History

Spark is both a new and an old company. The former Ashfield Youth Theatre was founded in 2001 as an initiative of Ashfield Council but after merging with Leichhardt and Marrickville to form Inner West Council in 2016, Spark Youth Theatre was born. Our reincarnation as Spark gives us the opportunity to reach out to a larger community of young people, continuing to ignite imagination, collaboration and experimentation.

We’ve created countless new works in collaboration with companies such as CuriousWorks, PACT centre for emerging artists, Playwriting Australia and the Australian Theatre for Young People. Since 2014, we have also looked to collaborations with non-arts organisations in order to explore various iterations of socially engaged theatre. These partnerships have included headspace, the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW and NSW Teachers.