A Guide to the roles and activities of key voluntary and official organisations promoting theatre and performing arts
worldwide, with a special emphasis on those related to Theatre for Young Audiences.
Editor: Paul Harman 20101
UK & International Theatre Associations
There are many voluntary associations for drama and theatre by, with and for children and young people in the UK and Ireland and a wider international family of associations and organisations supports the promotion and development of theatre and drama worldwide. (see list on next page)
The relationship between these international associations is complex. Some are semi-official. The International Theatre Institute is recognised by UNESCO as the representative organisation for all the performing arts but some others, such as UNIMA and AITA-IATA, are also regarded as partners by UNESCO. As UNESCO is based in Paris, many associations founded in the 1950‟s are known by their
French names or acronyms.
This material has been gathered with financial support from Arts Council England,
through a bursary for international development of UK Theatre for Young
For comments, amendments and additions please contact:
Paul Harman, Chair TYA-UK Centre of ASSITEJ July 2010
Declaration of Principles
This statement was presented on 10 June 2010 as the starting point for a future
agreement on common aims and purposes.
WE BELIEVE that all children have the right to experience the arts and to share
fully in cultural life (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)
WE KNOW that children and young people benefit from engaging with performing
arts, as spectators, makers and participants
WE RECOGNISE the essential and complimentary roles played by teachers,
professional artists, presenters and educators in theatres and schools
WE WILL SUPPORT each other in representing the interests of children and
young people in enjoying high quality of experiences drama and theatre2
1. Introduction: Declaration of Principles
3. Towards a World Theatre Council: Meeting 10 June 2010
4. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
5. International Theatre Institute (ITI)
6. International Amateur Theatre Association (AITA-I ATA)
7. National Association of Youth Theatre (NAYT) (England)
Promote YT (Scotland)
8. National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD) (Ireland)
9. International Theatre Exchange (ITE)
Contacting the World (CTW)
Arts by Children (ABC)
10. European Drama Encounters (EDERED)
11. Little Theatre Guild (LTG)
12. International Drama/Theatre Education Association (IDEA)
13. National Drama (ND)
14. London Drama (LD)
15. Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA)
16. British UNIMA
17. International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ)
18. Theatre for Young Audiences UK (TYA-UK)
19. TYA Ireland (TYA-I)
20. More International Theatre Associations
European Theatre Convention (ETC)
21. International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC)
22. International Federation for Theatre Research (FIRT-IFTR)
23. International Federation of Actors (FIA)
International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL)
24. International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM)
25. International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Technicians and Architects (OISTAT)
26. International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA)
27. International University Theatre Association (AITU/IUTA)
28. UK Related Arts Organisations
Action for Children‟s Arts (ACA)
National Student Drama Festival (NSDF)
29. Cultural Learning Alliance (CLL)
National Campaign for the Arts (NCA)
30. Research & Development Organisations
31. International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network (ITYARN)
Children‟s Theatre (UK Website)
Future Playground (UK Website)
32. Festivals UK & Ireland
33. Arts Councils, Links, Contact3
Towards a World Theatre Council
Notes of a meeting held in London on 10 June 2010
Following discussions at the conference of the World Association for Arts
Education in November 2009, between Dan Baron Cohen, President of IDEA,
Paddy O‟Dwyer, President of AITA/IATA, Tobias Biancone, Secretary General of
ITI and Wolfgang Schneider, it was agreed to meet in London to discuss closer
collaboration between International Associations, possibly by the formation of a
World Theatre Council recognised as a partner by UNESCO
Present: Representatives of ITI, ASSITEJ, AITA/IATA, ETC, UNIMA
1. None of those present believed that a new organisation was either necessary
or desirable but consideration of a World Theatre Council had been useful to
establish common purposes and ideals.
2. ITI already exists to deliver the co-ordination and representation of the
Performing Arts through UNESCO to the UN – and so to world governments.
