Theatre Network Australia is a National Centre member of ASSITEJ International. Previously, YPAA (Young People and the Arts Australia) had this role until it folded in 2015. TNA’s role continues a 40 year-plus relationship with the global association.
However, TNA’s role is wider than ASSITEJ’s remit – as a service organisation for broad-church theatre, dance, circus, hybrid work etc, we also advocate for and support the work of youth arts organisations – those working with young people as the makers of performance.
Theatre Network Australia uses its existing infrastructure, programs and networks to reach interested members with ASSITEJ opportunities and news, as well paying the membership fee to ASSITEJ International. TNA supports Australia’s ASSITEJ representative (currently Sue Giles) in her work promoting the Australian TYA and Youth Theatre sector internationally, and reporting back to the sector here.
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. Check out the website for action and inspiration: www.assitej-international.org