Up Next Masterclass

Up Next Masterclasses are part of WEYA’s professional development program, providing free and open-access spaces for artists in Melbourne’s west to come together to sharpen their skills and strengthen their networks, ready to take the next step in their professional practice.  

Each year, we run a series of ten masterclasses delivered by some of Australia’s most innovative and inspiring artists. In 2021, our masterclasses are all about knowing your worth. You’ll have the opportunity to explore ways to tell your own stories safely, navigating intimacy on screen and stage, developing a wellbeing practice, cultural safety in creative settingshow to conceive, plan and pitch your project in local, national and international context, and how to navigate arts spaces while maintaining your integrity and autonomy as an artist.  

The masterclasses are free and open to anyone aged 18 to 30. Places are limited due to COVID capacity, so be sure to book your tickets here. 

Proudly supported by The Bowery Theatre and Brimbank City Council, with funding from Maribyrnong City Council, Sidney Myer Foundation and organisational funding from the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria. 

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Current Up Next Masterclass

  • Navigating Arts Spaces with Carly Findlay

     

    Carly Findlay OAM is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. Her first book, a memoir called Say Hello, was released in January 2019. Carly edited  the anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia with Black Inc Books. It’s in stores now. She writes on disability and appearance diversity issues for news outlets including the ABC, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and SBS. 

    In 2020, Carly Findlay received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her work as a disability advocate and activist. She was named one of Australia’s most influential women in the 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She has appeared on ABC TV’s You Can’t Ask That and Cyberhate with Tara Moss, and has been a regular on various ABC radio programs. She has spoken at the Melbourne Writers Festival, the University of Western England and Melbourne University – to name a few. She organised the history-making Access to Fashion – a Melbourne Fashion Week event featuring disabled models. She has a Masters of Communication and Bachelor of eCommerce. Carly identifies as a proud disabled woman – she lives with a rare, severe skin condition, ichthyosis. She organised Australia’s first Ichthyosis meet in 2015 – bringing together 75 people affected by the rare, severe skin condition Ichthyosis. 25 attendees had Ichthyosis. Friendships and support networks were formed.


    When: TBC

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: The Tin Shed, 33 Princess Street St Albans. Meet in the STACC foyer.

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  • There is no Art without Heart with Tony Birch

    There is no Art without Heart: writing from the body, with memory, with family and love.

     

    Tony Birch is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Discontent. He has published three novels; The White GirlGhost River and Blood. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s DayThe Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature. In 2021 he will release two new books, a poetry book, Whisper Songs and a new short story collection, Dark As Last Night. His website is: tony-birch.com

     

    When: TBC

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: Tin Shed, 33 Princess Street, St Albans. Meet in the STACC foyer.

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  • Creative Fire with Andrea James

    Take a look at Andrea’s twenty-something theatre career as she reflects on the highs of lows of making new Blak theatre works and collaborations as a Yorta Yorta/Gunaikurnai woman currently living and working on Gadigal and Darkinjung land in NSW and the Central Coast.  Andrea will deliver some exercises and provocations to assist you to look into and beyond and around and beside your own creative fire.

     

    Andrea Jamesis a Yorta Yorta/Gunaikurnai woman and a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts.  She was Artistic Director of Melbourne Workers Theatre 2001-2008 where she is best known for her play YanagaiYanagai!  She co- wrote Coranderrk with Giordano Nanni for LaMama and Ilbijerri, Bright World with Elise Hearst for Arthur Productions and wrote Blacktown Angels for Home Country for Urban Theatre Projects at the Sydney Festival, Bukal for JUTE Theatre and Winyanboga Yurringafor Moogahlin Performing Artremounted at Belvoir in May 2019. She has produced for Carriageworks, Blacktown Arts Centre and Urban Theatre Projects. Her newest play, Sunshine Super Girl: The Evonne Goolagong Story premiered in Griffith in October 2020 and Sydney Festival in 2021. She is a writer-in-residence at Melbourne Theatre Company and is currently Artistic Associate at Griffin where her play Dogged, written with Cath Ryan, premiered in May 2021. 

