ASSITEJ is committed to engaging young and emerging artists and professional theatremakers from all over the world interested in TYA.

The ASSITEJ Next Generation Programme offer new opportunities every year and include Group Residency Programmes and Individual Placements. The programme is designed to create new opportunities for learning and to enable international exchange and collaboration between younger artists. In 2018, we celebrated 10 years of the Next Generation programme. 

Next Generation Residencies

This is a programme designed to support artistic and cultural networking, exchange and collaboration between artists within festivals and other international settings through a special programme for a group.

The first Next Generation group met in Adelaide, Australia, during the 16th ASSITEJ Congress. Since then there have been ASSITEJ International Next Generation Residencies in Okinawa, Japan (2012), Linz, Austria (2013), Warsaw, Poland (2014), Berlin, Germany (2015), Birmingham, UK (2016), Cape Town, South Africa (2017), Beijing, China (2018), Kristiansand, Norway (2019), and Helsingborg, Sweden (2022). In 2023, the Next Generation programme will take place in Novi Sad, Serbia. You can apply here before April 25th!

Next Generation Placements

ASSITEJ supports Next Generation Placements to provide younger theatre artists, producers and administrators with an individual opportunity for international mobility within the field of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) and in order to encourage contact and exchange between experienced and emerging artists.

Young people with an interest for and/or experience in TYA will have the opportunity to learn and work with artists in a country different to their own, within the framework of a placement provided by a host, This could include a festival, seminar, workshop, forum, production, etc.

Any person related to TYA between 18 and 35 years old may apply for a placement through this program, and may apply to ASSITEJ for limited financial support. Check out the current offers!

About the placements offers

The placements programme is an ongoing programme in which temporary placements may be offered by companies, centres, networks, festivals or associations and may include participation in festivals, seminars, forums, workshops, productions or any other project within the field of TYA. They will allow younger and emerging artists to have experience in acting, directing, production, playwriting, design, administration, or any TYA related tasks in an international context.

The length and other conditions of the placement may vary. The placement may or may not include an offer for accommodation, financial support or meals. Each placement offer may be for one or more people. Each offer should be made with a detailed description of the activities involved and other conditions. A contact person should be mentioned in the offer.

The offer for placements may be members of ASSITEJ or endorsed by a National Centre.


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A list of all offers will be distributed via email to ASSITEJ members in order to assist those who do not check the website regularly.

The role of ASSITEJ in the Next Generation placements

ASSITEJ has the duty to promote the Next Generation Placements by looking for and encouraging new offers, distributing this information among members, publishing the offers on its website and being the contact between offer-makers and applicants.

ASSITEJ will not take any decision about the selection of the applicants nor the condition of the placements. ASSITEJ will only mediate the applications.

The Next Generation Network is an informal network and framework for young and emerging artists to continue to build on their experiences of participation in the NG Programme. The aim is strengthen the opportunities for international exchange and collaboration and to build new opportunities which supports developments for Young and Emerging initiates world wide. Network activity will be shared at ASSITEJ Gatherings and through online platforms. They have a Facebook group here.