ASSITEJ unites theatres, organisations and individuals throughout the world who make theatre for children and young people. ASSITEJ is dedicated to the artistic, cultural and educational rights of children and young people across the globe and advocates on behalf of all children regardless of nationality, cultural identity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion. ASSITEJ brings people together so that they can share knowledge and practice within the field of theatre for children and young people in order to deepen understandings, develop practice, create new opportunities and strengthen the global sector. The members of ASSITEJ are national centres, professional networks, and individuals from around 100 countries across the world.
Currently there are national centers in more than 83 countries on six continents. Every country has its own National Centre and its own delegation, who have the right to vote in the World Congress that is organized every four years.
The mission of the national center of ASSITEJ in The Netherlands, ASSITEJ NL, is to promote Dutch professional Performing Arts for Young Audiences (TYA) across cultural and international boundaries, to promote international exchange of knowledge and practice in Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) in order to increase creative co-operation and to deepen mutual understanding between all persons involved in the performing arts for young audiences.