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Youth Arts Organisations

Some organisations that produce work by and with young people and facilitate experiences for young audiences...

Community and Collaborations

  • inDigital Centre
    Supported by Fraynework Multimedia, the inDigital Centre is a not for profit organisation established to create educational multimedia productions. Fraynework has a strong commitment to the empowerment of Indigenous Australians and to the education of the non-Indigenous population regarding Indigenous culture and history.
  • Signal
    Signal is an arts project by and about young people. Thirteen to 18 year olds will be able to work with professional artists on high quality arts and media projects, developing their own voices, and sending out their own Signal.
  • SYN FM
    Melbourne's only independent youth media organisation. SYN broadcasts throughout Melbourne, Geelong and in parts of regional Victoria on 90.7 FM, produces live youth television for Channel 31 and a regular e-zine.
  • Visionary Images
    Visionary Images (VI) is an artistic collaboration between disadvantaged young people and established artists in partnerships with community welfare support agencies and other government and non government agencies.
  • Westside Circus
    Westside Circus is a vibrant and growing community arts organisation creating circus, performance, physical theatre, music and leadership opportunities for young people.
  • Western Edge
    Western Edge Youth Arts is a non-profit organisation established to provide positive arts and performance experiences to young people from different cultural and social backgrounds living in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Projects are managed in community contexts and in schools projects.

Theatre, Dance and Performance

  • Arena Theatre Company
    Arena Theatre Company is one of Australia’s longest-running producers of theatre for children and young people. Arena’s  mission is to create dynamic, sophisticated, contemporary theatre that engages young audiences and is recognised internationally for excellence in creating performances for young people.
  • Courthouse Youth Arts Centre
    The Courthouse (as it's commonly referred to)  is located in Geelong and provides a dynamic world of arts based programs & events focused on young people aged 12-25 years and facilities accessible to the general community.
  • The National Theatre Drama School
    The Youth Drama Program offers young people between the ages of 5 and 17, a range of drama classes that aim to engage, excite and train students in the actor's craft. Classes cater for specific age groups and run both mid-week and on Saturdays.
  • Phunktional
    Phunktional is a dance theatre company dedicated to positive social change through the creation of performances that investigate, discuss and reflect contemporary society.
  • Platform Youth Theatre
    Platform Youth Theatre develops performances created in partnership between well respected artists and young people. The annual artistic program takes shape in the form of mentoring, workshops and a major annual production.
  • St Martin's Youth Arts Centre
    A not-for-profit organisation for young people aged five to twenty-five which encourages artistic development through hands-on projects, creative opportunities and exposure to artists and theatre practices. They have an ensemble program including the new St Martins Choir and run workshops and masterclasses.
  • Union House Theatre
    Union House Theatre has helped nurture generations of playwrights, directors, performers and technicians. Union House Theatre engages students in a wide range of professionally-led performing arts experiences, as well as assisting with student-run productions and initiatives. 

Literature and Writing

  • Centre for Youth Literature
    The Centre for Youth Literature offers exciting and affordable book events for young people and professionals. Teenagers and children meet great writers and talented young actors - bringing reading to life.
  • Express Media
    The peak organisation for the creation, development and promotion of young Australian writers and text-based artists and produces Voicework magazine. Express Media is a key point of contact for young people wishing to enter the world of literature and text from either a professional viewpoint, or just to test the waters.


  • Anti-Racism Action Band (A.R.A.B)
    A.R.A.B is run by the Victorian Arabic Social Services. It is a unique, high energy community development youth performing arts project currently working with 100 youth from 30 different cultures in the North and North West of Melbourne.
  • FReeZa
    A Victorian Government program that provides opportunities for young people to enjoy drug and local alcohol-free music and cultural events. Young people are involved in the planning and delivery of every FReeZA event with the assistance of community organsations. There is a gig guide as well as a list of FReeZa committies so you can get involved in helping organise the next event.
  • The Push
    The Push is a non-profit, statewide youth entertainment organisation. It was established to provide opportunities for young people to access affordable, alcohol free events and to have the option to participate in the life of the local community. The Push coordinates 'Face the Music' which is an annual program of workshops for young musicians and there is also a list of resources available to download.


"Westside Heads Southside" Frankston Arts Centre & Westside Circus 2007


Youth dnacing on stage

Platform Youth - production of "The Golem of Rucker's Hill"


Professional writer talking to school children in library

The Age Melbourne Writers Festival 2007



Youth dressed in white monster costumes for a performance

"Raze" a collaboration between Snuff Puppets, First Impressions Youth Theatre, Freeza & the City of Whittlesea