International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People

Association International du Theatre pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse

WORKING PLAN 2017 – 2020


Approved by the General Assembly of ASSITEJ in Cape Town, South Africa, May 2017.


Article 2 – Aims

2.1 To work for the rights of children and young people to artistic experiences especially designed and created for them.

2.2 To work for the recognition and acknowledgement of theatre for children and young people.

2.3 To work for improvement of the conditions of theatre for children and young people all over the world.

2.4 To improve the common knowledge of theatre for children and young people worldwide, thus drawing the attention of international and national authorities to the importance of taking children and young people and the artistic work created for them seriously.

2.5 To give people working with theatre for children and young people the opportunity to learn about the work of colleagues from other countries and cultures, thus enabling them to enrich theatre for children and young people in their own country.

2.6 To help to form in all countries, ASSITEJ centres and networks which function in

accordance with the mission, constitution and policies of the Association. These centres and networks shall unite all theatres, organizations, and people interested in theatre for children and young people.

2.7 To help to establish international artistic networks that work on a multinational basis on different aspects of artistic work for young audiences to increase the artistic competence of the artists and for their benefit.


Article 3 – Means

The means of achieving these aims will be:

3.1. Organization, promotion and support of national, regional, and international programmes, congresses, conferences, festivals, study tours, exhibitions, and other activities. ASSITEJ will

3.1.1 Strategically support regional initiatives and development, particularly using EC meetings and members as a mechanism.

3.1.2 Implement Regional workshops as requested by members, to fulfil the needs of ASSITEJ centres in a region, and to share expertise and experience;

3.1.3 Provide support for members through letters of support on request, according to the protocol for Support.

3.1.4 Support and promote international Projects through giving the

designation of ASSITEJ International Project.

3.1.5 Organise annual international meetings (Artistic Gatherings); and

develop a three year artistic dramaturgy for these, in order to promote exchange, building of networks and new directions in TYA.

3.1.6 Initiate, and adopt as members, new artistic networks, as these seem necessary and desirable.

3.1.7 Initiate and organize projects in cooperation with theatres, networks, national and regional centres.


3.2 Promotion and support of exchange of experiences between artists from all countries. ASSITEJ will

3.2.1 Create a seedfunding programme for collaboration projects between members, who will apply responding to criteria specific to bridging relationships between countries or regions through the artistic exchange.

3.2.2 Maintain the Next Generation residencies programme and encourage similar programmes of exchange on a national and regional basis.

3.2.3 Collaborate with the Next Generation network to support a Placements programme managed by the network, to encourage younger artists to gain experience in different parts of the world.

3.2.4 Devise educational and training projects for skills development and mentorship in order to develop theatre for children in the countries and

regions that have need of such a development, through the establishment of Regional Workshops and other programs.

3.2.5 Initiate and support international and intercultural theatre projects of co-operation and exchange using international meetings and festivals as platforms.

3.2.6 Develop marketing and fundraising strategies to promote and fund such projects.

3.2.7 Create a series of case studies of national centres, and share this information to assist in the running, maintaining and development of national centres.

3.2.8 Strategise to create informal partnerships or networks to strengthen the capacity of national centres to be more inclusive, vibrant and active with ongoing communication between members of the association and the EC.


3.3. Encouragement of circulation and exchange of plays, texts, and other literature pertaining to theatre for children and young people. ASSITEJ will

3.3.1 Support “Write Local. Play Global”and “ITYARN” to ensure that texts are circulated, and to support the dissemination and translation of plays.

3.3.2 Provide spaces at Artistic Gatherings, and other ASSITEJ events, as well as on the website, to promote and share plays and texts.


3.4. Collection of material and documentation on theatre for children and young people. ASSITEJ will

3.4.1 Continue the upkeep of the ASSITEJ Archives, focusing on making this more user-friendly and accessible for all members of ASSITEJ and all those interested in research.

3.4.2 Collect and share abstracts and research findings to demonstrate the breadth and depth of research currently available.


3.5. Promotion of theatre for children and young people through all media. ASSITEJ will

3.5.1 Maintain and produce the Website, the monthly Newsletter, an annual Magazine and ASSITEJ-related books and other publications.

3.5.2 Maintain a proactive and vibrant social media presence which reaches out to all and is inclusive.

3.5.3 Produce compelling media around the Take a Child to the Theatre Today campaign.

3.5.4 Promote the ASSITEJ World Day for Theatre for Children and Young People, globally, through continuing and growing the ‘ Take a Child to the Theatre Today’ campaign.

3.5.5 Develop strategic cooperative ventures with other international associations to lobby more broadly for the necessity of theatre for all children and young people.

3.5.6 Promote the ASSITEJ Award for Artistic Excellence, the Applause for Lifetime Achievement Award, the Inspirational Playwrights Awards and the ITYARN Research Award, in order to put focus on theatre for young audiences both inside and outside the association.


3.6. Co-operation with other international organizations with related interests. ASSITEJ will

3.6.1 Continue to seek connections and collaborations with other international theatre organizations;

3.6.2 Build on the World Performance Week as a mechanism for cooperation between the international associations;

3.6.3 Develop strategic relationships with non-theatre based NGOs, institutions or peak bodies which share common values and interests.


3.7. Introduction and support of proposals made by centres and networks in order to advance the work of theatre for children and young people to appropriate national and international authorities and agencies. ASSITEJ will

3.7.1 Work for recognition of theatre art for young audiences as an intrinsic part of the life-long artistic education of children and young people.

3.7.2 Advocate for theatre for young audiences as a basic human right, and the right of every child.

3.7.3 Promote and advocate for theatre that is inclusive of and sensitive to people of all abilities (theatre for, by and with).

3.7.4 Raise awareness of children’s rights through developing activity in parts of the world where children need this activity most.


3.8 Organisational Work: 2017 – 2020

3.8.1. ASSITEJ will work on strategies and practical projects for Fundraising or income generation to ensure the sustainability of the association, and its members, including creating an independent fundraising committee linked to the regions. Concrete proposals include a Solidarity fund, ASSITEJ Auctions, Friends of ASSITEJ and other initiatives, both local and global.

3.8.2 ASSITEJ will explore and experiment with different ways of approaching translation and overcoming language barriers at Artistic gatherings and Congress.

3.8.3 ASSITEJ will actively recruit new memberships from countries currently not represented in the international body and assist them to be active, participative and communicative members of the association.

3.8.4 ASSITEJ will find innovative online means to include in conversation, and exchange knowledge and expertise with, members from countries who struggle to participate in person at events: livestreaming, podcasts, online radio, online workshops, documentation etc.

3.8.5 ASSITEJ will explore methods to include children to participate in the life of the association, in artistic practice, celebration and decision-making.