Up Next

A series of masterclasses for the next generation of emerging theatre makers in Melbourne's West.

This Spring, Western Edge Youth Arts presents a unique opportunity for young people, 18 to 25, from Melbourne’s western suburbs to participate in weekly masterclasses with some of the city’s most exciting and inspiring theatre makers.

Learn from the masters in their craft how to choreograph a fight on stage, sharpen your acting skills, find your inner clown, write for group devised performances, make art in a public space, adapt and deconstruct the classics, find your own way through autobiographical storytelling and a whole lot more.

Saturdays | 2pm - 5pm

FREE | Limited places available, you must register to secure your spot.

Current Up Next

  • Queering the Stage with Stephen Nicolazzo

    Plot twist! Join Stephen Nicolazzo, theatre director and founder of Little Ones Theatre for an afternoon of reliving the classics through a queer lens.

    Stephen Nicolazzo is a theatre director and founder of Little Ones Theatre, a queer indie company based in Melbourne. He is a Green Room Award winner for Best Direction and his works have been nominated for a total of 26 Green Room Awards since 2012. Stephen was also the recipient of the Besen Family Artist Program award with Malthouse Theatre and in 2015 he received a PlayKing funding award to work in Singapore with Wild Rice Theatre Company.

    When: 20 October 2018 

    Time: 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: Deluxe Room, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris Street Yarraville

    REGISTER HERE!

  • Spoken Word Poetry with Sista Zai Zanda

    From Page To Stage: a spoken word poetry masterclass

    What is spoken word? We begin with a brief his/hers/their story of this performance poetry form and its potential in theatre. Then, using Found Writing principles, each masterclass participant will write a spoken word poem. Finally, we take each poem from to stage, learning and applying performance techniques through a collaborative and supportive process.

    Sista Zai Zanda is a storyteller, educator and curator of the Pan African Poets Cafe – a pop up matinee of poetry, beats and performance that is the home of new, cutting edge and classic African literature.

    When: 27 October 2018

    Time: 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: Deluxe Room, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris Street Yarraville

    REGISTER HERE!

  • Cancelled – Adapting Classic Texts with Dave Kelman

    Devised works often suffer from poor narrative structures. Using classic texts avoids this problem. Learn to make the works of Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, folk stories, myths and even the works of Brecht, completely contemporary to address the times we live in.

    Dave Kelman has worked for the last thirty years as a director, writer, researcher and drama educator in Melbourne and Leeds UK. He has directed critically acclaimed works at the Malthouse, led artists residencies in schools and is a lecturer in arts education.

  • Writing for a Devised Process with Morgan Rose

    Delve into ways of devising text on the floor, and be led through a series of storytelling, improvisation, and dramaturgical exercises, culminating in the creation and performance of short devised works with Morgan Rose.

    Morgan Rose is a playwright and performance maker originally from New Orleans in the United States who currently lives in Melbourne. She is currently the resident writer at Riot Stage, a Melbourne theatre company that devises new work with teenagers. She is co-founder of the dramaturgy initiative Lonely Company.

    When: 3 November 2018

    Time: 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: Deluxe Room, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris Street Yarraville

    REGISTER HERE!

  • Re-making Myths with Adena Jacobs

    The chance to create performances inspired by myth. Explore tools and devising techniques to generate image, design and ideas for performance.

    Adena Jacobs is a theatre and opera director known for creating radical, image driven works inspired by ancient and classical myth. Adena is the Artistic Director of independent company Fraught Outfit. Her work has been presented across Australia, at Melbourne Festival, Dark Mofo, Carriageworks, Belvoir, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company (NEON), Theatre Works and La Mama.

    When: 10 November 2018

    Time: 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: Auditorium, Phoenix Youth Hub, 72 Buckley St, Footscray

    REGISTER HERE!

  • Food and Performance with Krystalla Pearce

    Think about some of the yummiest meals you’ve had. Think about how you’ve connected with people while sharing a meal. Imagine if you could create that taste and connection between performer and audience. Join Krystalla Pearce for an afternoon of cooking up great food and theatre.

    Krystalla is an Australian theatre maker and teaching artist. She has devised theatre workshops in New Delhi, been involved in community building workshops in Indigenous Australian communities, and has completed artist residencies across New York City. She is also the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Rat King Theatre, an experimental theatre company that tells stories through words, bodies and food.

    When: 17 November 2018

    Time: 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: Deluxe Room, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris Street Yarraville

    REGISTER HERE!

  • Creative Art of Collaborative Theatre Making with Jane Miller & Beng Oh

    Learn from Jane and Beng their collaborative process as writer and director and experiences working with a regular ensemble of actors and designers. Look at a range of forms that theatre-making collaborations can take and the different ways that ideas are developed, interrogated and rendered for the stage, and apply some of the ideas discussed to your own work or via practical exercises.

    Director Beng Oh and playwright Jane Miller have been collaborating since 2010, and in 2013 they formed their theatre company:  15 Minutes from Anywhere.  Together they have produced six full length plays, a number of shorter works and undertaken a series of creative developments. Their work has been Green Room nominated and last year their production of The Yellow Wave was included on the VCE Playlist.

