Behind The Scenes

Welcome Back!

A lot has happened at ATYP since our last edition of Behind the Scenes and we are so excited to update you on some of our most successful Development events yet. Thanks to our community of supporters, ATYP has celebrated the second half of 2018 in style. As we begin to wrap up for the year, we reflect back on wonderful events such as The Celebrity Play Read and The Final Countdown and everyone’s favourite - the Ensemble Performance Weekend. It’s not just fundraising events that we are proud of. October saw Follow Me Home on stage in Studio 1. This is an exciting new initiative between ATYP and the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) designed to bring awareness to youth homelessness. We are also very proud to present the findings of research commissioned by ATYP earlier this year, we think you will be blown away by what we discovered.

Thank you for your ongoing support of ATYP, it is truly appreciated, and you do really make a difference
So, from the ATYP Development Desk we wish you a most enjoyable, safe and restful festive season and Summer. All the very best for 2018! We look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Merry Christmas!


ATYP Special Report: Building mental agility and wellness through youth theatre
Earlier this year, ATYP commissioned arts research specialists, Patternmakers, for the ATYP special report: Building mental agility through youth theatre, which surveyed more than 1,200 ATYP participants, parents, alumni and other stakeholders. 650 participants responded to questions specifically addressing the short and long-term impacts ATYP had on young people.
We are so excited by the results, and we reckon you will be too. For now, you can find the immediate findings here, but stay tuned as the full report is released over the coming weeks.

The Final Countdown
On October 12, ATYP held an 80s extravaganza fundraising trivia night, The Final Countdown. Hosted by ABC's Craig Reucassel (The War on Waste) and his son Jasper, the night was a huge success with 106 guests attending Simmer on the Bay for the event. The costumes were fabulous, the live band raised the roof, the room was a-buzz and we are thrilled to inform you that we exceeded our target raising $57,200 (net) across the night, including matching funds from Macquarie Group Foundation. This total income is a result of excellent bidding at the silent auction, generous donations and of course, a bit of healthy competition! A big thank you to Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce for supporting the event as the 2017 Arts Table. Thank you to all who attended, donated auction items and gave their time to help make this such a special evening.

Follow Me Home
As part of NSW Children’s Week, ATYP and the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) joined forces to shine a light on youth homelessness in NSW.  ACYP released a report earlier this year that found violence against children and young people was reported as a major issue in eight out of ten consultations with homeless youth and a primary driver of youth homelessness. As a direct response to ACYP’s findings, ATYP ran creative workshops with young people who have experienced homelessness, to give this group a voice and help develop creativity skills. The outcome of this program was Follow Me Home, a play based on the stories that were shared during these workshops. The work was performed in Studio 1 during NSW Childrens Week for government, charities and other invited guests.
The piece was written by former ATYP resident playwright Lewis Treston, directed by Fraser Corfield and Rowan Bate and performed by Caitlin Burley, Jeremi Campese, Mia Evans Rorris and Josh McElroy.
ATYP hopes to secure funding and charity sector support to roll out similar programs throughout the state in 2018. Ultimately, we aim to work with local community groups to help empower young people who’ve experienced homelessness all over NSW and to bring light to this pervasive issue.


Celebrity Play Read
On September 12, we were joined by an impressive line- up of familiar Aussie faces for our annual Celebrity Play Read. Joining us to read the 2017 ATYP Foundation Commission winner Wonder Fly by Nick Atkins was Jay Lagai’aia (Play School), Mouche Phillips (Playing Beatie Bow, Home And Away), Penny Cook (Pulse, A Country Practice), Ben Mingay (House of Bond), Kenneth Moraleda (Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, STC), Ben Wood (Top of the Lake), Yve Blake (Them), Kate Walder (Coffee with Kate: the Cabaret), Leon Ford (Devil’s Playground), Libby Munro (Noises Off, MTC), Coco Jack Gillies (Mad Max: Fury Road), Ivan Donato (A View From The Bridge) and Jenna Lind (Spartacus). It was a wonderful night, and a great opportunity for the young cast of the play to hear their lines read by some famous faces. In total we raised $4,090 from ticket sales and donations on the night. This will go towards ATYP’s Drama Workshops Scholarships fund, and is almost enough to provide 11 scholarships valued at $380 per recipient. A wonderful result from a wonderful event. Thank you to all who came!

Ensemble Weekend
Wrapping up the second half of the year here at ATYP, we hosted our Ensemble Performance Fundraising Weekend across 1-3 December. The wharf was buzzing with excitement as hundreds of friends and family members came out to support their young people on stage. It was a great opportunity to buy a raffle ticket and win a semester workshop valued at $500, have a sausage, grab a cupcake or 3 from the bake stall, and celebrate the great theatre that our young people have made in the rehearsal rooms over the last few months.
We raised just over $1,600 from the weekend. But when combined with The Final Countdown and the Celebrity Play Reading, donors have helped ATYP raise over $61,900 enough for 140 scholarships as well as travel and meal stipends and tickets for scholarship recipients to see age appropriate ATYP shows in 2018. A brilliant achievement! Click here more information about ATYP’s Scholarship Fund

Next Issue – February 2018
• Report on 2017
• Roll out of ATYP’s New Computer Equipment
• ATYP Alumni

For Your Diary...
31.01.18 - 17.02.18
Intersection: Chrysalis (Ages 14+)
Kick of 2018 ATYP style! This is the first production of the year as part of the ATYP @ Griffin season at the SBW Stables Theatre in Darlinghurst. Intersection 2018: Chrysalis is written by Australia's best emerging writers and shares stories of life as a 17 year old.

Thank You Event for ATYP supporters at Griffin Theatre around ATYP’s Intersection: Chrysalis performance.

See our 2018 Season page for details about all of our 2018 productions and tours.