We want to foster a culture of learning, engagement and inclusion, and we want to see artists challenging themselves, each other and us to expand horizons and provide new and exciting opportunities for themselves and audiences alike.
Playgroup is a creative classroom environment for artists to show + tell, led by The Cutting Room Floor. It is an opportunity for exposure, networking, feedback and collaboration in a playful environment.
SHOW: A chance for you to show a scene or idea from a project you are currently working on and seek feedback and advice.
TELL: A chance to chat about a about a project you are starting and what you are looking for (a writer, director, musician, etc).
In August, your School Master (and host!) is Will O’Mahony.
When: Tuesday 11th August, 6.30pm // Where: The Blue Room Theatre // $10 entry – RSVP essential and pay at the door
Drinks and snacks will be provided by the school canteen.
If you would like to show or tell, there are two time slots available: A – 5 minutes and B – 10 minutes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to show or tell and which time allocation you need. You can join the Facebook event here. There are limited spots to be a part of our supportive classroom audience, so make sure you RSVP before it fills up.
In July 2013, we hosted a two-day Theatre Business Forum featuring speakers from across the country, supported by the Ian Potter Foundation. It covered national and international touring opportunities, government and philanthropic funding, branding and marketing and more.
We heard from some of those in the know about opportunities in and around Australia and the world.
Speakers: Next Wave Artistic Director Emily Sexton, Amber Hasler (World Fringe Alliance), TheatreWorks (Vic) Creative Producer Daniel Clarke, Country Arts WA Monique Boucher and Performing Lines Rachael Whitworth
There’s more out there for artists than you may think – we heard from federal, state and philanthropic funding bodies about opportunities on offer.
Speakers: David Ryding (Australia Council), Michael Daly (Department of Culture and the Arts) and James Boyd (Creative Partnerships Australia).
It’s your most important sales tool, but what actually is a brand, and how do you harness it to build lasting audience engagement with your work?
Speakers: Artrage CEO Marcus Canning, RKPix Amanda Morrision, and Tonne Gramme’s Mick Barlow Stringer.
What makes a good artist? Do you give and receive good feedback? What are major companies on the look-out for?
Speakers: TheatreWorks (Vic) Creative Producer Daniel Clarke, Melissa Cantwell (Perth Theatre Company), and Paul Selwyn Norton (STRUT).
We were joined by some of the boldest minds in theatre from the local, national and international scene in this Tour du Form of how to make theatre. We heard stories from theatre makers on what inspires them and how they create work; including devising, writing, picking scripts and systems of rehearsal.
Matthew Lutton: Associate Artistic Director at Malthouse in Melbourne and founder of the highly successful independent theatre company Thin Ice
Lucy Hopkins: currently touring the world with her award-winning one-woman clown show, Le Foulard who trained at the Jacques Lecoq school, then with Philippe Gaulier and Spymonkey
Tim Watts: multi award-winning creator of The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer and It’s Dark Outside
Joe Bone: creator and performer of the multi award-winning international trilogy Bane.
From movement, to comedy and the importance of visual imagery this conversation about theatre making was one you’d want to eavesdrop on.
These projects were proudly supported by The Ian Potter Foundation.