Anti-racism webinar series


There is no deadline to apply for this opportunity, you can watch the films and read the resources any time until the end of May 2022.


There is no deadline to apply for this opportunity, you can watch the films and read the resources any time until the end of May 2022.

How to apply

There is no selection process or deadline for this opportunity, we just need to check eligibility so to express an interest please email with TYA/USA Partnership as the subject title answering these questions:

- Are you based in Scotland?

- Are you involved in theatre and dance for young audiences?

- Are you working as a freelancer?

We will allocate places in the following way:

- 30 places will be allocated on a first come first served basis
- 5 places will be allocated through partner organisations who work with d/Deaf and/or disabled artists

If you work for an organisation and are interested in accessing the webinar series please contact Fiona Ferguson, Creative Development Director.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with TYA USA who have been doing important work in calling for racial justice in the young audiences sector in the USA.  This work has been led by BIPOC in TYA, a grassroots group of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) young audiences professionals who have been working together since September 2020. 

This new partnership allows us to offer up to 35 artists and freelancers in Scotland free access to a bespoke webpage that will include:

Anti-Racist & Anti-Oppressive Futures for Theatre for Young Audiences: An Interactive Guide

BIPOC in TYA worked together to create this document for organisations and individuals to work through with a series of activities, anecdotal experiences, a glossary of terms and demands for change.


TYA/USA has offered us a series of webinars exploring different topics in antiracism in the young audiences sector. The following titles will be available for participants to access as part of this partnership.


  • Laying the Groundwork: Talking about Race and Racism in Our Field & Our Communities I
  • Laying the Groundwork: Talking about Race and Racism in Our Field & Our Communities II
  • Racism and the Need for Diversity in the Canon of Stories for Children
  • Antiracist Casting Practices
  • The Activist Teaching Artist
  • Decentering Whiteness in Touring & Presenting TYA (Presented in association with IPAY)
  • Next Steps: Reflection, Action, and Accountability


  • Session #1: Deep Dive: Internal Accountability
  • Session #2: Deep Dive: External Accountability
  • Session #3: Revisiting “Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Futures for TYA: An Interactive Guide”: Where Are We Now?
  • Session #4: Looking Back & Looking Ahead: Where Are We Going?

Who is this for?

This opportunity is open to freelancers in Scotland who are involved in the theatre and dance for young audiences sector.  This could include makers, performers, designers, production staff, composers, producers, curators.  If you are unsure about your eligibility, or have any questions about this opportunity, please just get in touch by emailing Fiona Ferguson, Creative Development Director.

You might also be interested in our series of 3 anti-racist training sessions by Intercultural Youth Scotland in September. Free (paid) places for freelancers.

Is there a deadline to take part?

All the materials will be available to read and watch any time until the end of May 2022, this is learning to do in your own time and at your own pace.


Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA) is the leading national organization in the US representing over 1,000 member theatres, organizations, and individual arts professionals across the United States committed to the professional field of theatre for children, young adults, and families. Dedicated to ensuring that all young people have access to high-quality theatre experiences, TYA/USA offers a variety of programming that connects professionals working in the sector through in-person gatherings and virtual sessions; provides opportunities for field-wide learning and leadership development; disseminates field news and research through a variety of print and online channels; and advances the field both internally and externally through a range of advocacy efforts. Founded in 1965, TYA/USA is the only theatre organization in the United States which has the development of professional theatre for young audiences and international exchange as its primary mandates. TYA/USA is the United States Center for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ). More information can be found at