3. The following protocol presented by WS was agreed in principle:
A. ITI should be the umbrella organisation for the Performing Arts
B. The agenda of ITI in this role should include:
a. Cultural Policy Issues related to the Performing Arts
b. The social and economic situation of performing artists
c. The development of theatre as Arts Education
C. ITI should provide a database for Events and Projects in the Performing
D. ITI and the organisations present should organise a conference where all
the different performing arts associations could present their approaches to a
concrete, common topic, such as the role of theatre in society or the
development of cultural identity in an era of globalisation.4
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Building peace in the minds of people.
UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures
and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this
dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development
encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of
poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO‟S mission and activities.
The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set
out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) – underpin all UNESCO‟s strategies and activities.
Thus UNESCO‟s unique competencies in education, the sciences, culture and
communication and information contribute towards the realization of those goals.
UNESCO‟s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of
poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education,
the sciences, culture, communication and information.
The United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO is the focal point in the
UK for UNESCO-related policies and activities.
The Commission is an independent civil society organisation which supports
UNESCO‟s work in the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable
development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture,
International Theatre Institute
The purpose of the International Theatre Institute is to promote international
exchange of knowledge and practice in theatre arts in order to consolidate peace
and friendship between peoples, to deepen mutual understanding and increase
creative co-operation between all people in the theatre arts.
To achieve this purpose, the ITI shall:
encourage activities and creation in the field of the live performing arts (drama,
dance, music theatre)
aim at an enlargement of the existing collaboration between performing arts
disciplines and organizations, both national and international
establish international offices and foster the establishment of ITI Centres in all
collect documents, disseminate all types of information and issue publications
in the realm of the performing arts
co-operate actively in the development of the “Theatre of Nations” and
encourage and co-ordinate the organization of theatrical congresses,
workshops and meetings of experts, as well as festivals, exhibitions and
competitions, both on regional and interregional levels, in co-operation with its
defend the free development of the performing arts and contribute to the
protection of the rights of performing arts professionals.
To achieve this within the ITI, the member Centres of the organization shall be
guided by the principles of mutual respect of the national traditions of each
International Amateur Theatre Association
Our mission is to promote understanding and education through theatre and unite
those who wish to make friends with like-minded people working in the theatre
mainly on a non-professional basis.
to take part in the World Festival of Amateur Theatre
to bring a group to the World Festival of Children’s Theatre
or take part in any international festival organised by an AITA/IATA-linked
to join an international network of amateur theatre
to participate in international workshops, seminars, training courses and
to invite groups from abroad to come to your festival
to get official international status for your festival
to receive a regular newsletter on international events
to publicise your event through the AITA/IATA-network
National Association of Youth Theatres
NAYT is the only development agency supporting youth theatres in England.
Founded in 1982, NAYT works with over 1,000 groups and individuals to support
the development of youth theatre activity through information and support
services, advocacy, training, participation and partnerships. Registration is free
and open to any group or individual using theatre techniques in their work with
young people, outside of formal education.
NAYT‟s vision is to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to take
part – as a right – in safe, empowering, challenging theatre of excellence.
NAYT‟s mission is to make a positive difference to young people‟s lives by
supporting their participation in, and access to excellent youth theatre.
Promote YT (Scotland)
An umbrella organisation for youth theatre in Scotland which organises festivals,
skills training and information exchange.
A Review of Youth Theatre in 2003 identified over 300 youth theatres in existence
in Scotland, around 8,000 young people taking part in youth theatre every week
and a strong demand for an organisation which would provide a national network
and resource, respond to issues/gaps in provision and facilitate development.
The findings of consultations with young people and youth theatre practitioners
carried out at the Inaugural Youth Theatre Seminar on November 2003 in
Aberdeen, formed the basis of Promote YT‟s objectives and key activities.
Promote YT (Scotland) was incorporated on the 29 June 2004 and has been
supported annually by the Scottish Arts Council.
National Association for Youth Drama (Ireland)
NAYD (National Association for Youth Drama) is the development organisation for
youth theatre and youth drama in Ireland. NAYD supports youth drama in practice
and policy, and supports the sustained development of youth theatres in Ireland.
