Canberra Youth Theatre is one of the leading youth arts companies in Australia.

We create opportunities for young people to collaborate, develop their artistic skills and create pathways to the professional arts sector.

We advocate for and amplify the voices of young people, providing a space for them to discover and express their creative selves.

We produce powerful theatre where young artists ignite urgent conversations, challenge the forces that shape them, and invite us to see the world from new perspectives.

Canberra Youth Theatre is the voice of youth expressed through intelligent and challenging theatre.


Creativity and Confidence

We believe that an engagement with the arts creates a stronger society and want to create a place where young people are free to explore their creative selves and become confident members of our community.

Artistic Exploration

We want to develop creative thinkers, makers and lovers of art and performance. We strive to create opportunities for young people to share their voice, discover their own artistic practice and challenge expectations about what theatre can be.

Community and Networks

We believe in creating a supportive environment and nurturing community for young people that is welcoming, inclusive and diverse. The connections made through youth theatre are often long-lasting and essential to the development of the creative lives of young people.

Youth Leadership

We want the voices of our young artists to be heard. We believe that young people need to be supported and empowered so that they have agency and the confidence to create the positive change they want to see in the world.


• Teach core performance skills and create pathways to professional artistic careers.

• Provide a space for all young people to develop and express their creative self.

• Create and share ambitious art.

• Inspire audiences and challenge their expectations about the work young artists can create. 

• Grow the organisation while remaining sustainable and ethical.

Canberra Youth Theatre was established in 1972 and is an Australian not for profit youth arts company based in the ACT. We are committed to diversity and acknowledge that some of the best art comes from working with artists from a range of backgrounds and abilities. If you have any access requirements or special needs, please get in touch.

Canberra Youth Theatre is proudly supported by its members, supporters and partners, the ACT Government through artsACT and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.

Canberra Youth Theatre is committed to the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.