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 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.




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.

  • We create productions for children, providing opportunities for young people to participate in the presentation and making of theatre as actors, stage managers, directors and technical operators.
  • Our main-stage productions provide many young children with their first theatrical experience. Our plays range from fairy tales to modern classics and original Australian stories.
  • MSTYP provides vital professional work for Australian artists – writers, composers, teaching artists, directors and designers.
  • MSTYP creates a supportive environment where young people work together towards a common goal and challenge themselves under the mentorship of theatre professionals. and provide drama training and theatre-making opportunities for young people from the age of three through to young adults.
  • MSTYP is an accessible and inclusive organisation which fosters young people’s creative expression and educates Australia’s future professional artists.
  • 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.




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)
Laura Gava
Nate Gilkes
Cian Connolly

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