ATYP Foundation Commissions

A canon of new work for young performers.

The ATYP Foundation was established in 2003. Its role is to create and maintain a capital fund that can ensure ATYP’s future and enable it to reach many more young Australians.

The ATYP Foundation Commission recognises that tens of thousands of children aged between 10 and 17 participate in drama activities in Australia every year. Despite this, very few scripts are commissioned and professionally developed for large casts of performers exclusively within this age range. The ATYP Foundation is generating a body of new work to engage and excite young artists and audiences across the country for years to come.

The ATYP Foundation Commission is proudly supported by Playlab, a national organisation based in Brisbane that specialises in brokering relationships between artists and companies, facilitating creative development in order to stimulate the production of new Australian plays. Playlab supports playwrights from concept to publication.

Application details

Two Foundation Commissions, one for 10-13-year-old performers and one for 14-17-year-old performers, are awarded each year to playwrights of any age. Both plays are published by our partners Playlab and will be produced as part of ATYP’s season.

ATYP Foundation Commissions recognise great ideas from playwrights of all levels of experience from around the country. We’re looking for script outlines that embrace the age of the performers and give young actors something substantial to sink their teeth into. ATYP will work closely with you to develop the scripts from concept to completion. The ATYP Foundation Commissions are developing a canon of sophisticated works for young actors that will be performed in theatres and schools around the country for many years to come.

Applications are assessed by a panel of young people alongside representatives of Playlab, ATYP and the ATYP Foundation.

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Due to the theatre shutdown in 2020, ATYP will not be calling for applications in 2021 until we have time to produce work already commissioned.

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