ATYP appoints Hayden Tonazzi as Artistic Associate

Australia’s founding youth theatre company ATYP has announced Hayden Tonazzi as Artistic Associate in 2023.

The Artistic Associate position is an artist-in-residence program designed to support an exceptional creative to develop the range of skills required in leading a professional theatre company, with a specific focus on delivering programs in regional communities.

“I was first contacted by Hayden in 2019 when he was a student at NIDA…I was deeply impressed with his interest and approach to theatre making,” said the Artistic Director of ATYP, Fraser Corfield.

“Hayden Tonazzi is an emerging creative leader who is demonstrating he has the talent, aptitude, and work ethic required to sustain a career in theatre leadership. He is a gifted director who understands the importance of work that connects professional artists with young people, regionally, in schools and in disadvantaged communities” said Corfield.

The position will see Hayden spend 2023 collaborating with every department at ATYP to extend Hayden’s knowledge in the operations of a theatre company, assist in the delivery of productions, as well as extending the company’s engagement regionally through new training and workshops programs.

“ATYP provided me with my first professional experience coming out of NIDA” said Tonazzi.

“I have experienced first-hand ATYP’s generosity and care for young artists, and I am honoured to be able to extend upon this and develop further opportunities for young people around the country.”

Tonazzi will commence the role in January 2023.


Hayden graduated from NIDA’s Master of Fine Arts (Directing) program and is an Associate Artist at the Kings Cross Theatre. As Director their recent credits include Tell Me Before The Sun Explodes for Kings Cross Theatre, Significant Other for New Theatre, This Genuine Moment for La Mama Theatre & Old 505 Theatre, and Miracle City for NIDA. As Assistant Director their credits include Follow Me Home for ATYP, The End Of Winter for Siren Theatre Company, Heroes Of The Fourth Turning for Outhouse Theatre, and Starstruck: The Musical for RGM Productions. They have completed Directorial Placements on Moulin Rouge for Global Creatures, HOSH: La Traviata for Opera Australia, and The Bridges Of Madison County for Hayes Theatre Company.