     

    When: Thursday 29 July 2021

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: Online. Please register to receive the Zoom link.

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  • The Artist as Producer with Naomi Velaphi

    Working as an artist isn’t just about making work – it’s important to understand the arts as an industry and to understand this ecosystem alongside your creative practice. Producer, curator and programmer Naomi Velaphi is an expert on both, having worked as a producer both independently and for well-established art organisations. In this masterclass, Naomi will deliver a crash course on becoming a slashie – an artist/producer. With a focus on market development and understanding the local arts landscape, including how to identify and connect with collaborators, venues, and funders to support your work, this masterclass is a must for any artist wanting to move into producing to support their own work or the work of others in the community.

     

    Naomi is an arts producer born on Whadjuk Noongar country, residing in Naarm (Melbourne). She strives to nurture artists’ work and practices exploring alternative narratives, radical thought and deep connection. Centered on producing the work of contemporary, diverse and interdisciplinary artists her experience spans working for and amongst galleries, festivals and performance spaces. She is currently the Program Producer for the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM). She has held producing roles for a number of arts institutions including Arts Centre Melbourne, Arts House, The Abbotsford Convent and Koorie Heritage Trust. Through her independent practice she aims to unearth honest and generous collaborations between artists, producers, curators and presenters and create pathways for new work creation. Her curatorial interests are derived through her experiences as a woman of African and Asian identities and the communities she represents. She holds a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne, is a part of the Australia Council Arts Leadership Program and sits on the board of leading sound organisation Liquid Architecture. 

     

    When: Thursday 05 August 2021

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: Flexi Room 3, The Bowery Theatre, 33 Princess Street St Albans.

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  • An Artist’s Manifesto with Kamarra Bell-Wykes

    Kamarra Bell-Wykes will facilitate a session of self-interrogation to articulate personal value, artistic mission, skill set and life experience and how to best utilise these unique powers to become the most valuable version of you.

     

    Kamarra Bell-Wykes (Yagera and Butchulla) is a playwright, director, dramaturge, devisor, facilitator, performer, creative producer, program curator, community developer and education consultant. Kamarra’s transformative First Nation’s practice is highly sought after across the performing arts, community, health, education and justice sectors. After serving five years with ILBIJERRI as their Education and Learning Manager and later Creative Director Kamarra has been freelancing since 2018. Throughout 2020/21 Kamarra is working in a range of capacities with Malthouse, ILBIJERRI, ACM, Melbourne Fringe, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Hot House and STCSA. Her works include Because The Night (Malthouse), Dear Australia (PWA), Scar Trees, Viral, Tiny Plays for Australia (ACM), North West of Nowhere, Body Armour, Chopped Liver, Shrunken Iris (ILBIJERRI), Crying Shame (Next Wave), Mother’s Tongue (Yirra Yaakin) and has received awards in recognition of her theatre practice from Hepatitis Victoria, Drama Australia, ACCELERATE and The Greenroom. In 2012 Kamarra graduated with Honours with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (BIITE/CDU) and has conducted various research publication into theatre, education and community practice with Melbourne University, Monash University, and VCA

     

    When: Thursday 12th August

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: Flexi Room 3, The Bowery Theatre, 33 Princess Street St Albans.

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Past Up Next Masterclass

  • Authentic Artist Integrity with Joel Bray, Emily Havea and Zindzi Okenyo

    Join Joel Bray, Emily Havea, and Zindzi Okenyo as they discuss their journeys as artists in Australia. From the challenges to the triumphs, Joel, Emily, and Zindzi will unpack how they navigate the industry to achieve their creative visions and artistic goals while maintaining their autonomy and integrity. This will be a facilitated discussion with an opportunity to ask questions, so bring your curiosity and all your questions as three of Australia’s most exciting artists give us a glimpse into their practice. 

