Providing advocacy & resources for the field of theatre for young audiences.

Photos: Noise Control, ASSITEJ Norway, Photo: Jamie Michael Bivard; La Comedia de los Errores, ASSITEJ Argentina

Welcome to International Programs.

Theatre for Young Audiences/USA is the United States National Center for ASSITEJ-International (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) who advocates “the theatre and the arts as a universal expression of humankind, as fundamental to human, social, and cultural development, and as a bridge-builder for mutual understanding and tolerance as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

This page contains information on upcoming and recently passed ASSITEJ events as well as links to recent international related TYA News Blog posts related to other opportunities.

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Ernie Nolan & Kim Peter Kovac, your incoming and outgoing Representatives to ASSITEJ International. They will be working together at the upcoming events in Birmingham and Cape Town to make the transition complete.

Upcoming International Events

The 19th ASSITEJ World Congress & Performing Arts Festival May 2017: Cape Town, South Africa


ASSITEJ South Africa will host the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress & Performing Arts Festival May 17-27, 2017 in Cape Town. 

Read the current call for papers and proposals at the ASSITEJ International site.

NEXT Generation applications are due September 30, 2016. More info HERE.

Watch their bid video:

Events: 2018-2020

Bids for the ASSITEJ Artistic Gatherings in 2018 and 2019 as well as for the 20th ASSITEJ World Congress in 2020 are in the works and will be voted on in Cape Town.

Watch this space for more information as it develops!

Recent International News Blog Posts

Past International Events

ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering July 2016: Birmingham, England

TYA-UK and TYA-Ireland hosted On The Edge: An International Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences July 2-9, 2016. This was the first time that an ASSITEJ global gathering has been held in the UK since 1964.

For much more information, visit OnTheEdge2016.com.

On The Edge in the News:


ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering April 2015: Berlin, Germany


ASSITEJ Germany and The Children’s and Young People’s Theater Center in the Federal Republic of Germany (KJTS)  held an Artistic Gathering in associated with the Augenblick Mal! Festival, April 21-26, 2015. For further information: Welcome; Generations in Dialogue.

The 18th ASSITEJ World Congress & Performing Arts Festival May 2014 in Warsaw, Poland


The 18th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival (Korczak Festival Special Edition) was held in Warsaw, Poland, May 23-31, 2014, presented by the Polish Centre of the International Association of Theatres for Children and Young People ASSITEJ and the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute. This year’s theme was “Facing the Audience.”

For more, see #ASSITEJ2014 on Twitter and Facebook, and check out reflections on the TYA Blog.