Dear Colleagues,


Registration is now open for the annual ‘Children, Youth and Performance’ conference which includes three days of workshops, networking opportunities, panels, and performances for researchers, practitioners, students, artists and educators. It will be held online from June 25th until June 27th, 2021. This conference is hosted by York University and the Young People's Theatre, and supported by SSHRC, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, VPRI, and LA&PS. Please share this with interested colleagues and students!


This is an opportunity to learn about new research in the field, participate in interactive workshops, network, and watch live performances. We have more than 120 presenters from around the world, and participants are welcome to drop in to any sessions of their choice over the three conference days. Our special invited presenters include established researchers, playwrights and artists in the field such as Dr. Urvashi Sahni, Djennie Laguerre, Dr. Naila Keleta-Mae, and Lauren Gunderson!


Since our conference is online this year, we are offering a significant discount for registration, and additional discounts for students, arts workers, and large groups ($20 CAD regular; $15 CAD student/arts worker; $8 CAD if part of a class/large group, before taxes). If you are teaching a course this summer that you think would benefit from an online ‘fieldtrip’ to the conference, feel free to use the group discount option!


Register here:


Attendees will have access to numerous workshops, performances, panels and sessions, covering a wide variety of topics, such as:

Experiential drama with young people
Digital performances with and for children and youth
Performance for social justice and advocacy
Community music programming in Canada
Drama-based research methods
Mental health and the performing arts
Anti-racism in child and youth performance work
Drama, dance, and music in educational settings
Trauma-informed creative practices
Consent in performance work with youth
Teaching diversity through performance
Story-telling through drama and performance
And many more exciting topics!

To learn more details about the presentations, follow our new twitter account @CYPConference and our new Facebook page , as we will be updating these pages with more details throughout the next few months.


My best,



Abigail Shabtay, PhD, (she/her)
Children, Childhood and Youth Studies,
Department of Humanities,
York University