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.
If you're interested in a residency in your school, please send us an expression of interest.
Victoria University Secondary College - 4th year of residency
In our fourth year working with Victoria University Secondary College, we will be stepping away from Shakespeare to create a new original production that will consider cultures, friendships and what it means to be a young person living in St Albans. The ensemble will perform their new work in September.
Manor Lakes P12 College - 2nd year of residency
The Manor Lakes after-school program will feature dance, physical theatre and film. Students will meet weekly to devise and create a play that will be performed in September.
Northern Bay College - 1st year of residency
The Northern Bay after-school program will consist of creative improvisations, games, dance, physical theatre and film. The project will culminate in a performance in September.
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.
Past In-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: 2016-2018
Victoria University Tafe: 2008
Whittington Primary School: 2015-2018