Value of TYA: A Global, Advocacy-Focused Research Seminar

This presentation reports on the Building Collective Resilience Project - Stream 5, which explores the impact of theatre on the lives of young people. This project aims to crystalise the value of theatre engagement for young people, collating research and transforming anecdotal observations into a structured, evidence-based framework. The insights gathered seek to inform theatre practitioners, educators, and policymakers, providing a robust foundation for future initiatives and advocacy in youth theatre. Our approach integrates a systematic literature review and evidence gap map with insights from ‘grey literature’ and direct feedback from theatre practitioners and participants, offering a comprehensive view of the current landscape and identifying pivotal areas for future exploration.

Production Credits

Professor Michael ANDERSON

Professor Kelly FREEBODY


About the Artists

Kelly Freebody is a Professor in the School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, Australia. Her work focuses on drama, young people, education and social justice. She was co-editor of the recent Routledge Companion to Theatre and Young People (2022) and is co-editor of the Applied Theatre Research journal.


Dr Michael Anderson is Professor of Creativity and Arts Education in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney and Co-Director of the CREATE Centre. He is an internationally recognised educational leader in drama and arts education, creativity and school transformation processes. He has taught, researched and published in education and transformation for over 20 years, including 20 books and 60 book chapters and journal articles.

Publicity Info

Slides being presented in Cuba.
    • Aimed Towards Adults
    • Professional Content
Primary Language
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  • Highly Visual
Event Format
‘Hybrid’ (some contributors ‘On the Ground’ and some presenting via Pre-Recorded Video)