Since 1989, the Dramas for Youth (formerly known as Theatre Express) has served as Chattanooga's only professional children's dramas series for grades Pre-K through 12. Held in the historic Tivoli Theatre and Memorial Auditorium, the Dramas for Youth program enriches literary arts education by providing professional, quality children's theatre (along with in-dept study guides and theatre etiquette guidelines) that help weave the theatre arts experience into the classroom. Productions tie to the school curriculum and help teachers meet standard benchmarks in core subjects and more.
"These performances are outstanding. We always look forward to these plays."—Home School Teacher
"Our teaching objectives include using literature to meet our state standards. This cultural arts experience helped to broaden the students' understanding that literature can be presented in many forms."—Lookout Valley Teacher
"This is a wonderful cultural experience for our children. I cannot describe in words how much they enjoyed the performance."—Westview Elementary Teacher
"This play, along with the study guide packet provided, helped the students to experience live theatre, respond to what they saw, recognize theatre elements, and apply active listening skills."—Griffith Elementary Teacher
Click Here for the 2013-2014 Dramas for Youth productions.
The Southern Lit Alliance (formerly the Arts & Education Council) celebrates Southern writers and readers through community education and innovative literary arts experiences. We do this through our programs, the Celebration of Southern Literature, Education Enrichment for children and through Special Literary Events.
With your help, we will continue these important learning opportunities for adults and children.
We sincerely appreciate your support. Thank you!