In-School Residencies

Western Edge delivers at least three extended school residencies each year. Residencies run for around 20 weeks, have a high quality performance outcome and are built on a sophisticated pedagogic process and collaboration with teachers and young people.

For more about our unique education programs, please also see our In- Schools page.

To talk to us about a residency in your school, please contact us. 


Whittington Primary School - 3rd year of residency

In our third in-school residency at Whittington Primary School, we're working with 170 primary students from Prep to Year 6. The project adapts folk stories from a wide variety of cultures, and aims to help students develop oral language, literacy, team work and build confidence. The project will end in two community performances in August this year.

Victoria University Secondary College - 3rd year of residency

In our third year working with Victoria University Secondary College, we are tackling one of Shakespeare’s most ambitious tragedies, King Lear, with our largest VU ensemble yet. Our adaptation considers the complex relationship between leaders and their community, as we imagine a New Utopia where young people have found a way to live sustainably, free from the bigotry and greed of the existing adult leaders. Or have they?

Manor Lakes P12 College - 1st year of residency

The Manor Lakes after-school program focuses on the witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, while exploring a dystopian future through dance, physical theatre and film. There are thirty participants from Years 7  to 10 and the project will culminate in a performance in September.


North Geelong Secondary College - 3rd year of residency

Building on last year's Romeo and Juliet of Corio project, this twenty week residency engages twenty EAL VCAL students from many different cultural backgrounds in a radical re-working of Shakespeare’s Macbeth used as a vehicle for exploring contemporary Australian society. This project will culminate in a community performance at the school in September.


Whittington Primary School - 2nd year of residency

This is a residency for 150 primary school students from Prep to Year 6 at Whittington Primary School. The project will adapt stories from the Arabian Nights to teach oral language, literacy and humanities and to create a huge community performance event scheduled for August. See details of the 2016 student show, Adventures in Ancient Greece.

Victoria University Secondary College - 2nd year of residency

WEYA returns to VUSC to deliver a series of high class workshops on Shakespeare’s Othello that will engage every student in Year 10. We will also run a Shakespeare based after school performance project for students in Year 8 to 12 that will culminate in a major community performance at the school in September. How will WEYA follow up our extraordinary 2016 Samoan language Hamlet? Watch this space.


Past In-School Residencies

  • Past School Residencies

    Over the past 20 years, Western Edge Youth Arts has had residency programmes in many schools, mostly in Melbourne’s inner west. Some of the schools we have worked in over the last decade include:

    Athol Road Primary School: 2012

    Beechworth Secondary College: 2011

    Debney Meadows Primary School: 2007, 2011-2013

    Debney Park Secondary College: 2007-2011

    Footscray Secondary College: 2009-2014

    Hume Central Secondary College: 2013

    Kensington Community School: 2007, 2011

    Kensington Primary school: 2008-2010

    Marion College: 2008

    Mt Alexander Secondary College: 2011-2014

    North Geelong Secondary College: 2014-2017

    Sandringham Secondary College: 2013

    Staughton Secondary College: 2008

    Tate Street Primary School: 2009-2015

    Travencor School: 2008

    Victoria University Secondary Collage: 2016-2017

    Victoria University Tafe: 2008

    Whittington Primary School: 2015-2017