How many teenagers are seeing theatre right now?

They are the core arts audiences of the future. But how many teenagers are attending theatre right now?
profile view of four teenagers standing outside looking towards the horizon against an open sky.

Teenagers. They are the arts audiences of the future. They may be chewing gum and running amok today, but one day soon they will be independent adults deciding whether or not to spend their own time and money on what the arts have to offer.

In light of teenagers’ important role in sustaining the arts in coming decades, how well are we serving them now? More specifically, how well is the performing arts and theatre sector drawing them in?

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).