NAYD advocates the inherent value and the unique relationship between young
people and theatre as an art form, and is committed to extending and enhancing
young people‟s understanding of theatre and raising the artistic standards of youth
theatre across the country.
NAYD supports youth drama in practice through an annual programme that
includes the National Youth Theatre, National and Regional festivals of youth
theatres, commissioning new writing, publications, resources, training and other
services as well as research and policy development.
With a membership of over 50 youth theatres throughout the country, NAYD
supports the sustained development of youth theatres in partnership with local
authorities, youth services, theatres and arts centres.
In addition, NAYD is involved in developing Drama in Education in Ireland, and
works closely with the formal and non-formal education sector.
International Theatre Exchange
ITE (International Theatre Exchange) is the GB National Centre of AITA/IATA, the
world body for International Amateur Theatre.
No Website. Contact: email@example.com
Contacting the World
A pioneering, biennial festival and collaborative project for young people across
the globe. Since the first Contacting the World in 2002, it has inspired innovation,
creativity, inter-cultural dialogue and genuine collaboration amongst hundreds of
Produced by Contact Theatre, Manchester, it is a programme of exchange
involving 150 young theatre makers from 12 different companies across the world,
who are randomly twinned to work creatively and collaboratively over a six month
period, culminating in a vibrant UK based performance festival.
Arts by Children
Organises international festivals of theatre performed by children.
Based in Lingen (Ems), Germany.
European Drama Encounters (EDERED)
Founded in 1985. The first Children’s Encounter took place in 1982; the first Youth
Encounter was held in 1987. An initiative by the Council of Europe: “Children and
Culture in Contemporary Europe”.
Membership of the organisation is open to those who have been responsible for
the running of an Encounter in their own countries and to those who plan to
organise one in the near future.
The Encounters usually last for two weeks and consist of an intensive intercultural workshop programme and planned social activities. Participants do not
bring prepared theatre performances to the Encounters which culminate in a final
showing or presentation.
The Encounter exists for the benefit of the participants and therefore all activities
of the organisation must always have that focus. To that end these Six Principles
of EDERED have been developed and they form the philosophical basis for all
The Encounter should be open-minded and welcome diverse ways of working
in drama/theatre and facilitate diverse approaches in methodology.
The Encounter should provide opportunities for sharing these diverse
The environment of an Encounter is non-competitive.
The Encounter is a process of listening and inter-cultural co-operation and
provides opportunities for children/young people/leaders to share their ideas
and experiences in a safe environment.
Each Encounter must recognise the unique opportunity provided for the social
interaction of children/young people from diverse cultures.
It should be fun
Little Theatre Guild
LTG has been in existence since 1946 to represent the views of Amateur theatres
across the UK.
Our membership extends throughout the UK, plus some overseas locations. In
particular membership of the LTG is open only to those amateur theatres that own
or lease the theatre premises upon which productions are mounted.
LTG members can access more information including individual Theatre facilities
details, statistical information, contact information, annual reports, newsletters,
We currently have in excess of 103 member theatres right across the United
Kingdom, ranging from 64 seat auditorium up to 450 seat auditorium. This
includes theatres that present only four plays per year to those that present a
continuous repertoire. In the last year LTG theatres presented over 850
productions to an audience in excess of 630,000 patrons.
International Drama/Theatre and Education
IDEA is an association of national associations working in drama/theatre and
education, open to regional and international associations and to other institutes,
bodies, networks, organisations and individuals working in drama/theatre and
we represent drama/theatre and education in a world context;
we liaise with other national and international organisations working in all fields
relevant to education, especially education through the arts;
we organize regional and international congresses for drama/theatre and
we initiate research into and development of drama/theatre and education;
we produce international publications and facilitate the circulation of information
relevant to drama/theatre and education;
we encourage the exchange of drama/theatre practitioners between our
The UK’s leading drama subject association
Making Drama is part of being human. It spans our histories and cultures. We
recognise it as a creative process and as a means of exploration, expression and
making meaning. Through it we learn what it is to be a human being.
