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Child Drama

What's in the Child Drama Collection?

The Child Drama Collection contains materials that document the international
history of theatre for youth from the 16th to the 21st centuries for


  • Professional Theatre for Young Audiences (adults performing for children) 
  • Youth Theatre (children performing for children)  
  • Theatre Education (pre-school through university)
  • Integrated Arts (pre-school through high school curricula and lesson plans)

It is the largest theatre for youth repository in the world, containing over:

  • 9,000 books (with copyrights from 1620-2014)
  • 292 periodical titles
  • 1,500 audio-visual media
  • 3,500 linear feet of manuscript materials

The types of items collected are defined in the Child Drama Collection Development Policy.

  • To see this document, click on the PDF file below.

Child Drama Collection History

The Child Drama Collection began in 1979 with the gifts of the papers of
Rita Criste, children's theatre professor at Northwestern University in
Evanston, Illinois and the records of the Children's Theatre Association
of America (CTAA), the national theatre for youth association.

Contact Information

Harold Housley




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