The word, ASSITEJ, is an abbreviation for the French name (Association Internationale du Théâtre pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse), which means the International Association of Theater for Children and Young People. ASSITEJ was established, in 1965, to promote international exchange of knowledge and practice in theatre in order to increase creative co-operation and to deepen mutual understanding between all persons involved in the performing arts for young audiences.

ASSITEJ Saudi Arabia, one out of more than 83 centers all over the world, was established in 2010 after nominating Mr. Hussain Al-Abdulmohsen to be the president of its center in Saudi Arabia. When Saudi Theaters Company was established, the center became part of the social responsibilities department of the company. The center has organized workshops and seminars in the theater field for four years. It also has organized a number of journeys for theater groups to participate in international festivals, including journeys to Wales (UK), Hurghada (Egypt), and Warsaw (Poland).

ASSITEJ proposes to unite theatres, organizations and individuals throughout the world dedicated to theatre for children and young people.

ASSITEJ is dedicated to artistic, cultural political and educational efforts and no decision, action or statement of the Association shall be based on nationality, political conviction, cultural identity, ethnicity, or religion.

ASSITEJ promotes international exchange of knowledge and practice in theatre in order to increase creative co-operation and to deepen mutual understanding between all persons involved in the performing arts for young audiences.