In association with Young People in the Arts Australia (YPAA), Centenary of Canberra and the Australia Council for the Arts, Canberra Youth Theatre is proud to welcome the brightest emerging artists from across Australia to our national capital this April, for the 2013 Emerging Artist event of the year, watershed : National Theatre Summit for Young and Emerging Artists.

The National Theatre Summit is a biennial event, providing an immersive 3 days of professional development for emerging theatre artists and theatre makers across the country. CYT is proud to have been chosen to host this auspicious event – providing an opportunity to bring artists from across Australia to Canberra, as it celebrates its centenary with an epic year-long festival.

If you have the capacity to spread the word of this event to any young & emerging artists in your networks, that would be fantastic. We particularly want to ensure our artists from regional and remote Australia know about the event and can access this great opportunity too!

Thank you in advance for your support of our nation's emerging artists.

Warm regards,

The Watershed Team!
Ph: 02 6248 5057


watershed: National Theatre Summit for Young and Emerging Artists

Australia is overflowing with resources and potential for Young and Emerging Theatre Artists. We are amid the birth of the new ‘Gen C’ Generation Connected – but are we harnessing all the possibilities that our connectedness allows?

watershed is an inspiring 3 days of master classes, panel discussions, workshops and performances with interstate and international guest artists, to unlock untapped ideas, exploring new possibilities to connect locally, nationally and globally and to inspire innovative pathways for the future of the Australian Theatre Industry.

watershed will showcase challenging new works, including an after-hours city-walk performance from Canberra’s You Are Here Festival, Centenary’s NO NEED TO BE TOLD and more! Participants in the summit will also be the first to experience the World Premiere of 35° 17 SOUTH – A Multi-Reality, Location-based Game at the National Gallery of Australia (play on any Android phone/tablet with rear camera).

watershed provides networking opportunities with inspiring professional artists from across Australia, as well as keynote, master classes and performance by international guest artist, Baba Israel. Baba is a director/hip hop/ spoken word artist and former Artistic Director of Contact Manchester and Contacting the World Theatre Festival, coming all the way from New York for watershed.

watershed responds to the needs of Young and Emerging Theatre Artists to make critical personal and industry connections which support refined artistic practice, shared resourcing, professional networking, out-of-the-box ideas and the presentation of evocative new works.


Dates: 11 – 13 April 2013
Age Group: 16 – 30 yrs (Emerging Artists)

Registrations Close: 5 April, 2013
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Cost: $50 per participant (Includes 3 meals, ticket to 35ᵒ17South and You Are Here relaunch)
Venue: C Block Theatre | Gorman House Arts Centre | Braddon ACT

Accessibility: Please contact Canberra Youth Theatre to discuss your access needs on02 6248 5057

Background of The National Theatre Summit for Young and Emerging Artists:

The first National Theatre Summit for Young and Emerging Artists Totipotent, took place at St. Martins Youth Arts Centre, Melbourne in September of 2011.

Initiated by the Catapult team at St. Martins, and through the support of the Office for Youth and Young People And the Arts, the summit developed into a truly national event.

From the Pilbara to the ACT, Darwin to Tasmania, Adelaide to Townsville, Sydney to Toowoomba, and of course Melbourne – Over 60 young and emerging theatre artists from across Australia gathered to connect, share, debate the issues affecting them, develop ideas and create new networks that previously did not exist.

Against the backdrop of a national cultural policy discussion paper and the continued evolution of the Australian Theatre Forum, the National Theatre Summit for Young and Emerging Artists is now firmly established on the national arts calendar.