Directing the children's theatre (or TYA) actor calls for special psychological strategies, especially during the performance run, when actors face their uninhibited, unpredictable child audiences. Research informed by direct, post-performance interviews with child audiences can test theoretical assumptions and assist directors in their subsequent, practical work with actors.
This paper (revised for publication) was initially presented at a Mid-America Theatre Conference Directing Symposium in Kansas City, MO in 1991.
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