Workshops

WEYA offers workshops for schools, workplaces and creative industry professionals. Delivered by our professional Lead and Support Artists, WEYA workshops create safe and playful spaces that invite participants to grapple with big ideas, dream beyond the impossible and collaborate to create something new, whether that’s a performance for your community, or a new way of approaching cultural safety in the workplace. 

We have a suite of workshops available for booking, but can also work with you to tailor a workshop to your specific needs. Our workshops are priced on a sliding scale, with community rates available. 

For more information or to book your workshop, call 03 86584052 or email info@westernedge.org.au

Weya in schools

Western Edge Youth Arts

WEYA has over 20 years experience working in schools in Melbourne’s western suburbs, delivering long-term creative residency programs and individual workshops. We have a range of curriculum-based and creative practice workshops available, and can also work with you to develop a tailor-made workshop on a specific text or aspect of creativity to suit the needs of your teachers and your students. 

Our workshops are delivered by professional actors and will invite the students to engage with the text or creative practice through collaborative performance and devising. We can adjust workshop content to align with learning outcomes for your unit of study and we work closely with teachers to ensure the workshop is accessible and culturally responsive for all students.

Current workshops:

Othello
(60-90mins)

Delivered by professional actors, this workshop brings Shakespeare’s Othello to life. 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!

Much Ado About Nothing

(60-90mins)

Delivered by professional actors, this workshop explores the classic Shakespeare comedy through performance and adaptation. 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!

“I loved watching the scenes and taking in all the words and expressions and emotions, modernising the text and making the language more contemporary, and what Shakespeare was trying to communicate through the women of the play.”

“We felt more involved and energised by the end. It was funny.”

Feedback from Othello workshops, 2019

If you would like us to run a workshop in your school, please contact us for more information.

diversity and cultural safety workshop

Penny Harpham and Tariro Mavondo directing the Sub30 Collective on the set of The Retreat
Image by: Wani

Our Diversity and Cultural Safety workshop is delivered by co-Artistic Directors/co-CEO’s Tariro Mavondo and Penny Harpham. It is designed to provide participants with an introduction to decolonial theory and offer guidance about how they may apply the theory to ensure that they are creating workplaces and creative spaces that are intersectional, inclusive culturally responsive  for all.

If you are interested in this workshop, please contact us for more information.