Up Next Masterclass

Western Edge Youth Arts proudly presents a second series of masterclasses for the next generation of emerging artists in Melbourne’s west.

Up Next: The Change Makers is an action-packed week of creative workshops delivered by some of the city’s most innovative and inspiring artists who will help you bring the big issues of the world to the core of your arts practice.

Workshops are free and open to anyone from the West aged 16 to 25.

Come and learn how to create work that is inclusive, political, revolutionary, gutsy and ahead of the game.

The cultural leaders of tomorrow start here.

Free
Registrations close 6 April
Limited spaces available

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Current Up Next Masterclass

  • Culture and Comedy | Shiralee Hood

    Our 2019 masterclass series begins with an opportunity to learn about the oldest traditions of our First Nations storytellers through the contemporary comedic practices of indigenous artist, Shiralee Hood. Shiralee will take us through the rich and vibrant history of Original Australia and show us how humour has not only been a form of self-expression but also a survival mechanism for many years. 

    The workshop is an invitation to know first-hand where we are living and working, acknowledge the ground breaking work of our First Nations artists past and present, and be inspired to continue telling our own stories on the land we all now call home.

    Shiralee Hood is Australia’s premiere indigenous female comedian, writer, director and cultural education practitioner. Shiralee has blown away audiences throughout Australia with hilarious stories and an outrageously funny take on life. Her recent awards include: Melbourne International Comedy Festival “Deadly Funny” 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2014, Deadly Awards (Sydney Opera House) – 2013, Canberra Comedy Festival Gala – 2013, Canberra Comedy Festival “All Fired Up” (solo show) – 2013.

    When: Monday, 8 April 2019

    Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Venue: Film Studio, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris St, Yarraville

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  • Cultural Responses to Environmental Violence | Angharad Wynne-Jones

    The workshop will include an overview of cultural responses to climate violence that Angharad has been involved with over the last decade, followed by a sharing of experiences of cultural responses you have been involved with. Then we will collaborate in a planning session on what cultural projects we might do next to move closer to creating a just and sustainable future. And take the first step.

    Angharad Wynne-Jones is currently Head of Creative Engagement at Arts Centre Melbourne and is founder director of Tipping Point Australia – a voluntary network energising the cultural responses to climate change.

    When: Monday,8 April 2019

    Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Venue: Film Studio, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris Street, Yarraville

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  • Self Love as Cultural Revolution | Tariro Mavondo

    Tariro will be using an interdisciplinary approach working with sound, text and movement and will also share different theatre techniques and exercises from a diverse range of forms that activate and engage the body and voice.

    This is a somatic inquiry exploring how to be a dynamic performer through investigating the relationship with words, body and one’s own essence in a safe and playful space. Tariro sees art and creativity as an act of self love and self love as a culturally revolutionary act. In a world that doesn’t seem to prioritise or value self interrogation and investigation to deepen one’s understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things that make up the world and our place in it, Tariro is interested in creating and facilitating spaces that allow people to explore these themes artistically.

    Bring along a couple written poems or monologues that speak to something alive in you and try to be familiar with the piece(s). During the masterclass you will be working in groups and solos which will culminate into a showing to one another towards the end of the workshop.

    Tariro is a multi-disciplinary artist and performer, currently in Dance Nation (Red Stitch). She has worked as a voice over artist and is also an awarding winning spoken word artist. Her piece ‘The Dangers of a Single Story’ will be part of an anthology ‘Growing Up African in Australia’. Tariro is also the founder of Africa’s Got Talent Australia and a Co-Founder of Centre of Poetics and Justice.

    When: Tuesday, 9 April 2019

    Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Venue: Film Studio, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris St, Yarraville

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  • Queer Perspectives in Performance | Emma Valente

    What makes a performance work queer? What are queer aesthetics? How can performance engage with gender and sexuality? What are some queer methodologies and processes for making work? In this workshop participants will be introduced to queer theories, dramaturgy and perspectives through practical examples and workshop techniques.

    Emma is a theatre polymath, Co Artistic Director of THE RABBLE and occasional trouble maker. She has worked as a director, dramaturg, sound designer, lighting designer and video designer for many companies across Australia.

    When: Tuesday, 9 April 2019

    Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Venue: Film Studio, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris St, Yarraville

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  • Speak your Dance: Gurri Wanggadja Nhinggu | Jacob Boehme

    Our bodies carry ancestral experiences and stories deep in our DNA, influencing how we navigate the world around us. Gurri Wanggadja Nhinggu is a movement workshop which explores the use of memory, language and story in the creation of choreography and dance.

