With thanks to Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer Family Foundation, MTC in partnership with the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, is proudly continuing the First Peoples Young Artists Program in 2019.
Melbourne Theatre Company acknowledges the Yalukit Willam Peoples of the Boon Wurrung, the Traditional Owners of the land on which Southbank Theatre and MTC HQ stand. We pay our respects to Melbourne’s First Peoples, to their ancestors past and present, and to our shared future.
Melbourne Theatre Company, in partnership with the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, is offering a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interested in a career in the performing arts.
The program is made up of a series of workshops that explore performance skills, writing for the stage, technical and design aspects of creating a production and how to develop a marketing campaign. We then end with a short performance by the group at Southbank Theatre for family and friends.
Participants will also see a variety of live performances including comedy, dance, musical and theatre shows and have the opportunity to meet a range of industry professionals (actors, writers, directors and designers) to learn more about potential career pathways.
Program participants will be supported by Indigenous teaching artists, mentors and the Wilin Centre where they can receive cultural support and assistance in making an application to the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, if they wish to explore further study.
Successful 2019 applicants must be able to attend all three weeks below:
- Week 1 Monday 1 to Friday 5 July
- Week 2 Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October
- Week 3 Monday 2 to Friday 6 December
10am to 5pm daily
252 Sturt Street, Southbank
Some accommodation, travel and meals will be provided during the three weeks of the program. More information is available on the application form.
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people aged between 17 – 22.
Interstate applicants are welcome to apply, however priority will be given to Victorian residents. Places are limited and you must be able to attend all three weeks.
Every year a group of Year 11 theatre-lovers are selected as MTC Ambassadors.
Betty Amsden Youth Scholarship Course
A five-day developmental drama course for students aged between 14 and 16 who have an interest in performing.
A limited number of placements are offered each year to observe rehearsals and assist stage management.
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