WORKSHOPS | REGIONAL ENGAGEMENTS | TEACHING
At the forefront of my artistic practice is the belief that nurturing and encouraging creativity in our younger generations plays a fundamental part in bettering their individual futures, as well as the communities they are a part of.
The Crucible and Year of Wonders Victorian Tour, with Complete Works Theatre Company, in VIC
MAY 2018 - AUGUST 2018, 2017, 2016
Over three consecutive years I worked with Complete Works Theatre Company, performing as Abigail in their Victorian tour of The Crucible.
The performance was aimed at VCE students. During the show, scenes from The Crucible were compared and contrasted with passages from the novel, Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. The performance aimed to gift students a deeper understanding of the ideas, issues and themes of both texts and hoped to spark exciting conversation during post show Q & As.
Encounter, with Art Is...Festival, Horsham, VIC
MAY 2018 - JUNE 2018, 2017
For two years I took part in The Encounter Program. It invited practicing artists from Horsham's surrounding area and Melbourne, into local schools to provide hands on arts workshops. I delivered a series of theatre making workshops to multiple school groups.
These workshops had a particular emphasis towards the themes of the festivals featured children’s show and culminated in a showing at Horsham's Town Hall. Here, each of my school groups presented an original piece of devised theatre, which we made together.
This project aimed to gift students with new skills, a deeper connection and understanding of the arts and the chance to claim the new Horsham Town Hall stage as their own!
Shadow Tricks, with Polyglot Theatre for Regional Arts Victoria, in Kerang and Cohuna, VIC
During my first tour with Polyglot Theatre, I worked with multiple kindergarten groups exploring shadow play using cloth, paper and an overhead projector. These 60 minute sessions focused on story telling through shadow and projection, to give participants an understanding of shadows, how they are made and what “tricks” you can play on an audience when using them.
First of the Ladder, with Polyglot Theatre and Beyond Empathy, in partnership with Rumbalara Football and Netball Club in Shepparton
JULY 2017 - JULY 2018
This project centred around young people from two Indigenous sports clubs – celebrating their culture and achievements through a range of creative experiences. I was part of a team that delivered creative play workshops for the communities younger children; harnessing their creativity through drawing activities, developing characters and storylines, and constructing sets, costumes, and parades of strange and wonderful creatures.
Making it Reel Workshop Series, with the VCA Film and Television School
FEBRUARY 2017 - MARCH 2017
These workshops were for Year 10, 11 and 12 students studying Media. The workshops explored storytelling through the body and how best to work with actors on screen.
They aimed to encourage a more diverse group of young people to consider studying filmmaking, so the future of Australian film and Television is more diverse too.
Gymkhana at The Lost Lands Festival, Melbourne
This three day festival invited families to camp at the Werribee Mansion and experience live music and performance together.
Myself and two others ran hour long Gymkana’s multiple times a day, each day of the festival. This involved live performance and running various games and exercises to entertain large groups of children.
Access All Areas, a series of school workshops and performances at the Horsham Town Hall, Victoria
Jillian Pierce (Horsham’s Cultural Development Officer) welcomed me to their newly renovated Town Hall, to generate and perform an interactive theatrical experience for the children of Horsham.
“Access All Areas” was a creative initiative that aimed to give Horsham’s younger generations ownership over this new creative space and to open their eyes to the different modes of creativity available to them.
The performance took part in the Halls', Auditorium, Old Town Hall and Gallery space. Each of these spaces was activated by a larger than life character, who invited groups to take part in creative games and workshops catered to the room they were in.
This piece was performed by myself, Scott Leek and Hamish Irvine.