We are excited to welcome Christie Woodhouse into the role of Director of Socially-Engaged Programs. Christie has been involved with Shopfront since 2014. She first joined us as a volunteer on workshop programs, and later took the role of Continuous Lines Project Support Worker for our arts drop-in program, connecting young people with community mental health organisations, schools, and youth services, as well as supporting the facilitation of the program with guest artists.
Christie is a theatre artist herself, working with participatory aesthetics, public dialogue and improvisation. Christie creates her own independent performance work, and has facilitated creative processes with various community groups including young people, women and their children, people living in residential disability services with complex needs, and people with experience of trauma. Christie has previously worked with Milk Crate Theatre who specialise in creative skills development for people who have experienced homelessness. Christie is also currently the Co-Artistic Director of Crack X: a festival of new performance.
Christie brings a wealth of experience to her new role and is excited by the opportunity Shopfront’s community engagement presents to young people.
“There is so much scope in this program to innovate new ways of relating to place and the communities we live with,” Christie said.
“I think it’s vital that young people have the opportunity to experience the kind of process where their thought and relationship with place is valued – and through experiencing their own agency and deliberative practice with peers – create something that did not exist before in their community,” she said.
We can’t wait to see the work that Christie and her young artists create.