In 2020, ATYP evolved. Like many other arts organisations, 2020 was a challenging time for ATYP, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions we had to cancel our productions. Despite this, ATYP spent the year investing in new research and development into new online platforms, pivoting our bespoke workshops and writing programs online and continuing to provide engaging and exciting opportunities for young people.
Thanks to the generosity of our valued community of supporters, ATYP, during 2020, commissioned new Australian writing, supported the development of 76 playwrights, provided over 75 scholarships for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and made accessible many more life-changing theatre experiences for thousands of others.
Through our yearly season of productions, ATYP aims to:
• build a canon of new, Australian works that are then performed by schools and youth theatres for years to come;
• generate productions with the capacity to be realised on main stages nationally and internationally;
• create production opportunities that support professional artists and young people taking bold creative risks.
• create work that explores the experiences of young Australia that is inspiring, bold and groundbreaking
ATYP comes from a position of strength with a solid performance track record, strong industry relationships and an expanding profile to deliver these aims. The proof is in our 2021 Season line-up, which brings together exceptional talent from Australian writers, brought to life by outstanding creative teams.
In 2020, ATYP won an AWGIE Award for Theatre for Young Audiences for our production of CUSP (Commissioned by ATYP and Playwriting Australia, and-produced by ATYP and Brown’s Mart Theatre). Each year the awards, nominations and reviews that we received for our work demonstrate the consistently high quality we aim to achieve.
Giving to support ATYP Productions demonstrates your commitment to excellence in the performing arts. You will also be supporting the productions that launch the next generation of Australia’s professional artists.
All donations over $100 will be acknowledged on our Support page for 12 months.
ATYP is motivated to improve access for all young Australians to participate in the world of theatre, regardless of economic or geographic barriers. We strive to offer opportunities for young Australians from diverse backgrounds to participate in our innovative, challenging, high-quality drama workshops which are transforming young lives. Many past scholarship recipients have gone on to establish fantastic careers in the industry.
During our workshops, young people can explore their creativity in a nurturing environment, meet new friends, improve their social skills, have fun learning, and find acceptance!
ATYP aims to allocate 10% of all holiday and semester-long ensemble workshop places as scholarships to young people at risk or in difficult circumstances; young people who would not otherwise have access to the performing arts. We partner with local charities, to help identify young people who would benefit from receiving a scholarship.
By donating to the ATYP Scholarship Fund you are making a difference to the lives of young people who face disadvantage. From as little as $380 you can ensure a child can look forward to a drama workshop and enjoy school holidays as most other children do.
All donations over $100 will be acknowledge on our Support page for 12 months.
As ATYP moves into a new home on Pier 2/3 we have a unique opportunity. We can ensure every space - from the rehearsal rooms and offices to the corridors and breakout spaces - encourage creativity, participation and imagination. It is a vision inspired by our beloved friend and colleague, the late Adèle Jeffreys.
Adèle was a dancer, a teacher, a mother, a thought-leader and an inspiration to those who knew her. She was the embodiment of the passion and values of ATYP and a driving force in ensuring creativity, participation and inclusion were at the heart of everything we do.
As ATYP’s Learning Manager for seven years, Adèle championed innovation and access. She pioneered ATYP’s investment in online programming, establishing the live-streaming of performances and the development of interactive teaching resources.
Adèle had a vision: For drama and active participation to be recognised as vital for all learning. It is a vision that still drives our programs today.
Central to Adèle’s approach was the understanding that we do our best learning on our feet, getting involved and interacting with others. Knowledge doesn’t only come from books; it also comes from experience. Adele railed against sitting around tables. She would get everyone on their feet, mixing ideas, working together to solve problems – whether it was a workshop with school students or a staff meeting. She ensured everyone was involved and all voices, opinions and ideas were heard.
Throughout her battle with illness Adèle continued to work and share her passion for inspiring young people. On her death she requested her friends and family donate to ATYP instead of sending flowers.
This is how the Adèle Jeffreys Memorial Fund was established, and through it, you too can help us ensure our new home on Pier 2/3 is extraordinary. Your donation will help create a home for our nation’s leading young artists: a world-class creative space and Australia’s only purpose-built youth theatre.
Please make a donation to the Adèle Jeffreys Memorial Fund by 30 April and help us achieve Adèle’s vision: to ensure young Australians have access to transformative theatre experiences that empower them to tell their own stories — a legacy that will inspire generations to come.
01 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021
01 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021
31 Mar 2021 - 30 Apr 2021