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We're a theatre and film ensemble that runs classes for creative kids aged 4+ in Adelaide, South Australia.

True North Youth Theatre Ensemble is one of South Australia's leading youth theatre organisations.

We engage young people in every aspect of the artistic and creative process. We act, play, write, compose, sing and dance. We create films, web series and theatre performances with young people aged 4 to 24 in Adelaide, South Australia.

We run workshops that teach theatre performance, technical skills and stage award winning live productions that have toured locally and internationally.

We were established in 2013 by Producer Juliette Zavarce and Theatre Maker, Actor and Director Alirio Zavarce.

A group of high school students on a stage singing and performing with big gestures

We produce theatre of high quality that speaks about the experiences of young people.

Our professional artists mentor, teach and co-create with young people using community cultural development and social inclusion principles.

2 actors star into a projector which shows a mother and 2 children on a screen behind themin A Sense Of Home on stage

We use every medium, technique, space and technology.

We act, write, compose, film, dream, play, brainstorm and develop skills, sense of community and belonging in a safe space.

Children dance on stage in front of a projected alley way set

We create oportunities where there are none.

We believe in making a difference in the community, so we use theatre as vehicle for social change. We make work that is relevant locally, but resonates globally. Ultimately, we develop pathways for young people to become leaders, tutors, artists and humans.


True North Youth Theatre Ensemble is led by a team of award winning industry professionals.

Alirio Zavarce
Alirio Zavarce
Artistic Director
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Juliette Zavarce
Juliette Zavarce
Creative Producer
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We are supported by:

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
Visit www.dss.gov.au for more information.
Playford CFC programs are funded by the Department of Social Services.

Awards & Festival Selections

Adelaide Fringe Awards


Peace Foundation Award

The Adelaide Critics Circle


Independent Arts Foundation Award for Innovation

The Australian


Best Theatre

The Ruby Awards


Peoples Choice

The Ruby Awards


Outstanding Contribution Peoples Choice Award

World Festival of Children’s Theatre Stratford Canada




Here's what other people say about our performances

"Beautifully raw, brave, captivating and honest,. Opens doors on misconceptions and shines a light on the faces behind them. A rich, poignant experience."

Radio Adelaide

"Kelly and Alirio bring a wealth of experience in both disability and the arts."

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Tracey Korsten

"These 9 diverse, creative people have not only opened our eyes they are also making us take a very hard look at ourselves."

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Murray Bramwell
Theatre Reviewer

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