"TIFE" is short for This Is For Everyone, and that is exactly the philosophy that inspired Jason Lemire to launch TIFE Theatre.
Our three core offerings -- playscripts, workshops and playwriting residencies -- are all designed to deliver engaging, authentic student-driven experiences.
As a publishing/licensing company, not only is our library full of dynamic works -- we actively encourages our partner schools to MAKE CHANGES TO THEIR PRODUCTION SCRIPTS to reflect the identities and creativity of their students.
From changing character names and genders to allowing troupes to add their own creative discoveries, licensing a show with TIFE Theatre means offering your students and community a unique level of ownership.
*Note: TIFE Theatre is a brand new company! As such, we are not yet an approved publisher for Thespian competitions. But fear not! A number of our plays are soon to be available with approved publishers -- so if you find a script you like that is not yet linked to another publisher, simply let us know and we will work to get that script competition ready.
TIFE Theatre Workshops -- both virtual and in person -- have drawn rave reviews around the country. Our playwriting workshops help students find their voices as storytellers, while our villains and human motivation workshops are not only great for actors, they can easily be used to support your school's Social Studies or SEL curriculum.
Finally, TIFE Theatre Playwriting Residencies are your program's opportunity to collaborate with award-winning playwright Jason Lemire to create an original, world-premiere playscript. Your playscript can be an adaptation of an existing work -- such as a family memoir or a classic text -- or it can be a completely original collaboration between Jason and your students. A TIFE Theatre Playwriting Residency is your opportunity to create that piece of theatre you've always wanted to make! After all, This Is For Everyone.
As an educator, Jason Lemire was recognized by the Colorado Thespian’s Association as a 2019 Drama Teacher of the year for his passionate, student-driven approach to the creative process.
As a playwright for school audiences, Jason has collaborated with his students to write and direct 30+ original productions, from vignettes and one-acts to full-length musicals. He also specializes in writing plays for unified theatre programs and troupes exploring mental health and neurodiversity.
As an educator, Jason runs workshops on playwriting, storytelling and acting across Colorado and across the country.
TIFE playscripts and workshops are designed to inspire laughter, gasps, sobs and cheers; equal parts challenging and accessible. Most importantly, they are designed to inspire a love for theatre by encouraging student ownership of the characters themselves.
Jason is also proud to have served as a writer-in-residence with The Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience under guidance of the late Dr. Clement Price, and mentorship of Dr. Julia Miller, former director of the Black Studies Center at Seton Hall University. Their wisdom and example inspire him to craft inclusive works that frequently grapple with the subjects of justice, equity and belonging.