Dear ASSITEJ Network Colleagues,

December is fast approaching and I can only assume this has been the most shocking and unexpected year any of us have experienced. Whilst we are on the right path here in Australia in returning to a version of normality, we are further and further from our international friends, family and community as we see the virus continue to spread across the globe.

In response to the limitations on international travel, and the Australia Council’s recommendation that no Australian artists travel to Japan for the World Congress in Tokyo March 2021, we are creating a video to celebrate the ASSITEJ sector. With amazing artist Amelia Ducker, we will work with companies across the country to create new content with young people, showcase existing works, and encapsulate the lives of artists and the productions of this broad and exciting sector. Read on to find out how to get involved!

Until next year,
Tessa, Yuhui, Simone, Rani, Nicole and Jamie at TNA
Theatre Network Australia


Send Us A Photo for ASSITEJ Sector Video
TNA is creating a 15-min video for the ASSITEJ World Congress in Japan, which has been postponed to Mar 2021. As Australians will still be unable to attend in person, we want to celebrate the breadth of work on offer in Australia via video! If you would like a photo of your work to be included, please submit 1 – 2 high res images of your recent work made with/ for/ by children or young people. Can’t decide? Try to choose the photo that encapsulates what you do in your practice, or a moment you’re most proud of! Deadline is 7 Dec 2020. Email to:

Amelia Ducker: Photographer, Videographer and TYA Artist!
The latest member of our ever-growing team at TNA is Amelia Ducker who has joined us to create and coordinate the ASSITEJ Video to celebrate the sector. Amelia is an independent artist and is no stranger to the TYA sector. She has worked with St Martins, Polyglot, ACMI and Back to Back Theatre as an educator and facilitator. Lucky for us, she is also an amazing photographer and videographer! Check out her art and photography/videography.


EOI for Support Artists at Western Edge Youth Arts: 12 Dec
WEYA are currently accepting expressions of interest for Support Artists who will help design and deliver their 2021 program in schools and community centres across the west. Click here for a full Position Description.

Creative Equity Toolkit Keeps on Giving
Diversity’ Arts Australia’s resource that launched earlier this year keeps on giving, with new research and additions to the toolkit. From stereotyping, to anti-racism and cultural consultation, you can learn it all here. Keep across the latest by checking in regularly, or signing up to their e-news.

The Dreaming Award Currently Open
Australia Council’s award for a First Nations artist aged between 18-30 years is currently open until 7 December. Click here for more information.

Creative Control Online
An initiative of Brotherhood of Saint Laurence together with partners Arts Access Victoria, Writers Victoria, Polyglot Theatre and featuring a special showcase of work from Back to Back Theatre, immerse yourself in the work of 46 different artists between 3-10 December.

Extended Engagement Performance Survey
Programs in schools and their impact are being studied by the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network and is one of the ASSITEJ professional networks. Click here to contribute to international data being collected.

*The acronym ASSITEJ comes from the original French:
Association Internationale de Theatre pour les Enfants et le Jeunesse


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