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Drama & Performance Workshops

Performance skills are transferrable across many aspects of life and can help with self‑confidence, imagination, empathy, co-operation, concentration, communication and memory. The arts are also a great way to have fun, and a fantastic creative, emotional and social outlet for Young People.

At Shopfront we offer a safe space, where everyone is welcome and supported to express themselves free from judgement, among friends!

Start out in a workshop, progress to an ensemble, take a technical theatre workshop to learn how to do things behind the scenes, and one day you can be a Shopfront emerging artist!

Drama, ages 8-11 (Group 1) – Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm
Drama, ages 8-11 (Group 2) – Saturday 10-11am
Drama, ages 12-15 – Saturday 12:30 – 2pm
Acting for Stage, ages 16-18 – Tuesday 5-7pm 

All the above workshops are held at Shopfront Arts Co-Op, 86-88 Carlton Pde, Carlton


Our Drama Workshops

Drama, ages 8–11

No experience necessary.
Make friends, build confidence and develop skills performing, creating and speaking in public. In this workshop you’ll play drama games, and make your own short works to premiere at our end of term performance.

We run two group times for Drama 8-11
Group 1 – Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:30pm
Group 2 – Saturday 10 -11am

Drama, ages 12–15

Develop and strengthen skills in performance-making, communication, and critical thinking
through performance techniques and drama games. You’ll work with traditional and non-traditional methods of theatre making, and develop your own short works for our end of term performance.

Saturdays, 12:30 – 2pm 

Acting for Stage, ages 16–19

Take your skills to the next level. Develop skills working with script and improvisation techniques, and strengthen your craft as a performer. You’ll be challenged to analyse text to think critically about your performance and consider the arts more broadly.

Tuesdays, 5 – 7pm

Make a Show!

Not only do we offer the chance to grow your skills, but we actively create opportunities for you to show them off to the public. Through our workshop program, we stage two shows per year, created by our Junior and Senior Ensembles. Try your hand at creating a full-length stage show!

Enrolment cost covers termly workshops, an intensive rehearsal period during the school holidays, and the performance week.

Enrolments for Senior Ensemble are open now! Senior Ensemble will run Terms 1 and 2, and Junior Ensemble enrolments will open mid year for Term 3 and 4

Junior Ensemble, ages 8–14

Junior Ensemble offers the chance to create a show in collaboration with practising emerging and established artists. Develop a work while strengthening your performance skills and making friends along the way! Junior Ensemble is open to all Young People who are serious about performing. This year you’ll be working with Phil Spencer and Sabrina D’Angelo to create a new show called ‘Mums tell Dad Jokes Too!’

Saturdays, 2:30pm–5:30pm in Terms 3 & 4

Senior Ensemble, ages 14-19

Create a new musical work in collaboration with emerging and professional artists. This will be your work and will contain your ideas, values and you, the performer! In 2022 you’ll be working with Lucy Heffernan to write and perform a brand new musical called ‘Teen Angst!’ The rehearsal process will be fast-paced and challenging and is definitely for Young People who have some performance experience – which you can get in our workshops!

Saturdays, 2:30pm–5:30pm in Terms 1 & 2

Behind the Scenes

Technical Theatre BEGINNERS, ages 12–18

No experience necessary – just a willingness to be challenged and to learn.
Gain hands-on experience as a technical operator as you work on Shopfront shows! Learn the crafts of designing sound, lighting and sets for theatrical productions, and apply them in shows attended by the public.

Saturdays, 2:15 – 3:45pm

Technical Theatre ADVANCED, ages 12+ 

For the Advanced class, you need 2+ years experience in Technical Theatre. If you have completed this training at Shopfront, no worries! If you have trained as part of another organisation, or VET Entertainment classes we will book you in for a free trial and find out which class is right for you! In Tech Theatre Advanced you will take the next step, putting your learning into action and working on Shopfront productions for hands on experience!

Saturdays, 4-6pm

Photo credit: Tim da Rin

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