Making a difference through the arts.

Australian Theatre for Young People is the national youth theatre company. We exist to connect young people with the professional theatre industry locally, regionally and nationally. It’s the principle on which the company was founded in 1963. It’s what drives us today.

Australian Theatre for Young People specialises in integrating professional theatre practice with supportive youth theatre process. We love working with all levels of the arts industry, from the most celebrated national companies to the smallest youth theatres. Our work supports young people from their first theatre experience to their first professional production.


To forever raise expectations of what theatre with young people can achieve.


ATYP exists to help young people find their voice and together, inspire all Australians. We believe that an involvement in theatre builds better people. Theatre develops confidence, creativity and community. It challenges us to reflect on and better understand ourselves and our society. Young people are a vital part of that society.

We do this through four aspirations:

1. Be indisputably recognised nationally and internationally as a leading theatre company that fearlessly champions young artists.
2. Inspire a life-long love of theatre by connecting young people with the professional theatre industry.
3. Pioneer and be ever-responsive to the use of technology to enrich the experience of, and expand access to, ATYP.
4. Lead, strengthen and celebrate the Australian Youth Arts community.
ATYP continues to be guided by four long-term strategies. These provide the holistic thinking that sits across all company activities and discussions. They are:
National Impact
Recognise the company’s role as the national youth theatre and ensure programs resonate and impact locally, regionally
and nationally.
Artistic Excellence
Connect young people with industry leaders and foster partnerships with artists, companies, venues and events synonymous with artistic excellence.
Embrace the evolving nature of storytelling as it relates to young people and their place in the world and celebrate risk and experimentation.
Maintain an environment that develops confidence and creativity in all young Australians by offering inclusive access to the company and supporting the career development of emerging professionals.