Norifumi Hida: Creating next-generation international artists for theatre for young audiences

The International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) comprises theatre artists from all over the world who, despite the diversity of their backgrounds, experiences and artistic investments, share a belief that social change starts with children and young people

The International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) comprises theatre artists from all over the world who, despite the diversity of their backgrounds, experiences and artistic investments, share a belief that social change starts with children and young people. Preparing such artists for leadership positions in their respective domains is key to the overall mission. In this paper, I will explore ASSITEJ’s Next Generation residency programs as a key facilitator of individual artistic growth that in turn will have impacts on the field of Theatre for Young Audiences both locally and globally, which in its own turn will have an effect on the children and youth who experience these artistic results. My hope is that this exploration offers a model for other groups and movements seeking to provide “next generation” leadership training as a means to long-term growth and sustainability.

Norifumi Hida, MFA (East 15), PhD (Warwick) is an Assistant Professor at the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University in Japan. He conducts research on theatre for young audiences, youth theatre, as well as drama and theatre education. While organising various exhibitions, symposia, and events at the Theatre Museum, he teaches theatre history, theatre theory, drama and theatre education, applied theatre, and EFL (English as a foreign language) and JSL (Japanese as a second language) through drama and theatre at different universities. He also runs seminars for trainee educational officers at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. He is on the Editorial Board of ‘ArtsPraxis’ at New York University in the U.S.A; International Advisor of Theatre for Young Audiences Centre at Rose Bruford College in the U.K.; and Board Member of the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network, ASSITEJ.

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 promotes Young People’s expression and engagement through Puppetry and Theatre practices. As well as collaborating and performing with ERTH Visual & Physical Inc and Welsh theatre company PuppetSoup, she has co-directed and worked alongside Shop Front Arts Co-Op Junior Ensemble of 8-14-year old’s to create the original devised production, The Unknown. Tegan is currently working as Teaching Artist for Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘School Drama’. This is a Teachers Professional Development Program designed to improve teaching and learning by modelling the use of drama-based strategies with quality children's literature.