Rowan is a theatre practitioner, director and dramaturg, and a graduate of Theatre Nepean and the Australian Film, Television and...
Welcome to Shopfront
Shopfront Arts Co-op is the home of youth arts. We stand as Sydney’s only cross-art form organisation led by and dedicated to the artistry of Young People. For over four decades, Shopfront has amplified the voices of Young People.
Supported by practising, professional artists, our members make bold and ambitious works of creative expression. We champion acts of artistic bravery. We are acknowledged for this bravery through awards, recognition and support of arts bodies, and by the thousands of people who have at one time or another in the last four decades considered Shopfront to be their second home. Being a member of Shopfront means you are part of something. Our co-operative is an inclusive community of artists sharing a common goal of making great art (and having a lot of fun along the way).
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“Shopfront has provided our child a safe, creative space to explore and connect just as it did for me over 30 years ago. As a marginalised young person facing significant obstacles her degree of engagement and participation in Shopfront is integral to her wellbeing. The opportunity for her to collaborate and contribute in a supportive environment has allowed her to flourish which will work to improve her long-term outcomes. I am not sure where we would be without it.”
“Shopfront Theatre is important to me for so many reasons. The feeling it gives me when I am there, the feeling of performing ‘in another world’ as someone else. It is also great to know that I can be in a group of people that I get to know and that together we learn skills of acting and performing whilst having fun.”.”
“Shopfront is incredible because it is a place that allows me to take creative risks with my work. I don’t feel afraid to try, make, fail and succeed. It has been imperative to me as an emerging artist to feel safe to create and shopfront is the perfect place to do so. ”
“Shopfront has given me confidence and I made new friends. I was also noticed. At school only some kids get noticed, but Shopfront you are always noticed. ”
“The students developed skills and attitudes that the school could not provide and students were exposed to learning opportunities that challenged not only their practical skills but also their values and ideals about the world around them. We look forward to future opportunities to work with Shopfront. ”