowns juggling pies, the students develop listening and gross motor skills.  Costumes , music, and props are provided.


 Introduction to Acting for the Stage

Students perform Open Scenes with costume pieces. Students explore how actors train their voice, body, and imagination to create characters onstage and then enact a short scene with a partner. For 2nd grade through adults. Classes are adjusted to fit the group’s age range and level of experience.


 Conflict Resolution Through Drama

Focus on conflict resolution steps for problem solving while students roleplay with the teaching artists.  Realistic situations and age-appropriate topics are used to help students grasp concepts and skills and to provide exciting drama scenes.  This workshop requires two teaching artists in each session. 4th-9th grade.


 Acting With Instant Costuming

The teaching artist encourages the participants’ creativity and imagination to design costume pieces from squares and rectangles of cloth.  Then students enact their costumed characters in roleplaying interviews with the teaching artist. An interactive workshop that can be adapted for preschool through 9th grade.


 Civil War Roleplaying

Explore Civil War Curriculum in a new, dramatic way!   The students enact historical characters in the Kansas City-Lawrence area in August of 1863.  Employs costume pieces, old photographs, short monologues, and improvisation to help students reflect about this colorful time in of our local history. Requires 2 teaching artists. For grades 4th-9th.


 Pre or Post Performance Workshop

Is your group attending a TYA PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION?  (Click on ‘SHOWS’ to see the list of titles)  You can increase your students’ understanding of TYA shows and support connections to your classroom curriculum with these interactive workshops about the production.  Teaching artists teach them the actors’ warm-ups for preparing the voice, body and imagination.  The students model interesting costume pieces and explore unusual props.  Also includes a discussion/demonstration of audience etiquette and the themes of the play.


 Family Pre-Performance Workshop

Geared especially for the youngest playgoer (aged 2 and a half yrs old and up ), these workshops are for families to experience together as they prepare to attend a live theatre presentation at Theatre for Young America.  These are perfect activities for libraries and play groups!



Designed as a companion to seeing a performance of BULLY BOT, TYA’s original  play about bullying, this interactive drama workshop has students enact bullying situations, brainstorm strategies for targets and witnesses to try, and implement potential tactics and solutions in improvisations.  An integrated arts workshop for theatre and health education standards and bullying education.   Requires 2 teaching artists.



Workshop size is limited to 25 or fewer students per workshop. Workshop length is 45-55 minutes depending upon school schedules and the age of the group. An adult supervisor or the teacher of the group must be present at all times. Workshops may be scheduled at anytime throughout the year.

FEES: $95 per workshop for workshops requiring one actor/teacher – $175 per workshop for pre-performance workshops for families or conflict resolution workshops. (These utilize two actor/teachers and include a teacher’s packet of supporting materials and activities.)

CONSULTANCIES and DRAMA-IN-SERVICES FOR EDUCATORS are also available. A travel fee is assessed for locations more than 20 miles from the theatre. CALL: (816) 460-2083

Residency For Your Group Or Class

Current offerings...


All people will be affected at some point in their lives by bullying behaviors.  No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. In this in depth drama residency students get the opportunity to identify types of bullying.  By using the actor’s tools of voice, body, and imagination to enact various situations, students discover safe solutions and strategies to deal with bullying behaviors.  Students evaluate these solutions while at the same time practicing good communication skills in their enactments.  In this residency students become actors to explore bullying by enacting bullies, their targets, and witnesses. Students model strategies for analyzing and dealing with bullying behaviors. Two teaching artists guide students through this drama residency exploring how to effectively respond to bullying.
Grade Level: 3rd-8TH GRADES ~ Fee: $500 ~ Availability:  School Year ~ Length:  4 sessions of 45 minutes each

Requirements:  Maximum participation is 30 per session (15 for special needs groups)

Curricular Standards:  Missouri: 1.5,2.1,2.3,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5,3.6,3.7,3.8,CA6,FA1,H2; Kansas: Theatre 1.1,1.2,2.1,3.1,3.2,5.4   Health Education 1.5,3.1,3.3,3.4, 5.1,5.3,5.4: National:1.6,7.1,7.2,7.3,7.4,7.6,7.7,14.1,14.2,14.3


 Getting Dramatic

Theatre for Young America leads an exciting four-day residency called GETTING DRAMATIC, originally developed by the Alliance for Drama Education in Hawaii. This award winning program prepares students as PERFORMERS FOR LIFE, developing skills in focusing, listening, communicating with poise and confidence, giving and receiving respect and learning “teacher-student friendly” rules for classroom cooperation. GETTING DRAMATIC doesn’t teach just “acting”, instead GETTING DRAMATIC uses drama activities to help students win the “yeses” in life.  Two teaching artists provided.

Grade Level: K-12 ~ Availability:  School Year  ~ Fee: $500 per residency. Length: 4 sessions of 45 minutes each. Requirements:  Maximum participation is 30 per session (15 for special needs groups).

Curricular Standards:  National:  1.9,6.1,6.2,7.1,7.2,7.3,7.4,7.5,7.6,14.1,14.2,14.3,14.5,14.7