National Drama is the UK’s leading professional association of Drama Educators.
It is an open and inclusive organisation that welcomes all those involved in Drama
for learning and theatre education in any context or setting.
We work pro-actively and with vigour to ensure that the voice of drama is heard at
the highest levels and that its role in education and learning is well supported and
National Drama is committed to:
supporting the development of all drama practitioners developing drama at
regional, national and international levels
creating a powerful and professional network of practitioners
supporting research and development in drama for learning and
theatre education across all stages and phases providing a coherent and
authoritative voice to lobby agencies, parliament and arts organisations
promoting drama as a key element of the curriculum for the 21
Professional Association for teachers of drama and theatre in London originally
formed in 1955 by teachers committed to the creative experience of educational
drama and the school play.
We have been active in supporting:
Primary Drama in relation to both creative learning and literacy and subject
Secondary Drama in a variety of contexts: Classroom Drama, Drama in
Performance, Drama and Theatre Studies.
We continue actively to promote and develop Drama within the current curriculum
changes that are being introduced and continue the tradition of stewardship and
new initiatives to maintain and develop the network of drama teachers and theatre
workers across the Capital.
Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA)
The aim of UNIMA is an international Non-Governmental Organisation to promote
the art of puppetry.
This is achieved in the following ways:
By encouraging contacts and exchanges between puppeteers from all nations
and continents, using all possible means of communication;
By organising congresses, conferences, festivals, exhibitions and competitions,
or by giving UNIMA endorsement;
By assisting members of the Organization in assuring their democratic, union,
financial and legal interests in the framework of their professional activities,
notably through recommendations or proposals to the competent authorities;
By encouraging professional training;
extending historical, theoretical and scientific research;
By keeping alive traditions, as well as encouraging the renewal of puppetry;
By proposing puppetry as means for ethical and aesthetic education;
By participating in the work of international organisations with similar
Part of UNIMA, an international puppetry organisation
UNIMA brings together people interested in the art of puppetry and in using this
art to promote peace and mutual understanding between peoples, regardless of
race, political or religious convictions and differences in culture.
It organises conferences, festivals and publications and encourages professional
training and research.
British UNIMA offers opportunities to attend international festivals and workshops,
organises an annual lecture and other events, publishes Puppet Notebook
magazine and a Newsletter three times a year, and reports news, events and
opportunities on its website.
International Association of Theatre for Children and
Young People (ASSITEJ)
ASSITEJ was founded in 1965 to unite theatres, organisations and individuals
dedicated to theatre for children and young people throughout the world, currently
in 82 countries.
ASSITEJ seeks to foster a healthy, vibrant and collaborative community of artists,
administrators and educators that reaches across cultural and international
ASSITEJ assists in the development of artists and networks so that intercultural
dialogue, innovation and excellence are an integral part of everyday practice.
Theatre for Young Audiences – UK Centre of
TYA-UK Centre of ASSITEJ (International Association of Theatre for Children and
Young People) was founded in 1982
TYA-UK is a network for makers and promoters of professional theatre for young
audiences, linking the UK to theatres, organisations and individual artists around
We work for a fuller awareness of the value of theatre for young audiences
We deliver, support and promote:
professional development for established and emerging artists
festivals and conferences
information about plays, artists, events and trends worldwide
Membership is open to all professional theatre companies, individual theatre
artists, such as writers, actors or directors, and to all those wishing to introduce
theatre to young audiences, such as teachers and programmers of festivals and
Our members are represented by committees in England, Scotland, Wales and
Theatre for Young Audiences Ireland
(Ireland Centre of ASSITEJ) is the national association representing and
promoting professional organisations and individual artists whose work
primarily focuses on engaging Irish children and young people through
theatre. TYA Ireland provides a crucial link between members, the arts sector, and
the wider community.
