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Theatre Network Australia is the host and secretariat for the former YPAA, now ASSITEJ Australia.
Young People and the Arts Australia (YPAA), the Australian centre for ASSITEJ International, has changed the way it works for and with the sector. Because the previous organisation (Young People and the Arts Australia) has had to fold, we have simplified our identity and have called the network ASSITEJ Australia.
Theatre Network Australia hosts ASSITEJ Australia as the secretariat, and uses the infrastructure of our office to reach interested members with opportunities and news, as well as coordinating the payment of membership fees to ASSITEJ International (as a National Centre for ASSITEJ), ensuring members in Australia can access the global association.
While the e-bulletins are free, we are encouraging all former YPAA members and newcomers to the network, to join TNA as financial members, to support our ongoing work on behalf of the whole sector, with specific work for the Young People and the Arts sector as included in our strategic goals.
What does it mean to be the Australian centre of ASSITEJ International?
ASSITEJ is the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, and YPAA had been the Australian centre of ASSITEJ for 40 years. The opportunities through this international association are many, with over 100 countries as members, bringing people together around performance in a huge array of projects and artforms; information about festivals around the world; up to date trends in theatre; global movements; research; and advocacy at the core. It is vital that we remain part of this international association as Australia’s voice has been an essential part of the ASSITEJ history, and has a lot to offer in the current climate. Currently, Sue Giles is on the Executive Committee of ASSITEJ and is one of three Vice Presidents. Check out the website – there are lots of action and inspiration to be found here: www.assitej-international.org
About Sue Giles
Sue has been the Artistic Director of Polyglot Theatre since 2000, leading the company into new territory with interactive works, community process and inclusion of play in the company’s theatrical offerings for children. Polyglot has an international reputation for contemporary art works that engage in unique ways with children to create experiences that combine theatre, play and visual spectacle. Sue’s distinct child-centred creative processes have been the subject of masterclasses, theses, forums and discussions nationally and internationally including key industry events in Sweden, London, Melbourne, Singapore, Macau, Sao Paulo and Norway. Her works have been performed in 15 countries on five continents in five different languages. They have been presented by Australia’s major festivals and some of the world’s leading arts centres, plus ASSITEJ International Festival and Congress in both Adelaide in 2008 and Warsaw in 2014. Her works have won five awards, including the 2015 Green Room Award for Innovation in Contemporary Performance for Young People, and nominated for the Age Critics and Helpmann awards. Sue has been keynote speaker for five national industry events, is mentor for independent artists in Melbourne, Edinburgh and New York, and engages in the professional development of artists who wish to work in the Theatre for Young Audiences space through Art Centre Melbourne’s Kiln project, Melbourne Fringe, and ArtPlay masterclasses. Sue is an advocate for Theatre for Young Audiences in Australia through a partnership with Theatre Network Australia, and internationally as Vice President of ASSITEJ International – the global association of theatre for young audiences.
Thanks to the following organisations who contributed to the ASSITEJ membership fee, over and above their TNA membership in 2018 – Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Carclew, DreamBIG Festival, Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC), La Mama, Melbourne Fringe, Patch Theatre Company, Polyglot Theatre, ReAction Theatre, Samarpan Theatrical Arts Inc, Slingsby, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Windmill Theatre.