New decade, more theatre! 🎭

Welcome to the future! The introduction to this January 2020 e-news feels like it should be coming from space. It isn’t. It’s coming from a corner desk in a 1941 office building on William Street in Sydney. In my imagination though, at this moment, I’m totally in space.

Though we’re starting a new decade, our year starts as it always does at ATYP. Alongside the cricket and just ahead of lying on the beach, January is all about our Holiday Workshops. We’re running drama programs for young people aged 4-18 over the next three weeks. This is an opportunity to learn from some leading Australian artists, make new friends, and have a lot of fun while developing some life skills. There’s a huge range of activities on offer so click here to see what’s available.

For those that are starting to sort out their New Year resolutions and get set for the year ahead, our Weekly Drama Classes will begin again just after school starts in February. We are pleased to have a new home for ATYP workshops this year. The space – Eighteen80 in the heart of Surry Hills – gives us the chance to have a number of workshops all together in the evenings. We’ll be there for the next two years while our new home is built at Walsh Bay. Hop on the Workshops page to see what’s on offer and secure your place before classes book out.

We have three exciting opportunities on offer for adults this month. For young women, we have the Rebel Wilson Comedy Commission and the Rose Byrne Scholarship for Emerging Female Leader in the Arts currently open for applications. These professional development programs are for artists and producers up to the age of 26. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be supported by two of Australia’s cultural leaders, who understand the difficulty of making a career in the performing arts. 

For colleagues and educators around the country who are interested in joining the national youth theatre company, we are currently recruiting for a Workshop and Education Manager. This full-time position is perfect for people with experience creating and delivering drama programs in schools, holiday and/or weekly workshops involving professional practising artists. A senior member of ATYP’s creative team, the Workshop and Education Manager has a team of three who coordinate over 100 contracted tutors delivering programs to more than 15,000 participants annually. You can see the position description here.

I hope you are reading this newsletter sitting in the shade with the joyful squeals of children playing nearby. If not, come on down to ATYP this month, we’ll have squeals of joy to spare. 

Until next month.