Topic-Specific Networking

AATE's 8 Networks offer the opportunity to focus on a particular sub-section of our field. Drama, education, and theatre specialists not only to network within their areas of expertise, but also to reach out to other specialists for cross-collaboration. Joining a network allows AATE members to share best practices, resources and contacts within a particular focus area.

Although participation in networks is optional, members are encouraged to join one or more networks that address their needs, and investigate other networks that span several areas of interest. AATE Networks foster the exchange, development, and implementation of ideas throughout the year, providing professional development, advocacy, and other tools within and across the field of theatre and education.

Network Policy Manual
Special Interest Group Manual
New Guard Policy Manual

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.

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.

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.

K - 8
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.

This Network is comprised of individuals who are involved in the writing and publishing process in youth theatre, theatre education, theatre for young audiences, and other related fields. Arts-based research can be public scholarship–and in light of that, join this diverse group of
 researchers (educators, artists, and audience) to share work, develop or reimagine scholarly practices, and commit to supporting each other in amplifying the dynamic theatre work happening across our field.

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.