APATA – The Australian Performing Arts Teachers Association

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Posted by Team APATA | Feb 1, 2024

Welcome to the 2024 APATA National Awards!

On behalf of the Australian Performing Arts Teachers Association, I welcome teachers, schools, studios and arts industry educators to the 2024 APATA awards.  I hope you will all join with us as we mark our 5th annual APATA Awards program acknowledging YOU, the heart and foundation of our industry.

Now is the time to step back, take a moment and look at what you have achieved and will achieve by the end of the 2023 school year.

What performing arts programs made a difference in your school? Who is that teacher who’s passion and drive motivates change in your community? Which student has shown that the arts can make a difference and deserves more than a round of applause!

My theatre and dance teacher Mrs Meskell, taught me so much more than just stage craft and technique. She exemplified a life lived with passion and was a role model both on and off stage. Without her guidance, influence, and inspiration I wouldn’t have found my pathway in the arts!

It’s because of people like YOU, leading the way in schools, studios, classrooms, and theatres, that the next generation of movers, shakers, makers, and doers will find their pathway to success too.

On that note, welcome to the 2024 APATA National Awards.

Break a leg! Chookas! & Best of Luck!

Yolande Smith

Founder and Managing Director

APATA – Australian Performing Arts Teachers Association


The 2024 APATA National Awards Program is NOW CLOSED!

We welcome entries from across the scope of creative disciplines that make performing arts education the absolute best it can be across our country.

We are continually awestruck by the dedication of so many to preserve and nurture a love of the arts within our community and the APATA Awards are our way of saying THANK YOU for keeping that love alive!

From education in drama, music, dance, musical theatre, culture, circus, film and screen, and creative writers to sound and lighting, stage managers, stage craft, choreographers, circus, animators, media makers, designers and so much more. Our industry cannot evolve and grow without the foundations laid by the educators, organisations and programs that foster creativity, imagination and connection through performance and the performing arts.

Important Dates

2024 APATA Awards Program is Now Closed!
Entries Close: Midnight AEDT, 1st March 2024. (Check your time zone)
Awards Announced: Friday, 26th April 2024.
Award Presentations: Take place May – June 2024.

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The 2024 APATA Awards are for YOU!

The APATA National Awards Program shines a light on our community’s most inspirational performing arts educators and the significant role they play in the performing arts, and the wider community, celebrating achievement and contribution. APATA is a dynamic and progressive body for performing arts teachers and educators who work, practice, develop, nurture, and dedicate their life’s work building emerging artists and creatives for today and tomorrow.

Excellence across all elements of the performing arts industry is recognised, including dance, music, theatre, musical theatre, comedy, circus, and culture through to those practitioners who develop our writers, designers, producers, directors, managers, administrators, and technical production experts.

Performing arts education focus can be a combination of performing arts disciplines or a stand-alone area of specialisation.


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Celebrate with your community!

Bringing the APATA award presentations to our winners’ school, studio, event, or assembly is an integral part of highlighting the importance of performing arts education across our communities.

We are grateful to our APATA Ambassadors – industry practitioners, professionals and agencies who know exactly what it’s like to be inspired by a teacher, and truly understand the role of the performing arts in today’s society. APATA Ambassadors bring industry and education together, taking part in our Award presentations wherever they may be.

The 2024 APATA National Awards Program – NOW OPEN.






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