    When: 24 November 2018

    Time: 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: Deluxe Room, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris Street Yarraville

    REGISTER HERE!

Past Up Next

  • Stage Combat with Lyndall Grant

    Get ready to get sweaty! Stage combat is one of the most exciting and challenging forms of performance, for audience and actors alike. However many people do not realise what goes into performing fights so that they look effective, but stay safe. This workshop will take you through the basics of working with action on stage – the techniques, the principles, the story-telling – and how you use them to best effect.

    Lyndall Grant is a member of the Society of Australian Fight Directors and a certified Dramatic Combat teacher with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. She is currently the Tutor in Theatre (Stage Combat) at the Victorian College of the Arts.

    When: 1 September 2018

    Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Venue: Bunker Room, Phoenix Youth Hub, 72 Buckley Street, Footscray

    REGISTER HERE!

  • Find Your Inner Clown with Lily Fish

    Unleash your inner stupidity and learn tricks and techniques to performing hilarious physical comedy with Lily Fish. Learn the fundamentals of performing in the style ‘clown’ through games and exercises coming from the Le Coq and Gaulier traditions. Develop your ability to connect with an audience, perform without a fourth wall, uncover your unique comedic charm and learn how to act and react as part of a duo.

    Lily Fish is a performer, theatre maker, director, playwright and teaching artist. She is the founding member of queer physical comedy ensemble PO PO MO CO and a member of internationally renown physical theatre company Born in a Taxi.

    When: 8 September 2018

    Time: 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: Bluestone Church Arts Space, 8A Hyde St, Footscray

    REGISTER HERE!

  • Inclusive Facilitation with Jo Dunbar

    This creative access workshop will explore the fundamentals of thinking about inclusion and focus on re-framing your thinking on disability and diversity, and explore the fundamentals of embedding inclusion into your creative practice.

    Jo Dunbar is a choreographer, director and facilitator, with 20 years experience in the professional arts industry. Jo’s facilitator strength is enabling the learning space to be one where we learn from ourselves and each other. She has co-founded Australia’s first dance company for deaf and hearing performers, The Delta Project, performed with renowned arts companies Strange Fruit and Restless Dance theatre, taught dance and physical theatre workshops to companies both regionally and nationally. Born profoundly deaf and bi-lingual in both English and Auslan she is passionate about all things diverse, experimental and inclusive.

    When: 15 September 2018

    Time: 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: Deluxe Room, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris Street, Yarraville

    REGISTER HERE!

  • Decolonising Theatre with Candy Bowers

    A highly immersive workshop based on human to human connection; participants will develop skills of body, voice, expression, storytelling and theatre making. A truly transformative drama workshop that shifts hearts, minds and perspectives.

    “If I didn’t define myself for myself I’d be crunched into other people’s fantasies of me and eaten alive.” Audre Lorde

    Candy Bowers is an experienced speaker, writer, actor, comic, theatre maker and filmmaker. The Artistic Director of Black Honey Company, Candy has pioneered a fierce sub-genre of contemporary performance which earned her the 2018 Geoffrey Milne- Green Room Association Award for outstanding contribution to Independent Theatre. She has trained in classic patriarchal European, English and White American Theatre and traveled the country and the world seeking culturally diverse, feminist practices and intersectional points of view. Her practice, observation and immersion in decolonisation has led her to develop tools and methods to approach theatre.

    When: 22 September 2018

    Time: 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: Deluxe Room, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris Street Yarraville

    REGISTER HERE!

  • Physical Theatre with Katrina Cornwell

    Let loose! Draw from the theatre practices of The Viewpoints and Frantic Assembly to explore the expressive potential of the body. Work collaboratively with Katrina Cornwell through an improvisational language that can be applied to devising and directing theatre.

    Katrina Cornwell is a director, performance maker and actor who has performed extensively in physical/ visual theatre, collaborating with companies such as Zen Zen Zo, The Danger Ensemble and Red Moon Rising.

    When: 29 September 2018

    Time: 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: Womens Circus, 395 Gordon St & Barkly St, Footscray VIC 3011

    REGISTER HERE!

  • Autobiographical Storytelling with Jamie Lewis

    Love telling stories? Join Jamie to explore experimental and contemporary intercultural work through autobiographical stories, conversation and delicious food.

    Jamie is a performer, facilitator, dramaturg, and co-creator; curiously exploring place and new vantage points with Dan Koop, she creates and curates site-responsive performances that engage audiences to become participants.

    When: 6 October 2018

    Time: 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: Deluxe Room, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris Street, Yarraville

    REGISTER HERE!

  • Making Art in Public Spaces with Dan Koop

    A collaborative, hands-on workshop led by artist, producer and facilitator Dan Koop. Explore art made in and for public spaces and be equipped with new skills, perspectives and networks to enable the creation interactive and participatory public art.

    Dan Koop is an artist, producer and facilitator working in public and unusual spaces. Creatively, he makes performance works in unexpected and public spaces that engage audiences to become participants. Professionally, he has worked for contemporary multi art form venues and festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and London. 

    When: 13 October 2018

    Time: 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: Deluxe Room, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris Street Yarraville

    REGISTER HERE!