Fraser Corfield, aged 15.
Fraser is the Artistic Director of ATYP. He has been the Artistic Director of Backbone Youth Arts (Qld, 2005-2008) and Riverland Youth Theatre (SA, 2001-2003) and the Associate Director of La Boite Theatre (1997-2000), Queensland’s second largest professional theatre company.
As an Artistic Director Fraser has been a passionate advocate for new work, commissioning and producing over twenty new plays and productions. Highlights include Australia’s first major opera composed for young people, Dirty Apple (Backbone Youth Arts/Opera Queensland/Queensland Music Festival) the new Australian musical Paradise (Backbone Youth Arts, published by Playlab Press) and AWGIE award winning I Said a Word by Stephen House (Riverland Youth Theatre). He has directed over thirty productions for professional, independent and youth theatre companies around Australia. For ATYP he has directed The Laramie Project, Rio Saki and Other Falling Debris, Desiree Din and the Red Forest, Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs, and The Tender Age.
Fraser has sat on advisory bodies at all levels of the industry including as a peer assessor for Arts Queensland (2009 -), the Theatre Board of the Australia Council for the Arts (2008–2011), Company Associate of Queensland Theatre Company (2006–2008), a board member for Young People in the Arts Australia (2007–2009), Chair of the selection committee for the Youth Arts Mentoring Program (YAMP) (2006–2008), a board member of Metro Arts (2005–2008) and part of the selection panel for Queensland’s theatre industry awards. He was one of seven Australians selected for the ‘Next Generation’ international collaboration which ran from the 2008 to the 2011 ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festivals.
Fraser has been ATYP Artistic Director since February, 2009.