AATE Networks

Applied Theatre
Applied Theatre is an umbrella term that is both evolving and inclusive. The Network includes individuals who use alternative theatre and/or drama practices with a wide variety of populations. Two major commonalities are that our members often work in non-traditional settings (such as schools, community centers and museums) and that they seek to help people, often through active participation in the drama or the debates that ensue.


This Network is dedicated to providing its members with discussions on current creative and scholarly trends in the drama and theatre education, access to support materials, and dialogue with colleagues in university and college settings around the globe.

Molly Mattaini

Early Childhood

This Network encompasses artistic work with and for young people from infancy to 6 years old.  It is comprised of individuals who teach and facilitate drama in early childhood classrooms; artists who create, write, direct, and perform for very young audiences; and artistic, management, and educational staff members of performing arts companies focused on work for very young audiences. 

Carina Dumarce, Sarah Gordin

High School

This Network serves the needs of secondary school teachers and those professional theatres committed to providing for adolescent audiences. The Network provides resources for the secondary school teacher, including lesson plans, support for innovative classroom ideas, and communication among its members.

Tracey Buot,

This Network represents the interests of AATE members who teach drama to preschool, primary, intermediate, and middle school (junior high) students. Constituents include drama specialists, elementary teachers, elementary or middle school theatre directors, or college professors training elementary drama teachers.


This Network supports playwrights and advocates of quality new plays for youth. Activities include publishing the Award Winning Plays list, as well as the Unpublished Play Project and the Playwrights in Our Schools Residency Project.


Professional Theatre
This Network includes individuals working with organizations that produce theatrical events. It is comprised of artistic, management, and educational staff members from a wide variety of theatres and organizations, as well as freelance artists and artist-educators.

Elena Velasco

This Network was created to explore what research and scholarship looks like through all the various avenues of arts and education.

Clare Haamor, Marcus Simmons

Youth Theatre
Youth Theatre is defined as quality theatrical experiences and/or performances by students (typically ages 8-18) for an audience. This Network is comprised of artistic, management, and educational staff from a diverse array of youth theatres and organizations, as well as freelance artists and artist-educators.