Marian St Theatre for Young People



Marian Street Theatre for Young People (MSTYP) is one of the oldest continually-running children’s theatre and drama school 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.


Artistic Director Nate Gilkes
Business Manager Jessica Blaxland Ashby
Accounts Andrew James


Halina Abramowicz 
Emma-Jane Dann 
Laura Gava 
Sher Kearney 
Catherine Lewis 
Brooke Ellen Louttit 
Barnaby Neville 
Victoria Nichols 
Lucy Watson 
Goldele Rayment 
Rachael Higgins 
Bonnie Cowan 
Brie Harris
Nick Burton
Bosilka May


David Castle (President)
David Newman (Vice President)
Don Waller (Treasurer)
Jessica Blaxland Ashby (secretary)
Wendy Blaxland
Laura Gava
Sher Kearney
Nate Gilkes


The aim of MSTYP is to promote an appreciation an appreciation and love of theatre to young people through classes, direct involvement in theatre practice and through watching good theatre.

We believe that children deserve a theatre experience equal to that provided for adults.

We are passionate about creating a quality theatre experience that is age appropriate, challenging, enjoyable and serves the emotional, artistic and educational needs of young people.


MSTYP is a not for profit theatre organisation operating for the benefit of children and young people who wish to explore the creative theatre arts, from acting and singing, to puppetry and physical theatre, under the direction of professional theatre artists.

We create productions for children and provide drama training and theatre-making opportunities for young people from the age of three through to young adults. MSTYP is an accessible organisation which fosters young people's creative expression and educates Australia's future professional artists. Reflecting Sydney's muticultural status, MSTYP's students and young performers have a diverse cultural heritage.

We provide opportunities for young people to participate in presenting and making theatre as actors, stage managers, directors and technical operators. MSTYP creates a supportive environment where young people work together towards a common goal and challenge themselves under the mentorship of theatre professionals.

Our after school and weekend classes and holiday workshops emphasize team work, creative expression, inspiration, laughter, exploration and individual discipline to achieve a personal aim or the group's common goal in telling the stories that reflect their lives.

Our main-stage productions provide many young children with their first theatrical experience. These productions use strong storytelling, original music, puppetry and vibrant staging. Our plays range from fairy tales to modern classics and original Australian stories.

MSTYP provides vital professional work for Australian writers, composers, tutors, directors and designers.

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


The Marian Street Theatre venue in Killara is currently closed for renovation. We have a busy and active schedule of classes and performances around Sydney's North Shore.


       PO Box 425
       NSW 2071