To provide access to high quality professional performing arts experiences to all
children and young people in Ireland.
1) Create a Forum for the Sector.
2) Increase the value/profile of the work.
3) To promote and foster training and development opportunities for practitioners
in the sector.
4) Have an International Dimension.
a) Provide a point of connection for the development of the sector.
b) Increase the profile of performing arts for children/young people amongst the
wider performing arts sector,
media, schools, families, politicians and decision makers.
c) Encourage opportunities for engagement with the international children‟s/young
people‟s performing arts
sector and to promote Irish work on an international level.
d) To proactively seek out and encourage partnerships with third level bodies and
other relevant organisations
and individuals in the training of practitioners for the sector.
e) Showcase Irish work at home and on an international level.
f) Explore ways of increasing public access.
g) Develop a strong relationship with the media.
h) Increase Information exchange.
More International Theatre Associations
European Theatre Convention (ETC)
The European Theatre Convention is a public theatre membership network
founded in 1988 to promote contemporary playwriting, to support the mobility of
artists and to develop the artistic exchange throughout Europe.
The ETC advocates for the sector on a political level, intensifies the relations with
the future theatre audience and encourages the intercultural dialogue between
theatre professionals through outstanding common multilingual artistic projects.
Counting today 41 member theatres in 24 countries, the ETC has become the
most important pan- European public theatre network. All member theatres are
producing theatres with most of them working with a permanent artistic ensemble.
The ETC is an artistic network to foster European theatre collaboration and to
engage in the multicultural dialogue amongst theatre professionals and with the
audience. With its members, the ETC advocates throughout its programmes and
across Europe for the emergence of a European identity and the linguistic
diversity on European stages with a focus on activities for young people.
The ETC promotes and defends the richness of European languages in
contemporary drama and has established a wide range of artistic activities.
International Association of Theatre Critics
IATC was established in 1956
The IATC draws together more than two thousand theatre critics, through some
fifty National Sections. Founded in Paris in 1956, the IATC is a non-profit, NonGovernmental Organization benefitting under statute B of UNESCO.
The purpose of the IATC is to bring together theatre critics in order to promote
international cooperation. Its principal aims are to foster theatre criticism as a
discipline and to contribute to the development of its methodological bases; to
protect the ethical and professional interests of theatre critics and to promote the
common rights of all its members; and to contribute to reciprocal awareness and
understanding between cultures by encouraging international meetings and
exchanges in the field of theatre in general.
The IATC holds a world congress every two years, seminars for young critics
twice a year, as well as symposiums, and contributes to juries. English and
French are the association’s two official languages, and its place of incorporation
International Federation for Theatre Research
Exists to facilitate communication and exchange between scholars of theatre and
performance research throughout the world through its conference events and
publishing activities. Founded in 1957, the Federation currently boasts members
from 44 countries and from all continents.
It holds annual international conferences, regional conferences, and research
working group symposia. It owns a leading international journal (Theatre
Research International) and publishes two major book series in collaboration with
Palgrave Macmillan and Rodopi.
To organise international conferences and symposia.
To establish working groups for specific research projects.
To assist members to obtain grants for their work from foundations, trusts, and
other grant-making bodies.
To assist in organising societies for theatre research.
To submit to the authorities of all countries the desirability of creating and
maintaining courses, institutes and chairs of theatre research.
To publish the work of its members in peer-reviewed books series and a major
International Federation of Actors (FIA)
Our members are the trade unions, guilds and associations that work hard every
day to ensure that performers can work safely, earn a decent living from their
profession and the commercial exploitation of their talent, train to adjust to a
rapidly changing environment, enjoy an adequate social protection and equal
opportunities and be granted intellectual property rights on their performances.
