Marian St Theatre for Young People


MSTYP acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Gayamaygal, Garigal and the Wallamedegal and their Country on which we operate. We show our respect to all Aboriginal people. We acknowledge their Elders in the past and in the present, and acknowledge the spirits and ancestors of those that lived in our area.

Our Mission

Our mission is to enrich the lives of young people by connecting them to the transformative power of live performance. 


Joy - Making and experiencing theatre is a gift. As a learner, performer, technician or facilitator we will endeavour to make our processes joyous experiences.

Creativity - We commit to ensuring that creativity and a creative mindset are the driving forces behind all of our work.

Courage - Like many arts companies, MSTYP has limited resources. We will commit to thinking outside of our limitations, to make bold artistic decisions and think outside of our obvious limitations

Spirit - MSTYP is a spiritual place, a place that connects people across countries and generations.  We consider the people that form our company and care deeply about where we’ve come from and our future

Excellence - We commit to ensure that everything we present and teach, every artist we work with is of the highest quality


  1. Provide exceptional training and engagement opportunities for young people
  2. Facilitate theatre work driven by the ideas of young people
  3. Create and present high quality, original work for young audiences


Marian Street Theatre for Young People (MSTYP) is one of the oldest continually-running children’s theatres and drama schools in Australia, inaugurated in 1969. It has been a unique part of Sydney’s North Shore Ku-ring-gai community for nearly 50 years, originally as an arm of the distinguished Marian Street Theatre Ltd. and since 2001 as an independent, not-for-profit organisation.

What we do

Creative thinking, collaboration and imagination will be at the forefront of skills required for a 21st Century world and workforce.

MSTYP uses theatre training alongside live performance to magnify and amplify the stories and questions of our world. Our company asks its participants to imagine the possibilities within the world they are growing up in; to think artistically, critically and creatively, and use theatre as an interpretative lens in their roles as active global citizens. 


Artistic Director/CEO

Nate Gilkes 

General Manager 

Jessica Blaxland Ashby 


Fay Ji


David Castle (Chair/President) 
David Newman (Vice President) 
Don Waller (Finance Director/Treasurer) 
Jessica Blaxland Ashby (secretary) 
Wendy Blaxland 
Laura Gava 
Nate Gilkes 


Our organisation is committed to child safety. We have zero tolerance of child abuse.