    Jacob Boehme will guide participants through a series of choreographic and composition techniques,  and equip them with the practical skills and tools needed for the creation of movement and choreography.

    Founding Director of Yirramboi Festival, Jacob Boehme has a 20-year history working in the Cultural Maintenance, Research and Revival of traditional dance with Elders and youth from urban to remote communities. Jacob combines dance, puppetry and playwriting to create multi-disciplinary theatre, dance and ceremony for stage, screen, large-scale public events and festivals.

    When: 10 April 2019

    Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Venue: Film Studio, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris St, Yarraville

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  • Technology in Live Performance | Jolyon James

    Technology has cemented itself in our culture as a fundamental way in which we communicate with each other. It is so pervasive, that at times we may not even be aware of its effects. For me, primarily working in the theatre for young people sector, understanding the use of this technology has become a large part of my practice.

    In this workshop I plan to use the new ADOBE Character Animator application to create a live 2D animation that can be performed by the group. I would also like to explore the use of smart phones to create drama and tension in a scene and what happens when a conversation that is intended only to be intimate and private becomes projected large and publicly into a theatrical space.

    Jolyon James is a visual artist, theatre maker, writer and photographer. He has written directed and designed numerous live shows that have toured both nationally and internationally, most recently, Robot Song [currently on national tour]; Cautionary Tales for Children starring Virginia Gay [Sydney Opera House 2017]  and Trapper which he co-created with Christian Leavesley [Sydney opera house and Arts Centre Melbourne 2017/2018]. He has also created music video clips for artists such as Kate Ceberano and was a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

    When: Wednesday, 10 April 2019

    Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Venue: Film Studio, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris St, Yarraville

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  • Song and Story | Sarah Ward

    In this 3 hour intensive workshop you will write your own song and a group song. 
    We will investigate the power of story-telling through song; whether that be rap, soul, folk, pop, rock, electronic or performance art. 
    We will look at how the words of a song can disrupt, activate and inspire change and be a powerful tool for activism, self-healing and connection. 

    Sarah Ward is an experienced songwriter, teacher, actor and cabaret artist. She has received the Helpmann Award, nine Green Room Awards and three Fringe Awards for Best Cabaret Artist and Production. She is currently touring nationally and Internationally with her cabaret creations Yana Alana and Queen Kong. She teaches singing part-time at Footscray City Primary School and runs songwriting workshops with ECHO Collective, Polyglot Theatre and Womens Circus. She is passionate about the power of songwriting for healing, development and self-confidence.

    When: Thursday, 11 April 2019

    Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Venue: Film Studio, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris St, Yarraville

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  • Practical Inclusive Theatre Practice | Ingrid Voorendt and Tom Middleditch

    This practical workshop will reflect Tom and Ingrid’s different perspectives on inclusive practice. Working in different ways and bringing different skills, together they will demonstrate how they collaborate through conversational, experimental and fun techniques to create a safe, creative and inspiring room to play in

    Ingrid is a performance maker and director with a background in dance and community engagement. She is currently an Artistic Associate at Back to Back Theatre.

    Tom is a writer, director, philosopher, neurodiversity advocate and relaxed performance consultant. He is the Artistic Director of A_tistic, and the Inclusion Coordinator at St Martins Youth Arts Centre.

    When: Thursday, 11 April 2019

    Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Venue: Film Studio, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris St, Yarraville

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  • Pragmatic Approaches to Living as an Artist | 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: Friday, 12 April 2019

    Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

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  • Making Work with Guts | Susie Dee & Patricia Cornelius

    Dee & Cornelius will conduct a masterclass focused on collaboration and the making of bold theatrical work. Patricia will share her writing process, and Susie will talk directing techniques. Together they will share their 30-year history about the making of various works over that period.

    Susie has worked extensively in theatre as a performer, devisor and director in Australia and overseas for the past 30 years. Susie has been nominated and won numerous awards, and has been the Artistic Director of three theatre companies: (MWT) Melbourne Workers Theatre, (UHT) Union House Theatre and (ICE) Institute Of Complex Entertainment.

    Patricia is an award winning playwright and novelist. She is a founding member of Melbourne Workers Theatre and works predominantly within the independent sector.

    When: Friday, 12 April 2019

    Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

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Past Up Next Masterclass

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.