Theatre for Youth
The Theatre for Youth Division of the Florida Theatre Conference includes all elementary, middle, and high school performing arts groups, as well as adult groups, performing for young audiences.
The Theatre for Youth Festival (TFY)
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Membership in the Florida Theatre Conference allows individuals and groups to participate in an exciting, creative, and inspirational weekend of performances and workshops. At FTC’s annual festival in Gainesville, TFY participants perform their own work, watch other groups perform fun and thought-provoking shows, partake in stimulating and educational workshops, network with one another, and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded actors and artists.
Performing groups from around the state, representing all types of theatre for young audiences, travel to the annual TFY Festival at Santa Fe College and showcase their work. Santa Fe College is a lush, beautiful campus and is easily walked. The campus includes a teaching zoo and planetarium, on-site food court, and free parking. The TFY performances are the highlight, with an exceptional day of entertaining, thought-provoking, and energetic plays and musicals featuring the amazing talent of Florida’s theatre for young audiences performing ensembles. Immediately following each performance, the cast, crew, and production team meet privately with professional respondents and receive encouraging, constructive, and stimulating feedback. This play festival will be staged on Saturday in the Fine Arts Hall – a state-of-the-art facility. The Festival day is capped off by an exciting evening awards ceremony, celebrating Florida’s rich and diverse talent. Performance awards honoring TFY talent are included in the ceremony.
Eligible TFY groups include professional or amateur theatre companies or troupes, as well as public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. All productions must be intended for elementary school audiences. If you would like your group to perform at the Festival, complete both the online Group Registration Form and the Play Festival Registration Form found in the forms list at the left of this page. Many of these forms can be submitted online with a credit card payment option. If you prefer hard copy registration, please download the PDFs from the menus at the left of this page and submit via mail to Florida Theatre Conference 5650 Park Blvd. Suite 7 Pinellas Park, FL 33781.
After both forms are completed, you will receive a confirmation and a performance time slot. By performing in the Festival, you will be featured in the Festival Program issued to each person attending the festival.
If you have students who are high school junior or seniors in your group who would like to participate in the College Auditions or submit a scholarship application, there are spaces to check on the Group Registration Page and the fees will be added to your bill.
The deadline for submission is October 1st. Late registration is accepted through October 14th, however a late fee will be assessed.
Festival Extras for Registered Attendees
Florida Theatre Conference provides numerous activities at our annual event for TFY registrants. They include:
• Four days of workshops and seminars in all theatre disciplines; and for all ages
• University representatives offering detailed information about their degree programs
• Vendors offering a wide variety of theatre supplies, scripts, etc.
Tickets to the Saturday Play Festival are available to the public, and to groups from Gainesville area schools, using an inexpensive day pass. Day passes may be purchased at the registration desk in the Fine Arts Hall on the day of the Festival for a cost of $10.00 per ticket.
Present a Workshop at the Festival!
Each year more than 1,500 college/university, high school, middle school, and elementary school students, along with community theatre participants, attend the FTC Festival. As part of the Festival more than 60 workshops for all ages are presented.
We encourage you to share your unique specialty and be a part of the Festival by presenting a workshop. It is an excellent way to see the talent that is attending the Festival and provide a community service for the state of Florida. To register please complete the Workshop Presentation Form found at left, and submit online.
For more information about the Theatre for Youth Festival, please contact Elizabeth Brendel Horn, Theatre for Youth Chair, at 407-823-2183, or through our contact page