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ASSITEJ Bulletin: November 2023


New Federal Creative Industries Youth Advisory Group
We are very excited to share that this week the Federal Office for Youth announced five new youth advisory committees, including one for the Creative Industries. The committee will work with the Office for the Arts on a number of things, including key aspects of REVIVE, the national cultural policy. TNA has been actively advocating for this to ministers and government departments, and it is so fantastic to see our sector’s voice has been heard.
The government is looking for people aged 16-25 with a broad range of lived experience and skills. There is an online application form to complete that is mostly box checking, and then 200-300 words on lived experience and skills in the creative industries, and how members will advocate for and represent other young people. Please share and shoulder tap a young person! Applications close November 19th

WA Youth Action Plan
The WA state government is currently undergoing consultation for a new action plan for young people. The current action plan is here. TNA is aiming to make a submission on behalf of the performing arts sector; to start this process there is an online meeting to talk about the action plan and gather thoughts and ideas from the sector what should go into the submission. Wednesday Nov 8th, 10 – 11am (WA time). Register here.

Youth Dance Australia Films
TNA supports the convening of Youth Dance Australia, a national network of youth dance organisations and leaders. They have released two beautiful dance films, MEETING PLACE and ALUMNI, created by Sue Healy, and featuring eight youth dance companies and their alumni, some of Australia’s most well known professional artists today.

A birdseye view of circle of dancers in bright pink and yellow clothes. Shadows are cast over the concrete they stand on.
A still taken from the film MEETING PLACE by Sue Healy.


4 Nov – Signal Moco Mini Drag School Performance and Movement Workshop (VIC)
Free for people aged 14–25 to learn the tools and tips needed to craft a drag performance. Run by artists Cerulean and Stone Motherless Cold.

10 Nov – Horizons Regional NSW Youth Project
18-month paid professional development program for artists 16–27, who will be paired with an experienced mentor from their chosen field based in regional NSW.

13 Nov – NXT Gen ARTS Grants (NT)
Up to $10,000 for NT artists or arts workers aged 18–25 to undertake a three-month full-time placement with a host arts organisation. 

15 Nov ­– Griffin Theatre Studio 2024 EOIs (NSW)
Creative lab for early career playwrights to develop a project, while undertaking workshops on playwriting and theatre-making with a cohort of artistic peers.

30 Nov – EOIs for Young Makers Program
For First Nations and CaLD young people aged 15–18 to immerse themselves in The Blue Room Theatre’s Summer Nights Festival by accessing  various performances and workshops to develop their ideas.

2 Dec – Propel Youth Arts WA PIVOT 2023: Passion to Practice
One-day conference for emerging artists and arts workers, with guest speakers including Executive Director of The Blue Room Theatre Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, and topics on care, working with others, and more. Early bird prices start at $49.

Trauma Informed Practice for Early Childhood Organisations
A free guide using genuine case studies developed in VIC on how Early Childhood Educators can improve their trauma informed practice to help children thrive.


14 Nov – ASSITEJ Coffee Session
ASSITEJ International are hosting an online coffee session for a conversation about being an LGBTQ+ artist in Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). 14 Nov, 1:30am AEDT/13 Nov, 10:30pm AWST.

14 Dec – Call for Submissions to the ASSITEJ Magazine Online 2024
ASSITEJ International are calling for articles (500-700 words) from TYA artists/practitioners to be published online in the lead up to the World Congress in 2024. Articles are asked to respond to the theme ‘Embodying Vision,’ with a number of prompts offered. 

IDEA World Congress 2024
Save the date: the 10th IDEA World Congress (for drama/theatre education) will take place in Beijing, China, from 15-20 July 2024.

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