At international level, FIA steps in and brings these same values to a higher
ground, where the lobbying machinery is intricate, national interests are traded
and rules are bargained to shape our daily life. But FIA is not only an
indispensable lobbying tool for all of us. It is, perhaps most importantly, a powerful
heart for all its members, many of which have directly experienced the solidarity
that has always been its trademark. Whether in the midst of industrial actions,
facing sudden hardship, struggling against political regimes and in countless other
occasions, the mutual support of our unions has been a critical asset for those
International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL)
Information and exchange network for theatre activity in Museums
International Network for Contemporary
Performing Arts (IETM)
Our Mission is:
To stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing
arts in a global environment by initiating and facilitating:
professional networking and communication
the dynamic exchange of information
know-how transfer and presentations of examples of good practice.
We aim to
Anticipate : new artistic tendencies and evolutions in the environment of the
contemporary performing arts in Europe and around the world
Connect : diverse organisations who share common interests in a cross-sector
Catalyse : international partnerships, exchanges, collaborations and
Strengthen : the contemporary performing arts sector by providing new
arguments for the arts and by supporting professionals via informal learning
Influence : public policy through active participation in cultural policy debates,
policy for and through direct advocacy
Federate : different actors in the sector through IETM‟s neutral and
International Organisation of Scenographers,
Theatre Technicians and Architects (OISTAT)
The Aims are:
To stimulate the exchange of ideas and innovations, and to promote
international collaboration in professions which support live performance
To promote the formation of centres in each country in order to achieve
To encourage life-long learning among live performance practitioners
To respect the integrity of all cultures and celebrate the diversity as well as
the similarities of those who work in support of live performance.
OISTAT has Centres in 34 countries around the world with combined membership
of over 12,000 members; six active Commissions undertaking a variety of projects
in the areas of Education, Technology, Scenography, History and Theory,
Publication and Communication, and Architecture; and a growing active presence
on the web
International Schools Theatre Association
We bring together young people, artists and teachers from different countries in
particular settings to experience and learn about theatre, culture and each other.
This results in exciting theatre and develops innovative practice at a range of
international festivals and training events.
We value diversity and collaboration, celebration and play, friendship and
collegiality. These values underpin our practice and lead to the ongoing
development of new collaborations, partnerships and programmes.
An international community of young people, teachers and practitioners.
Committed to providing high quality experiences that develop creative learning
and internationalism through theatre.
The International Theatre Educator.
International University Theatre Association
The International University Theatre Association was founded in 1994 to develop
and promote recognized post-secondary activity in theatre training, creation,
research and theoretical and practical research, throughout the world, at the level
of university or higher studies. The IUTA is present in every continent and has
members in over fifty countries.
Designed by and for people from universities and other types of post-secondary
learning institutions, the IUTA is a unique forum where teachers, practitioners,
creators, scholars and theorists can share discoveries and discuss common
concerns. The IUTA provides a space for both exchanges and services (through
the presence of festival organizers), and is open to all members of the academic
community with an interest in theatre. The IUTA holds a World Congress every
The aim of the International Association of University Theatres is to develop and
promote university theatre worldwide. „University theatre‟, in this context, means
any theatrical activity carried out within higher and tertiary education institutions,
as training, creative or research activities, either theoretical or practical.
Aware of the role theatre plays in fostering dialogue and understanding between
cultures, the association promotes exchanges and collaboration between
university theatres (be it spontaneous student theatre, assisted, vocational or
professional work) as well as contacts with amateur and professional theatres.
Action for Children‟s Arts (ACA)
Founded in 1998, Action for Children’s Arts is a national membership organisation
embracing all professionals working in children’s arts.
National Student Drama Festival
Annual festival presents 60 productions from schools, Further Education Colleges,
Youth Groups, Drama Societies, individuals and touring companies set up by
Includes all forms of live theatre performance: dance, mime, physical theatre,
music theatre, site-specific work, comedy, clowning, devised work, new writing
and classical and modern drama, as well as film, television and radio.
