The year’s not over yet! ☀️🎄

The best month of the year is here!! We’re pulling on our party pants, putting carols on the playlist, packing up the workshops, residencies, commissions and masterclasses for 2019, and getting ready for cricket, sand, sunshine and the fat man in the red suit. WE LOVE CHRISTMAS!

I’m just back from Perth where we held the readings of the Fresh Ink thirty-minute plays. It was hilarious and the best kind of hard work catching up with our four emerging writers along with mentor Will O’Mahony and the team from Barking Gecko to get their pieces staged in two days. This week I’m in the rehearsal room with the Sydney writers and our Resident Dramaturg Jane FitzGerald. If you’re free at 4pm on Friday 6 December, come down to KXT in Kings Cross for a little afternoon inspiration. Fresh Ink gives you a sneak peek at the playwrights who will be shaping our independent and professional theatre industry in the years ahead. 

A reminder to female emerging artists that applications are currently open for the Rose Byrne Emerging Female Leader Scholarship and the Rebel Wilson Comedy Commission. These extraordinary women are helping young artists with two unique career development opportunities. Jump on the ambassador opportunities page to apply.

For those looking to give a little something back during the festive season, ATYP is once again running our Christmas Appeal. The appeal raises money for scholarships to ensure those who are experiencing hardship and disadvantage are able to access holiday programs and workshops throughout the year. These gifts make a huge difference in the lives of young people. If you are able to help us in this year’s campaign please click here.

For kids and parents planning how you’re going to make the most of the upcoming break, the January Holiday Workshops are online! Claudene has put together a huge program run by our favourite industry tutors. Whether you’re interested in short films, creating comedy, solving a mystery, making your own musical, or just getting an introduction to drama, ATYP has been unlocking imaginations and starting friendships for over fifty years. Remember in NSW you are also welcome to use your $100 Creative Kids voucher for a discounted enrolment. 

And of course, for the extra organised who are planning the 2020 cultural calendar, next year’s season is online. Take a look at what’s in store – it’s going to be a great year!

On behalf of all of us at ATYP we wish you a wonderful Christmas and relaxing New Year. We can’t wait to start playing again in 2020.

Merry Christmas.