Schools Programs

In-School Residencies

Creating Space for Student Expression & Connection 

Each year Western Edge creates original, transformative experiences with Victorian state government schools in Melbourne’s west.  

With an emphasis on social connection and safety, these 15-week residencies build educational engagement and learning outcomes. They often represent students’ first experience of theatre-making, shaping their future artistic engagement.  

Co-creating inclusive arts culture 

We work with teachers and school staff to build an arts culture from the ground up, increasing student engagement with the school community and improving attendance figures. 

“Before the production I didn’t enjoy school but ever since I’ve loved school and just have been more social in general.” In-School Program Participant

Getting Involved 

Our In-School Residencies are delivered in partnership with local councils and funders on a community needs basis. If you would like to learn more about how to get involved, please contact us and explore our fee-for-service short programs for schools below. 

Curriculum-based Short-Programs

Want to give your students a taste of Western Edge? 

We run curriculum-based short programs that give students the opportunity to engage with text or creative practice through collaborative performance and devising. Our short programs are delivered by professional actors who embody our values and are trained in the Western Edge approach to practice. 


Customized to your learning outcomes 

Meeting core learning outcomes is central to our short-programs. We work closely with teachers to adjust content to meet your specific subject and unit needs. 

We also work with each school team to ensure the workshop is accessible and culturally responsive for all students. 

Example Workshops 

Othello (Shakespeare) – 60 -90 minutes 

Much Ado About Nothing ( Shakespeare) – 60 – 90minutes 

In these workshops, students will watch some of Melbourne’s most exciting actors deliver key scenes, and then work with the actors to adapt the scenes into contemporary settings and speech, reflecting the universal themes of the play through the lens of their own lived experience. These workshops will help expand students’ understanding of the themes and characters, and prove that Shakespeare can be for everyone! 


Interested? Talk to our team to design the right workshop for your students.