    JOEL BRAY

    Naarm-based Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri man who danced in Europe and Australia with CeDeCe, Kolben and FRESCO Dance Companies, Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor and Roy Assaf and CHUNKY MOVE. Joel’s works BiladurangDharawungara and Daddy have toured to the Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin, Midsumma, Auckland, LiveWorks and Dance Massive Festivals and Arts Centre Melbourne. Joel was the 2019 National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow, and continues this Burbang research into Wiradjuri ceremony as Chunky Move’s inaugural Choreographer-in-Residence. Joel’s works spring from his Wiradjuri heritage, are intimate encounters in unorthodox spaces, in which audience-members are invited in as co-storytellers to explore the experiences of fair-skinned Aboriginal people, and of gay men in an increasingly digital isolated world. 

    ZINDZI OKENYO

    Sydney Theatre Company: Grand Horizons, The Golden Age, Boys Will Be Boys, A History of Everything, Money Shots, Before/After, Blood Wedding, The Comedy of Errors, The Oresteia, Vs Macbeth, The Crucible, The Mysteries: Genesis, The Vertical Hour . Other Theatre: Melbourne Theatre Company: An Ideal Husband, Disgraced.  Belvoir: Prize Fighter, La Traviata, Scorched.  Griffin: Masquerade, The Girl in Tan Boots. Bell Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra. Ensemble: The Rasputin Affair, Good People State Theatre Company of  South Australia: RandomDarlinghurst: Gaybies. Theatre Ink: Angels in America. As Director: Darlinghurst Theatre: Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner (Co-Director) TV: Wakefield, Get Krack!n, Harrow, Sisters, Hiding , The Code, Wonderland, Playschool, Hoopla Doopla (Narrator). Film: Little Monsters, The Very Excellent Mr Dundee, Hidden. Other: Zindzi also performs her own music under the name OKENYO. Awards: Best Actress 2013 Adelaide Theatre Guide ‘Curtain Call’ Awards for her role as Girl in Random. Training: Zindzi graduated from NIDA in 2006.

     

    When: Thursday 01 July 2021

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: Online

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  • New Work: Seeding, staging and beyond with Nithya Nagarajan

    Have a project in mind but not sure how to get it off the ground? This 3 hour workshop is a demystification of the process I’ve learnt over a decade of working in the arts alongside having a creative practice. We will cover the fundamentals on making and sharing new work: the stages of process-conscious developments, forging lasting collaborative relationships, applying for funding, building new audiences and advocating for yourself as an artist (particularly to institutions!). While a creative process doesn’t come with a clear-cut template, the workshop will address contexts for support in the arts ecology and provide bespoke solutions for your project. Bring your burning ideas and questions, and leave with an elevator pitch. 

     

    Nithya Nagarajan (b. Kuwait) is an Indian artist-curator living and working on Gadigal lands whose practice adopts movement as a system of inquiry into the sacred, the sensual and the decolonial. Her performance work affects sensory perceptions of the witness through a collaborative process of meaning making, underpinned by a strong feminist sensibility. With a foundational training in Bharatanatyam, Nithya is interested in an expanded understanding of movement as: grammar, construct, philosophy, political conduit and chaos. 

    In her curatorial practice, Nithya collaborates with artist-activists from the subcontinent to present body-based interventions in contemporary contexts. She holds an award-winning PhD in Performance Studies and is an alumni of Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Emerging Leaders Program. Her writing has appeared in Arts Hub, Peril Magazine, LIMINAL Magazine, Audrey Journal amongst others and she has held casual teaching positions at Monash University, RMIT Art and Design and Swinburne Design Factory.

    Nithya also believes in self-organised models and forms 1/5th of an artist collective HMEWRK, a sharing economy for South Asian artists in Australia with S.Shakthidharan, Zainab Syed, Nuala Furtado and Priya Pavri.  

