cptt.org/ Founded in 1978, Child’s Play Touring Theatre was the first theatre company to realize the value of children’s own writing and perform exclusively stories and poems written by young authors. Combining the important, imaginative writings of children with the craftsmanship of professional theatre artists and educators, They created a unique stage where children’s voices can be heard, examined and treasured.
A nationally recognized, 501(c )3 not-for-profit organization, they inspire young people to read, write and think creatively. The goal at Child’s Play is to help children understand the value and significance that writing and reading has on their lives. Their performances and workshops offer a powerful teaching tool that strengthens and enhances the teaching and learning process.
Over the years, Child’s Play has developed multiple partnerships with other arts education organizations to bring enhanced arts curricula to schools and communities throughout the United States. To date, we have reached over 4 million children, educators and adults through workshops, residencies, after school programs, and summer camps, and have performed the original works of over 15,000 young writers.
To share, encourage, and validate the creativity of children by performing original works of theatre, music and dance adapted from literature written by young authors.
To motivate children to write and think creatively and to enhance writing education in schools by sharing drama-based approaches to writing instruction.
To elevate the status of theatre for young people by providing full time employment, with benefits, to theatre artists.
The future dreams of the company include reaching an even greater audience through the website, increased international touring, an educational television program which will give young writers a chance to see their work produced for television, and the publication of their vast repertory in CD, video, and anthology form.