Dates: 9-15 April 2011
Cultural Learning Alliance (CLL)
The Cultural Learning Alliance is for everyone who believes that children and
young people should have an entitlement to quality cultural experiences
The Alliance brings together the diverse parts of the cultural sector to work
together – including museums, film, libraries, heritage, dance, literature, new
media arts, theatre, visual arts and music – with the education and youth sector. It
assumes that culture is experienced in a highly interactive, participatory and
personal way; that cultural learning takes place within and beyond learning
institutions; that it has the power to inspire civic engagement leading to personal,
social and community benefit and to the growth of the creative economy; and that
it can transform and inspire lives, regardless of personal circumstances
National Campaign for the Arts (NCA)
The National Campaign for the Arts is the UK‟s only independent organisation
campaigning for all the arts. Since 1985 we have worked to protect and promote
the UK‟s world class arts scene and acted as a powerful and effective advocate
for the sector, able to influence the people who matter. With a growing, UK-wide
membership, the NCA is driven by the needs of the arts sector. We believe that
only speaking with a united voice can the arts truly be heard.
Research & Development Organisations
Promotes and develops the performing arts for children and young people in
The Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival & Tour takes place in Edinburgh and
throughout Scotland in May/June each year.
Every autumn Imaginate hosts an event exploring the methods and processes
involved in the creation of performances for children and young people.
Development Opportunities are offered for artists and producers at every stage of
their career to enhance their skills.
Professional Development opportunities for teachers and other educators offer
them opportunities to make the most of the performing arts in education.
Strategic Development is undertaken through research, advocacy and initiatives
to increase access and participation and enhance the experience for children and
Kinder- und Jugendtheaterzentrum in der
Development organisation owned by ASSITEJ Germany.
Organises workshops, festivals, seminars and international exchanges.
Extensive archive, publications, database of playscripts.
Staff in Frankfurt and Berlin.
Chambre des Théâtres pour l’Enfance et la
Development agency in Wallonie-Bruxelles community of Belgium
International Theatre for Young Audiences
Research Network (ITYARN)
ITYARN, the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network, is the
international research network of ASSITEJ International. ITYARN aims to further
research on theatre for young audiences.
Children’s Theatre in the UK
This site is an initiative to focus on critical and theoretical appreciations of
children‟s theatre: it aims to elevate the study of children‟s theatre to the level of
other theatre studies, as well as bring together both academics and practitioners
with an interest for research into theatre for the young.
The Future Playground
A community of people who are creating the future of art for children.
It’s a place for debate, for exchanging ideas, sharing knowledge, asking
questions, and spreading information.
It’s a place where we can come together and talk about how to ensure that art for
children – whether in theatre, dance, visual art, music, writing or any other form –
can always be as brilliant, challenging, rigorous and beautiful as art for anyone
Festivals of Theatre for Young Audiences
UK & Ireland
Agor Drysau / Opening Doors: Biennial, International: 16-20 March
2010: Aberystwyth, Wales www.aradgoch.org e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Imaginate: Annual, International: 10-16 May 2010: Edinburgh, Scotland:
www.imaginate.org.uk/FESTIVAL2009/home.php e: email@example.com
The Belfast Children’s Festival: Annual, International: 21–30 May 2010: Belfast,
Northern Ireland www.belfastchildrensfestival.com e: firstname.lastname@example.org
the Spark: Annual, International: 31 May–13 June 2010: Leicestershire, England
www.sparkfestival.co.uk e: email@example.com
Ciao! International, Climate Change theme: 21 – 27 June 2010: Oxford, England:
Takeoff: Annual, National Showcase: 11-12 November 2010: Darlington,
Sticky Fingers: Biennial, Early Years: May 2011: Newry, Northern Ireland
www.stickyfingersarts.co.uk/sf/festival.do e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children: Annual, International: 11-17
October 2010: Galway, Republic of Ireland www.baboro.ie33
US based site with hundreds of arts organisations worldwide.
Arts Council England
Government-funded national development agency for the arts in England
(See also Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
Arts Council Ireland
The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon is the national agency for funding,
developing and promoting the arts in Ireland. www.artscouncil.ie
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