Giving young people a voice

Written by Luke Finnegan 

For more than 60 years, Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) has given young people a voice. Nurturing the talent of notable alumni like Heartbreak High’s Malakai Mitchell, the new live action Moana star Catherine Laga’aia and Rebel Wilson is just part of the story. 

ATYP recently announced a partnership with Women’s Shelter Armidale to produce a play about the experiences of young people who are survivors of violence and how they overcame their adversity. 

Earlier this year, and as part of Sydney Festival, ATYP brought Saplings to stage – a collection of stories born from workshops with young people experiencing the youth justice system. And in 2019, ATYP’s play Follow Me Home explored the lives of young people experiencing homelessness. 

Important work. 

ATYP needs your support 

The not-for-profit organisation has been an IMPACT pro bono client since 2018, and we have worked to support its efforts to put the voices of young people front and centre 

ATYP’s annual appeal is now on and we’re asking you, as friends and family of IMPACT, to help support the programs the company provides, such as: 

  • The Intersection Festival is where writing, performance, and education meet. The initiative gives students and teachers the opportunity to bring new Australian stories to life on stage. Students can develop their skills by working on new scripts written by emerging Australian playwrights in ATYP’s National Studio program. 
  • The Fresh Ink National Mentoring Program supports 16 emerging writers each year. There are regular meetings with mentors and opportunities to produce acts on stages, allowing them to grow their networking in the writing community. Contributions allow this service to be offered to all emerging writers, despite their geographical, social, or financial barriers. 
  • The Young Industry program takes young performers through a professional production process. This leads into a season of a play selected by ATYP’s Foundation Commission and performed in The Rebel Theatre.  

Show your support 

Join us to support the voices of young people. Every donation makes a difference. Click here to watch a short video to discover more, and to donate. 

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