Value of the arts demonstrated in new Australian study

Young people’s anxiety levels decrease and their resilience increases when they engage with theatre, new research shows.

Publicity image for ATYP’s August 2017 production, Dignity of Risk. Image via

A new study commissioned by Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) has documented the significant benefits young people experience when they actively engage with the theatre.

The study, conducted by research company Patternmakers and based on responses from 1,200 current and past ATYP participants, demonstrates ‘extraordinary’ results, the company’s Artistic Director Fraser Corfield told the Australian Theatre Forum (ATF) on Tuesday.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts