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TAFFY (Theatre Arts Festival for Youth) is a nonprofit (501c3) organization created by professional artists. Our mission is to enrich and entertain underserved children and families by presenting quality interactive fine arts performances and educational workshops in theatre, music, art, dance, and puppetry for schools, hospitals, libraries, and community groups. TAFFY Presents and TAFFY Talents are all under the TAFFY umbrella


Our TAFFY has no calories and will not stick to your teeth or the roof of your mouth. But, we do aim to stretch the imaginations of children, particularly those who don’t often get to enjoy interacting with live performing artists. TAFFY artists include musicians, storytellers, authors, magicians, puppeteers, artists and children’s theatre specialists. Community partners tell us that we build sweet memories:


Welcome to the world of Theatre Arts Festival for Youth (TAFFY), the place that connects the world of children’s entertainment and education to your talents. While TAFFY, the parent organization, and its division TAFFY Presents both are oriented towards reaching underserved children and families, TAFFY performances are directed toward large-scale events while TAFFY Presents features “quality interactive fine arts and performing arts programs plus educational workshops in theater, music, dance, and puppetry for schools, hospitals, libraries, and more.”


If you reside on the West Coast, John Wood will direct you, and if you live somewhere else, we have local coordinators in Denver, Colorado (Katherine Dines); Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington (Beth Blenz-Clucas);  and Florida (Noam Brown). If you reside on the East Coast please contact  Irene Light 



For more information visit the CONTACT page

Valerie Smalkin with a young friend

Joyce Rouse

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