    Within the context of the institution, Nithya works toward inclusive frameworks that combat cultural erasure. Nithya currently serves as International Market Adviser – South and Southeast Asia at the Australia Council for the Arts and is a project consultant on the vision scoping work for Arts Centre Melbourne. She has previously worked with NIDA and served in an advisory capacity to small to medium arts organisations across the country.   

    Website: https://www.nithyanagarajan.com/ 

     

    When: Thursday 8th July

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: Online

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  • Embodied Impact with Tamica Wilder

    This workshop invites you into your fully embodied, grounded and wildly authentic self-expression. Learn how the practice of attuning to your sensations and somatic self-understanding can amplify your artistry and help you take care of yourself from the inside out. 

    Tamica Wilder is a Melbourne based youth worker, facilitator and multi-qualified therapist with a deep passion for teaching us how to reconnect with pleasure and embodiment for everyday wellbeing and self connection. Tamica’s work arms you with the tools needed to create lasting and meaningful wellbeing and self awareness practices. She aims to motivate, innovate and uplift your artistry and unique gifts in order to support your unapologetic authenticity to shine. Tamica brings over a decade of experience in group work, facilitation, counselling and youth work and guides with humour, compassion, wisdom and boldness. 

     

    When: Thursday 20 May 2021

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: Flexi Room 3, The Bowery Theatre, 33 Princess Street St Albans.

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  • Consent and Boundaries: Where do we start? with Safe Theatres Australia

    Founders of Safe Theatres Australia Eryn Jean Norvill and Sophie Ross guide a conversation about how to respectfully set up consent and boundaries so that they form the foundations of art practice. 

     

    Safe Theatres Australia

    We pay our deep respects to the First Nations people of this land. 

    We are a cultural change organisation committed to creating theatrical workspaces that are free of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination; workspaces that are safe for everyone. 

    We acknowledge that Australian theatres can be inaccessible, unwelcoming and unsafe for many. We ask – What are the institutional biases, systemic cultural issues, internalised mythologies and industry blind-spots that have landed us where we are today? And how can we shift them? 

     

    When: Thursday 10 June 2021

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: Flexi Room 3, The Bowery Theatre, 33 Princess Street St Albans.

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  • Don’t Burn Out Fam! with Lay the Mystic

    How to let your creative work introduce itself to you. A workshop, open studio and conversation on how to find your creative “happy place”, then protect it. 

    Lay the Mystic is a lyrical poet, musician and accidental matrix-maker based in Narrm. His current works are centred around intimacy, all things close being both a lens to understand societal or cultural issues, and a landscape to enact change. 

     

    When: Thursday 13 May 2021

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: 100 Story building, 92 Nicholson Street Footscray

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  • Taking the performance out of performing: a master class for stage and screen with Sancia Robinson

    One of the first things we often take out of our acting is ourselves. We are concentrating so hard on the emotions and “playing our actions” we stop being who we really are and doing what people really do. In my work Acting is always about being real, about discovering out how to be US- under different circumstances trying to get someone to understand us, do something or feel something. This workshop takes you back to the core of you simply trying to affect someone. It helps you brings back the superpower of what makes your work unique – YOU. And also makes it FUN. 

    This workshop will involve performing monologues, please download and learn the text before the workshop. 

    Sancia is a NIDA trained actor, television casting producer, writer and acting teacher. ​Her credits include lead roles for STC, Belvoir, MTC, and Malthouse along with guest appearances on TV. Sancia has also cowritten a critically acclaimed play” What is the Matter with Mary Jane?” which STC internationally to outstanding reviews. “Five Stars out of Five- Kill to get a ticket”. Sancia is also an experienced talent producer and her credits include ‘Spicks and Specks’, ‘Filthy Rich and Homeless’, ‘First Contact II”, ‘Everyone’s a Critic’, ‘Thank God You’re Here’ and ‘The Panel’ among many others. More recently Sancia has taught at 16th Street, AP Studios and NIDA Open and The National Theatre and privately teaches “The Practice”.

