"Over 44 years, Theater Arts for Youth (TAFY) and its sister company the American Family Theater provided the nation's largest most influential vehicle for successfully integrating the theater experience into classroom instruction, thereby serving students' cultural needs and futhering teachers' curricular goals." – Laurie Wagman, Founder and President of ATAFY

In 1970, Philadelphia-born Laurie Wagman founded the American Theater Arts for Youth (ATAFY), a theatrical production company devoted to providing school age children with high quality, professional musical performances of timeless classics and contemporary dramatic characters, with a difference. In addition to the script and score, Wagman provided teachers with a study guide for each production; because it was her intention, as she has remarked, “to provide the nation’s largest, influential vehicle for successfully integrating the theater experience into classroom instruction --- thereby serving students’ cultural needs and furthering teachers’ curricular goals.”

The ATAFY founder, Laurie Wagman, has generously donated her physical archive and provided funding to create the current web site for which the Penn Libraries is extremely grateful. From the moment we first discussed the donation of her papers and the possible digitization of the archive’s contents, her vision was to share ATAFY’s rich content with educators, teachers and school age children around the world. To enable this to happen, Laurie has generously transferred the rights of the forty performances to the public domain. Thank you!

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