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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Past Up Next Masterclass

  • 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.

  • 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!