Festivals and Diversity

Dr Steve Ball gives his views on the role of festivals in developing the Theatre for Young Audiences field. 

Dr Steve Ball, the Associate Director for The Birmingham Repertory Theatre (UK), facilitated a session on the first day of the Producers’ Bazaar at ASSITEJ’s Cradle of Creativity. He asked attendees to consider: How can festivals support the professional development of artists, increase cultural diversity, raise the profile of theatre for young audiences and act as a catalyst for change?

In the following audio excerpt (8 minutes), he speaks about his research in the UK and a project to encourage inclusion and diversity in Theatre for Young Audiences:

Tegan Arazny (Facilitator & Documenter)
Tegan is a strong advocate for the development of Theatre and the Arts in community settings and has been involved with numerous Applied Theatre programmes throughout her professional training and experience. Tegan graduated with a Master of Arts with Distinction in Applied Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She has professional experience in Community Performance that engages young people in contemporary social issues. Tegan has also collaborated and performed with award-winning theatre company PuppetSoup to deliver puppetry workshops and tour their new bilingual show, ‘Arthur the Bear King’, to rural and socially deprived areas of Wales. Tegan is currently working with The Blue Datto Foundation as a Project Coordinator to expand and develop their interactive road safety education program to young people and communities throughout New South Wales, Australia.