About Young Theatre Project
The goal of the project “Young Theatre” is to address the trend of low and steadily decreasing popularity of theatre among European audiences, especially the young, by exploiting the audience building potential of improvisational theatre.
The project will accomplish its goal by developing an innovative Art Education/Audience Development program in the field of theatre and deliver it across four Culture Program countries to key target groups involved with introducing theatre to the young:
- theatre professionals and
- pedagogues (schools),
in the process creating an international Young Theatre Network, dedicated to children’s improvisational theatre and young audience development in the field of theatre arts.
The project focuses on at-risk countries of Southern and Eastern Europe (Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Slovakia), where Eurobarometer research shows that audience interest in theatre is the lowest and steadily decreasing.
Project partners include Pionirski dom – Youth Culture Center (Slovenia), Elk Theatre (Poland), The State Comic Opera for Children (Romania) and Children’s Culture Center Belgrade (Serbia).
Project Associate Partners include KRILA Creative Laboratory for Contemporary Theatre (Croatia), N.I. Theatre for Children and Young People (Macedonia) and Theatre Thalia Teatro (Slovakia).
Four project partners and three Associate partners from 7 different European countries will produce results that include:
- first group of Improvisational theatre instructors in target countries (16 persons),
- training for 60 theatre professionals and 120 pedagogues in four target countries who will directly engage in improvisational theatre production with approximately:
- 1.000 children,
- produce 80 impro formats,
- publicly present these impro formats to a combined audience of 4000 visitors at 4 Impro Days, and
- presentation of the new audience developing tool to target audiences around Europe at 3 international theatre audience conferences.