Books & Publications 

THE ASSITEJ Book 2008/2009: Order your copy by going to //

The Artist's Handbook: a Guide to the Business of the Arts. The Artist's handbook was conceived, compiled and published by the Africa Centre, in collaboration with VANSA. This book has been specially designed to assist South African artists by providing them with the administrative tools they need to administer, manage and distribute their creative work more effectively, thus maximising income, and individual and organisational sustainability. Copies of The Artist's Handbook cost R50 and are available from the Africa Centre offices (44 Long Street, Cape Town). Contact for more information. 

The ASSITEJ Book 2006-2007 "Next Generation in Theatre for Children and Young People" is now available for purchase. This book, edited by ASSITEJ International President Wolfgang Schneider and Tony Mack, includes articles on TYA (theatre for young people) from practitioners all over the world. The collection of articles includes:
  • "The Puzzle of the Practices of Theatre for Young People," by Dennis Meyer
  • "On the Necessity, Desire, Challenge of Constantly Re-inventing Theatre for a Young Audience," by Geeshe Watermann
  • "The Category of Simplicity and the Complexity of the Theatre," by Wolfgang Schneider
  • "The Fourth Collaborator," by TYA/USA President Lenora Inez Brown

The NEXT generation projects are featured in articles from Korea, Israel, Namibia, Australia, USA and Russia. Cost of the book is 10 USD. For more information, email

The following books are also available through Assitej International: 

Discovering a New Audience for Theatre, Vol. I by Nat Eek 
In June 1965, a group of dedicated professional artists of the theatre met in Paris, France to create the International Association of Theatre for Children and Youth (ASSITEJ). Four days later ASSITEJ was born, and ten years later the organization boasted a total of 28 National Centres in Europe, the mid-East, the Far East, and North and South America. This is their story told meeting by meeting. Leadership in the new organization had come from Great Britain, France, Russia, East Germany, Romania, and the United States. During these ten formative years the world went from an open discovery of new theatrical cultures dedicated to the art of theatre for young people after WWII to a divided membership that found itself lining up politically East to West but still functioning. 

Nine Plays by José Cruz González, edited by Coleman A. Jennings
José Cruz González is a foremost voice in theatre for children and youth whose plays address themes, often through imaginary lands and extraordinary characters, faced by children in their everyday lives. Born to migrant workers in Calexico, California, in 1957, González learned at a young age how to tap into the vast world of his imagination. From his grandfather, who would regale the family with stories and riddles as they worked on the farm, he learned the power of storytelling. He spent afternoons, weekends, and summers working in the fields, so it is no surprise that his plays are strongly tied to the natural world. His use of magical realism has become one of his trademarks. The nine plays in this anthology were thoughtfully collected and will go far to fill the multicultural gap in the world of theatre for children. 

African Theatre Series No 9 Histories of Theatre in Africa (2010)

This volume will focus on the late 19th and early 20th century in Africa. It hopes to explore how performances, both colonial and indigenous have been documented, whether as texts, reviews, playbills; or which have remained in the oral tradition. It is particularly interested in the development and intersections of various performance traditions in the context of the complex relationships between colonial and indigenous peoples, including that of missionaries and travellers, between 'collaboration' and 'resistance'. For more information, contact


ITYARN � The International theatre for Young Audiences Research Network 

To find out more, go to //

Creative Voices - an integrated arts approach to creating original workshopped pieces of musical theatre by children for children. 

AFRICA CONSORTIUM is a network of UK venues, companies and individual artists with a commitment to increasing the relevance and impact of presenting work from Africa and the diaspora.

The AFRICA CENTRE is both a physical entity and an ongoing philosophical process. In time it will emerge as a multi-sited, multiple-usage space where the visual, intellectual and performance cultures of Africa, South and North are celebrated, studied and brought to life for diverse audiences in innovative ways. See




The Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa: OCPA, the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa, is an independent pan-African non-governmental organisation aiming to enhance the development of national cultural policies in the region and their integration in human development strategies through advocacy and promoting information exchange, research, capacity building and cooperation at the regional and international level. //

The Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) : PANSA is a national network of individuals, NGO's, service providers and mainstream institutions that are engaged in the practice or support of the performing arts in South Africa (all forms of dance, music, opera, musical theatre and theatre).

Imagine Africa contributes to communication of African Arts, expressions of reasoning and creative industries. //

ART MOVES AFRICA is a mobility fund for artists and cultural operators within the African continent which aims to facilitate cultural and artistic exchanges within Africa. Art Moves Africa offers travel funds to artists, arts professionals and cultural operators living and working in Africa to travel within the African continent in order to engage in the exchange of information, the enhancement of skills, the development of informal networks and the pursuit of cooperation. //

ArtAction: a Foundation established by the Singapore based investment group "Orient Global", accepts on a permanent basis applications to support arts projects in developing countries. All arts and culture domains are covered and the financial support can range between 30.000 - 100.000 US$. Link: //

The Commonwealth Foundation: The Foundation's responsive grants enable people from developing Commonwealth countries to participate in activities involving international or intercultural exchange, such as: short training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, cultural festivals, exchanges and study visits in other Commonwealth countries. In particular, the Foundation targets activities that strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations and that relate to the Foundation's mission and programme areas. //

Online resources 

Brainbank - A talent exchange programme linked into the broader community exchange network (South African and international) which allows you to swap skills without using hard currency. See //

Arts in Africa: The idea of the Arts in Africa website was born in 2007 at the Arterial Conference on revitalizing African Cultural assets held in Goree Island in Senegal. One of the resolutions made at the conference was the need to create a repository of information, resources and material on African arts and culture. Accordingly, the Arterial Network, with the support of the European Union and HIVOS decided to produce, host and maintain a comprehensive and up-to-date website on African arts, culture, heritage and the creative industries. The objective of this website is to be a one stop portal for information about the arts in Africa listed by country as well as discipline. It includes information on UNESCO branches, Funding Agencies, E-newsletters, Cultural Policy, Creative Industries, Events, Conferences, Training Institutions and civil society organisations among others. //

MASKWORX: Home of the Multimask System since 2004, Maskworx is a "one-stop-shop" for Anyone who wants to make an articulate mask - a vivid mask that speaks volumes visually!! It is perfect for use in primary and secondary schools, colleges, museums and art galleries, youth theatres, hospitals and by performing & healing arts practitioners, and artists. Sign up for their newsletter or explore their website:


Donald Woodburn is a South African author of children�s books and a voice trainer. Find tips on voice, information about his work and his books at: //

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