Up Next Masterclass

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

Up Next: Skill Seekers is series of skills-based training workshops delivered by some of the city’s most innovative and inspiring artists who will help you develop key skills in performance, design, and building a sustainable career as an artist.

Workshops are free and open to anyone from the West aged 16 to 30. Come and develop essential tools for your artist toolkit. The cultural leaders of tomorrow start here.

Masterclasses will be back in early 2021. We can't wait to work and learn with you all next year!

Proudly supported by The Bowery Theatre and Brimbank City Council

 

Past 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

  • 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

     

  • 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

  • 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

     

  • 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

  • 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

     

  • 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

     

  • 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

  • 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

     

  • 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