We are delighted that the Sidney Myer Fund will be supporting our flagship ensemble of culturally diverse emerging artists, The Edge Ensemble, to develop a new work and perform over the next three years. The Edge Ensemble project gives WEYA participants, that have graduated from our in-school and community youth theatre projects, the opportunity to be at the centre of creating original Australian works and to perform these in professional theatres to audiences outside their communities.
Thank you to the Sidney Myer Trustees for this amazing support.
Western Edge Youth Arts’s community youth theatre project in St Albans has been chosen for the Be Bold Residency at St Albans Community Centre.
The 2018 Be Bold Performance Residency Program: A creative space to be bold will provide opportunities to undertake process-driven arts practice and risk taking in making new, contemporary performance work for the Bowery Theatre, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations with or for the local community. Western Edge Youth Arts will present a new theatrical performance with a local youth ensemble of 16 young people, St Albans Edge Theatre, at the Bowery Theatre in November 2018. The work will be generated and shaped by the ensemble’s experiences, cultures, histories and hopes over a five-month development process.
Congratulations to Outer Urban Projects and Vaiusu who’s projects were also chosen for the residency.
WEYA welcomes three new board members to the team. Vincent Shin, Vanessa O’Neill and Sherry-Rose Bih. They join our continuing board members Jock Jefferies, Susan Russell, Nikita Gossain, Mary Musolino and Irena Baric who we thank for their ongoing commitment and hard work supporting WEYA’s ongoing development as a leading youth arts organisation creating innovative theatre with young people from diverse backgrounds.
We are excited to announce the appointment of Penny Harpham as Associate Director of WEYA. Penny worked with WEYA last year as a Teaching Artist, in her new role she will be directing Caliban, and leading projects in St Albans and Footscray.
Penny brings a wealth of experience to the company. She is the co-founder and co-Artistic director of celebrated independent theatre company She Said Theatre. Her qualifications include a Post Graduate in Performance Creation – Directing from VCA where she was awarded the Barbara Manning Scholarship for Excellence and the Global Ateilier Scholarship for Overseas Travel. She has won multiple awards for her independent work as a director and has worked with some of Australia’s leading arts organisations and independent theatre ensembles, as well as having worked extensively with children and young people. See her bio on our website for more detail.
WEYA is proud to announce that the Geelong Edge Ensemble have been announced as Semi-Finalists of the Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award, which forms part of the 2018 Victorian Young Achiever Awards for their work throughout 2017.
North Geelong Edge is a new group of young people from many different cultural backgrounds meeting at Diversitat’s Northern Hub in Norlane. This vibrant group of young people aged 16+ is preparing a new street performance for Geelong After Dark in May. The work is a comedy based on folk stories from the diverse cultures of the participants.
Dave Kelman, WEYA’s Artistic Director says, ‘This work builds on our outreach work at North Geelong Secondary College. It’s really exciting and fresh. It’s youth-led and the participants are bringing their languages, cultures, movement and humour to the work. Geelong After Dark will be amazing and will lay the foundation for this project to continue to grow and develop.’
The WEYA show that wowed audiences at the Coopers Malthouse in 2016, is about to be remounted for a tour of Victoria in May. Under the Direction of WEYA’s new Associate Director, Penny Harpham, with a largely fresh cast and writer Georgia Symons back to support an evolution of the script, this iteration of Caliban will take the battle ground of global climate politics to new audiences.
Caliban will tour to Drysdale, Shepparton, Wyndham, St Albans, Narre Warren, Sale and Mildura between 14 – 31 May 2018. Full details and booking links available here.
The show is listed on the VCE Drama Playlist, and will be studied by year 11 and 12 students as an example of innovative and excellent home grown Victorian theatre.
The tour has been made possible with the support of Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria and the Besen Family Foundation.
Jacob Rajan, New Zealand Artist Laureate and Co-founder of Indian Ink Theatre Company, will be visiting WEYA’s Wyndham Edge program next week. Participants will work with Jacob to develop skills in stage presence through mask. Jacob is internationally renowned for his innovative work blending western theatrical traditions with eastern flavours and is currently Artist in Residence with Wyndham City Council. He will be performing his show The Guru of Chai at the Wyndahm Cultural Centre on 15 and 16 March. Booking details here.
These programs welcome young people of all cultural backgrounds, genders and abilities who are interested in working with other young people to create their own original theatre. No experience necessary – just the desire to come and give it a go!
Check out this awesome show that the Wyndham Edge crew from Hopper’s Crossing created last year.
Look at our new house! Well actually this is part of the set from Quarter Acre Block, which had it’s first work in development showing a couple of weeks ago.
But we do have a new house! WEYA has moved.
We are now living happily in Kindred Studios, 3 Harris St, Yarraville, VIC, 3013.
Our new phone number: 03 8658 4052. Save it to your phones! : )
Quarter Acre Block is supported be Australia Council for the Arts and Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. Set pictured here designed by Katherine Branch.