The Rebel Theatre

A Million Reasons to Love Rebel

Did you hear the news?! We are so proud to announce that ATYP’s purpose-built, 196-seat theatre in our new home on Pier 2/3 is called (drum roll please)… The Rebel Theatre, after ATYP alumna, Rebel Wilson!

Rebel started with ATYP as a workshop participant in the late nineties and was swiftly cast in ATYP productions. An ATYP staff member from 2000 – 2002, Rebel was the winner of the Lendlease 2000 Scholarship launched by Nicole Kidman in 2002, which allowed her to enrol at the New York Film Academy and the Second City Training Centre. Her time overseas during this scholarship inspired her to make her name as a comedic actress. To give back, and to provide similar opportunities to others, Rebel became an ATYP ambassador and in 2016 created the Rebel Wilson Scholarship, and then the Rebel Comedy Commission from 2019. 

The Rebel Theatre will place young people centre stage and Australia’s future leading actors, playwrights and theatre-makers will walk its boards. 

“In ATYP I found a community of like-minded people. I was inspired by them. I was helped by their friendship. I was encouraged by all the directors, tutors, staff, peers – everyone. I want more people to experience that. It’s no secret ATYP as a not-for-profit company struggles, especially during this pandemic. These are passionate people who are helping young people all across Australia and they deserve the support … I hope [The Rebel Theatre is] a place where the new generations of Aussie talent get to shine. They’ll get to write and create and perform for audiences. And I hope they crush it.”
— Rebel Wilson, ATYP Ambassador

“The opening of The Rebel Theatre heralds a new era for ATYP. This is the first time in the company’s 59 year history that we have our own theatre. Up until now, the company has had to rely on the support and favours of our friends in the industry. Now we have the capacity to stage our own professional productions in the heart of Sydney. We have an opportunity to establish a home for the very best in Australian youth theatre, launching productions to travel across the country and bringing the best in the world to Sydney. The Rebel Theatre is an extraordinary gift to all young Australians.
— Fraser Corfield, Artistic Director/CEO

In ATYP I found a community of like-minded people. I was inspired by them. I was helped by their friendship. I was encouraged by all the directors, tutors, staff, peers – everyone. I want more people to experience that. It’s no secret ATYP as a not-for-profit company struggles, especially during this pandemic. These are passionate people who are helping young people all across Australia and they deserve the support … I hope [The Rebel Theatre is] a place where the new generations of Aussie talent get to shine. They’ll get to write and create and perform for audiences. And I hope they crush it.

Rebel Wilson - ATYP Ambassador

The opening of The Rebel Theatre heralds a new era for ATYP. This is the first time in the company’s 59 year history that we have our own theatre. Up until now, the company has had to rely on the support and favours of our friends in the industry. Now we have the capacity to stage our own professional productions in the heart of Sydney. We have an opportunity to establish a home for the very best in Australian youth theatre, launching productions to travel across the country and bringing the best in the world to Sydney. The Rebel Theatre is an extraordinary gift to all young Australians.

Fraser Corfield - ATYP Artistic Director/CEO

Be a Rebel

Now’s your chance to claim your seat in The Rebel, Australia’s flagship youth theatre. Your gift to the ATYP Foundation will leave a legacy for young Australians – the rebels of the future.

Every dollar you give, Rebel will match up to one million dollars! By making a donation – great or small – to the ATYP Foundation you are playing a major part in shaping Australia’s leading national youth theatre company and helping us enrich the lives of young Australians through theatre experiences. 

As a not-for-profit organisation, it costs ATYP over $2m to open our doors each year. While a small percentage of this is funded via workshops and performances the majority is sourced by government funding, private sector support and donations like Rebel’s. This year, the Australian Council has wound up ATYP’s essential operational funding- this is why we need your help.

Right now, ATYP needs to raise an additional $2.6m towards the fit-out and on-going maintenance of our new premise at Pier 2/3, including the Rebel Theatre. Your matched donation will help us open our doors and keep them open!

ATYP and the ATYP Foundation are registered charities. All donations of $2.00 or more are tax-deductible.

What is the ATYP Foundation? What impact will my donation have?

The ATYP Foundation’s purpose is to provide money, property and additional benefits to ATYP with the objective to advance, develop and promote the performing arts. The capital funds raised through the Foundation assist in maintaining a sustainable financial platform on which ATYP can thrive.

Your donation will contribute to the fit-out of the new venue and oversee the ongoing maintenance of the venue, as well as be an investment to strengthen the company and its productions in every way: the quality of productions, development of new work, the development of the next generation of artists and the expansion of our educational and outreach programs. All donations are overseen by the Foundation committee.

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