About the TYE center

The Theatre for Youth and Education (TYE) Center, originally known as the Noorda Regional Theatre Center for Children and Youth, was created in 2009 with a generous gift from Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation and is part of the UVU Department of Theatrical Arts. The TYE Center supports university productions for young audiences, facilitates conferences and special events, operates a youth summer camp, and develops new scripts for young people to see and perform. Classes and degrees offered by the theatre department that are related to children and youth are supported by the TYE Center.

The Center produces a fall and a spring touring show that are performed in schools in Utah Valley and beyond. It also facilitates school matinee performances of many of UVU’s main season shows. In addition, the TYE Center supports special events such as the Utah AATE Theatre In Our Schools Conference.

The Noorda Summer Camp offers four weeks of classes for young people ages 5 to 17. The program trains UVU students in teaching drama and theatre to children and youth.

The TYE Center currently sponsors two playwriting contests. It facilitates the Utah Young Playwrights for Change Contest for middle school student writers. The Center also operates the Old Miner Children’s Playwriting Contest for professional adult playwrights and Utah college student writers.

The Center sponsors theatre department courses including Theatre for Children and Youth, Storytelling, Puppetry, Creative Drama, and Applied Theatre by bringing in local and national guest artists and providing course materials. It also recruits students, provides mentoring, and creates activities for students enrolled in the module in Theatre for Children and Youth in the BA degree as well as in the BS in Theatre Arts Education.