    When: Thursday 20 February 2020

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: Flexi Room, The Bowery Theatre, 33 Princess Street St Albans

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  • Foundation Ensemble Training with Robert (Draf) Draffin

    “There is no such thing as a small part”.  Theatre is a collaboration and connection between bodies, space, and objects.  Every moment and element, no matter how small is integral to creating Theatre’s magic.  This will be explored in this workshop.

    Draf trained Secondary school physical education teacher and footballer and found his way into Community Theatre and has since a created body of artistic work spanning 47 years. He has directed 74 theatre productions nationally and internationally, has taught acting in Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan.  Currently teaches sessionally at Victorian College of Arts and is co-artistic director of Liminal Theatre..  His work is defined by the corporeal and kinaesthetic state of liminality: the embodied creative energy held in thresholds and moments of flux.

    When: Thursday 27 February 2020

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: Flexi Room, The Bowery Theatre, 33 Princess Street St Albans

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  • Living as an Artist with Rani Pramesti

    During Pragmatic Approaches to Living as an Artist, we will do three things: dream up the big vision for a life built on your core values, share strategies on how to use your time wisely and identify tools to have a healthy relationship with money.The aim of all three elements is to build the scaffolding you need to do to more than survive as an artist, we want you to thrive as an artist!

    Rani P Collaborations inspires conversations, self-reflection and intercultural exchange through transformative storytelling experiences. As Founder of Rani P Collaborations Pty Ltd, Rani leads culturally diverse teams across Indonesia and Australia, working at the intersection of storytelling, technology and cultural exchange.

    When: Thursday 5 March 2020

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: Flexi Room, The Bowery Theatre, 33 Princess Street St Albans

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  • Free Your Voice with Matt Furlani

    An in-depth, guided exploration and refinement of all fundamental components required for dynamic, truthful speech: relaxation, breathing freedom and power, resonance, responsive and limber tongue, soft palette and jaw, open channel, pitch range, articulation and imaginative connection to text and language. The Voice and the Self are intertwined; blocks in one area will affect the other. We can experience increased freedom in both through mindful exploration and practise. Free your VOICE = free YOURSELF!

    Matt Furlani is a Voice/Dialect coach and Actor, holding a Post Grad Diploma in Voice Studies and Bachelor of Dramatic Art (VCA). Matt has worked with theatre companies including OpticNerve, North of Eight, the Artisan Collective as well as the Australian E-Sports Federation and Epic Tampa Entertainment, US. In 2016 he was a recipient of The Mike Walsh Fellowship, enabling him to travel to Scotland and work with renowned voice teacher – and author of Freeing the Natural Voice – Kristin Linklater. He regularly teaches dialect workshops at TAFTA, Melbourne Actor’s Lab and Associated Studios Aus, as well as ongoing private tuition.  He has taught Voice & Dialect at 16th St since 2017. Most recently, Matt was Dialect Coach for Red Stitch’s productions of Pomona and Ulster American and was invited to work alongside Geraldine Cook on Golden Shield and Home, I’m Darling for MTC.

    When: Thursday 12 March 2020

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: Flexi Room, The Bowery Theatre, 33 Princess Street St Albans

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  • Prompting Growth with Abdul Hammoud

    After using prompts and directions to help thousands overcome writer’s block, Abdulrahman knows a thing or two about capturing creativity by thinking outside the box. Join him to discover new thinking methods that will aid in everything from novel writing to rap sessions.

    Abdulrahman Hammoud is a spoken word artist based in Melbourne by way of Lebanon. He teaches writing workshops for organizations looking to explore new avenues of expression around the world. In 2013, he became founder of The Dirty Thirty online writing platform, a growing group for writers to challenge themselves every April. He is now also editor and compiler of The Dirty Thirty Anthology, a collection of poetry from the page he coordinates. He is also an avid purveyor of starting books but never finishing them.

    When: Thursday 30 April 2020

    Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

    Venue: Online! Register to be emailed the login details.

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