What is TVY?
Though Theatre for the Very Young (TVY) is fairly new to the US American theatre field, it has been produced internationally for about 35 years. It is generally defined as theatre for people under 6 years old.
Kerfuffle is devoted to creating work with and for children under 6 years old. Kerfuffle brings high quality, aesthetically pleasing and emotionally interesting theatre to very young audiences. Made up of an ensemble of artists who teach, write, design and perform, we create playful, multi-sensory theatre with and for preschool children.
Each Kerfuffle production has two components:
1. Kerfuffle artists develop creative drama residencies in community spaces such as preschools, libraries, or museums to generate ideas for the new show. During the residencies, Kerfuffle artists explore and play with children using improvisation, storytelling, movement and visual art to explore a central topic while observing what excites, engages, moves, and interests the children.
2. A performance residency of an original show in a non traditional theatre space: a local park, a library, a museum, a zoo, a co-op community space, and so on. Some of Kerfuffle productions are uniquely housed in a 7ft tall, 14ft in diameter portable Yurt Dome. The Yurt Dome provides an intimate performance space that can be transformed for each show with beautiful lights, fabrics and carpeting.
In short, we partner directly WITH young children to create original plays FOR young children! This process centers children as major creative partners in the development process of the plays they see.
2015 - Company founded
2016 - The Caterpillar’s Footprint, IDEA Museum, Mesa AZ
2016 - ShadowPlay, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ
2017 - wonderwander, Tempe Public Library, Tempe, AZ
2018 - The Caterpillar’s Footprint, Educare, Lincoln, NE
2018 - Nested, The Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
2019 - Goose and Gert, Workshop co-production with the Omaha Theater Company at Elmwood, Gifford, and Miller Parks, Omaha NE
2019 - Firefly, OutrSpaces and Omaha Fringe Festival, Omaha NE
2020 - Virtual Music Movement and Yoga Jams, The Lied Center
2020 - Winner, Zeta Phi Eta-Winifred Ward Outstanding New Children's Theatre Company Award
2021 - Goose and Gert, Night Out in the Parks Chicago
2021 - The Conductors, Co-Production with The Connecting Routes Project at Blue Island Public Library, Harvey Public Library District, Kenosha Public Museum, Waukegan Public Library
2022 - Toad Hall, LoKo Arts Festival and SUNY Potsdam, NY
2022 - The Conductors, Night Out in the Parks Chicago