Why theatre for young audiences?

ASSITEJ SA believes that every child and young person in our country deserves access to the arts, and especially to live theatre, from the earliest possible age. Theatre is a transformational force in the lives of young people, inspiring imaginations, shifting perceptions, teaching empathy and building our nation. 

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Our Team

ASSITEJ South Africa has a diverse, passionate and skilled staff working from almost all provinces of South Africa. 

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Our Volunteers and Interns

ASSITEJ works with local and international interns and volunteers. 

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Our Story

ASSITEJ was established on 10 May 1965 by a global alliance of organisations and individuals involved in the promotion of theatre for children and young people. The ASSITEJ International archives are located in Frankfurt, Germany, the Secretariat is now in Copenhagen, Denmark, and ASSITEJ is present in more than 100 countries.

ASSITEJ South Africa was launched as a national association on 2 July 2007 at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. 

In a now 15 year history, it has grown tremendously, playing host to the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People, held in Cape Town, South Africa in May 2017 – the first and only time this major ASSITEJ event has been held in Africa. To find out more about this groundbreaking event, go here: website:

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Our Partners

ASSITEJ SA has always made its projects and programmes happen through the nurturing of partnerships. Find out more about our amazing partners, funders and supporters here.

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Our Members

Members include: individuals such as actors, musicians, dancers, directors, choreographers, theatre educators, stage designers, dramatists, critics, cultural journalists, researchers and cultural officers, as well as organisations, such as theatre companies, NGOs, institutions, amateur drama groups, societies, schools, crèches, and other networks.

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Resources and Publications


Stimela Sendaba – The Story Train

A series of stories in all of South Africa’s languages, with educational materials, for viewing on youtube, or live on Facebook.

Theatre4Youth Catalogue

The Theatre4youth catalogue reflects the dynamic nature of theatre for young audiences in SA. The online version of this catalogue can be found at


The Ogreling, written by Suzanne Lebeau (French), translated in English and translated into isiXhosa by Sindiwe Magona

Dipalo by Lalu Mokuku and Ginni Manning

Diversity, Representation and Culture in TYA, edited by Manon van de Water

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Our Annual Reports

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To view Annual Financial Reports, go here.

To view Annual General Meeting minutes, go here.

Our Policies and Protocols

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