History

Outback Theatre for Young People, began in 1989 working from the back of a ute, and in 1992 became a full-time project of South West Arts. In 2006 Outback Theatre for Young People Incorporated was founded, and in 2008 OTYP was made a Australian Company Limited by Guarantee. In 2009 OTYP were recognised by the Australia Council as an outstanding youth arts company offering young people the opportunity to participate in and develop professional theatre practice, and awarded triennial program funding.

Company highlights include: ‘Wide Open Road’, a partnership with PACT Youth Theatre which connected rural and city young artists and performed at both Hay’s Tupra Woolshed, and the Sydney Opera House; ‘Eyes to the Floor’, written by Alana Valentine for OTYP, performed at the Hay Gaol Museum and Griffith Regional Theatre; ‘Ties that Bind’, which brought together young people from Deniliquin, Finley and Barham in a physical theatre and short film project which had performances in the three communities as well as at the ATYP Theatre in Sydney; ‘WaterWays’, a circus extravaganza involving sixty young performers in Balranald;’Under My Skin’ live performance and short film made in Ivanhoe;’Alive and Kicking’, a cross platform, visual and live arts project, that engaged over 200 young people in Hay, resulting in outcomes across digital media, live performance, and installation; and Secret Places: The Connections Project, in partnership with Powerhouse Youth Theatre, which saw culturally diverse young people from Griffith and Western Sydney collaborate in a theatre and new media project.


‘The Ivanhoe Chronicles 2010′, Ivanhoe NSW.