Our Story

Since 2006 Poetry In Action’s humble Sydney origins, founders Hazem Shammas and Bryce Youngman have spearheaded PIA’s staggering growth into one of Australia’s premier touring theatre companies.

OUR VISION

TO BE AN EXPRESSIVE AND ARTICULATE AUSTRALIAN VOICE IN THE WORLD

OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION IS TO UNLOCK THE POWER OF WORDS FOR EVERYONE

WHO WE ARE

Yearly collaborations with some of Australia’s most renowned creatives have resulted in the transformation of poetry and literature into dozens of fun, engaging and exciting theatrical experiences for young audiences across Australia and internationally.

Closer to home, the PIA team has been delivering an intensive literacy program to Indigenous students in the remote Lilla region of Central Australia, with these young people now discovering the joys of the written and spoken word towards becoming articulate and expressive Australians.

MAIN STAGE &
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

PIA is also nurturing new audiences through active collaborations with leading theatre companies to bring exciting performances to the main stage.

Even the corporate world is succumbing to our passion for poetry, with our Dare to Perform corporate program set to take Sydney by storm.

Join the Journey

Our successes, an enthusiastic audience demand and our commitment to providing accessible low-cost, inclusive, and high quality programs has only been made possible through invaluable philanthropic support from donors, grant funding and people just like you.

Our History

OUR EVER EXPANDING POETRY REACH

2010

We started in the ACT and close regional NSW

2011

Expanded to Melbourne and Brisbane, regional and remote NSW

2012

Expanded to regional Victoria and Adelaide

2013

We made it over to Perth!

2014

Expanded to regional SA and regional WA

2015

Started performing in Tasmania

2016

Brought the power of words to the Northern Territory

2017

Overseas expansion to New Zealand

2018

Exploring New Lands in Hong Kong and Macau

2019

Setting our sights on expanding into Dubai

2020

Successfully navigated the COVID-19 pandemic through digital and interactive media

2021

Continued to thrive in changing circumstances


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Poetry On Your Screen

Can’t wait to get in on the action? Poetry In Action is now offering digital shows that you can access from home. Click below to find out more.

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