Australian Theatre for Young People offers two unique scholarship opportunities for young Australians aged 18–26.  The deadline for applications is January 29.Partnering with G’Day USA and the Australian Theatre Company (LA), recipients will receive a yearlong mentoring with ATYP in Sydney, culminating in the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, work on a project with the Australian Theatre Company and be profiled at the G’Day USA Gala in January 2018.

ATYP Ambassadors Rebel Wilson and Rose Byrne are both alumni of the theatre company and are generously supporting these two scholarship funds. Each of the scholarships has different selection criteria but both are centred around identifying, nurturing and promoting the next generation of theatre artists.

Rebel Wilson has donated $15,000 per year for three years (2016-2018) to fund the Rebel Wilson Theatremaker Scholarship to be awarded to an emerging artist interested in generating their own content. The recipient can be any combination of the following: actor / writer / producer.

I received a similar scholarship from ATYP, Nicole Kidman and Lend Lease in 2004 which allowed me to travel to New York and develop my writing and performing skills. The opportunity was invaluable in turning me into the professional that I am today. I am so passionate about theatre – it’s where I got my start and it’s also a great platform for young artists to work in and develop their style, potentially using it as a stepping stone into other storytelling mediums such as film and television. Australia has so much young creative talent and I am so proud to now be in a position to help and give back. It’s important these young people are encouraged and supported, just like I was when I was a student at ATYP. I can’t wait to see who applies for this amazing opportunity!

Rose Byrne has also donated $15,000 per year for three years (2016-2018) to support an emerging female leader in the arts. This could be a director, writer, actor or producer. Her commitment to the support of women in film is widely known but this scholarship marks her commitment to women in theatre.

I’m delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to young women passionate about a career in theatre. I know that ATYP will provide a nurturing and professional environment for an artist to learn and grow their art form. I look forward to following their progress and seeing the quality of work that is created. I’m delighted that ATYP continues to be at the forefront of mentoring the arts leaders of tomorrow.”

More information available at ATYP.