Youth arts summit aims to solve sector’s crisis

Australian Theatre for Young People's Fraser Corfield argues the next generation is being denied access to cultural riches.

The moment that the red neon sign lit up the façade of the Rebel Theatre, Australian Theatre for Young People’s (ATYP) new home on the harbourfront at Dawes Point – so-named for its major donor, alumna and ATYP ambassador Rebel Wilson – should have been a joyous one.

And it was. The purpose-built facility houses the company’s first dedicated theatre. Part of the NSW government-championed Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, it marks a new era for the company.

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Stephen A Russell is a Melbourne-based arts writer. His writing regularly appears in Fairfax publications, SBS online, Flicks, Time Out, The Saturday Paper, The Big Issue and Metro magazine. You can hear him on Joy FM.