Below is a record of our 2022 learning, networking, and development opportunities to support our Season arts workers and the wider community.

Check back here soon as we’ll be adding new events and professional development programs for 2023.

Accessibility as Dramaturgy – PAST EVENT

Event details: 
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre, 53 James Street Northbridge 6003
Date: Friday 5 August
Time: 6:30pm

The Blue Room Theatre is hosted a panel event in partnership with Performing Lines WA. Hosted by Jeremy Smith (Performing Lines WA) and Caroline Bowditch (Arts Access Victoria) with Georgi Ivers, plus contributions from Daisy Sanders and Bruno Booth. This stimulating conversation on ‘Accessibility as Dramaturgy’ concluded Kolyang Artist Lab for 2022. Listen back to the conversation below.

Click here to access the transcript of the conversation (Word Document Download)

Click here to read the Program

The Blue Room Theatre’s Get Together – PAST EVENT

Amongst all the shows (and admin), we thought it would be a good time of year to open up the doors of the venue on a Friday afternoon to safely meet up and share some food, conversation, and good times. Do you ever want to meet new folk in the industry but networking events give you the ick?

Here’s some options for coming along to this event:
– Have a one-on-one chat with someone from our team
– Join in on a group workshop with Bindi Bindi Dreaming to connect with each other
– Eat some food, provided by us
– Grab a drink or tea from the bar, open all night

Then from 5:30pm, kick back and listen to a long table discussion on collaboration between designers & makers facilitated by Joe Lui with Mark Haslam and Sara Chirichilli.

Event details:
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre, 53 James Street Northbridge 6003
Date: Friday 26 August
Time: 4pm-7pm
Dress code: whatever you are comfortable in (business cards optional)

Looking forward to getting together!

We acknowledge that this event is located on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk peoples of the Noongar nation. We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. The Blue Room Theatre’s Get Together is supported by the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and Lotterywest.

Design Direction Long Table Discussion – PAST EVENT

Event details: 
Venue: Theatre
Date: Friday 26 August
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm

How do directors, choreographers and devisors integrate design more into the creative process, in order to think more deeply about design ideas and how they influence theatre-making? How can designers work with more agency and step into more collaborative roles during creative processes?

This August we’ve had a small cohort of emerging designers, choreographers, directors and devisors working with industry mentors to discover new ways to collaborate. While the workshops had limited participants (EOI now closed, see more below), we will conclude the series with a public long table discussion where we’ll hear some key learnings and provocations regarding collaboration between designers and makers. Hosted by Joe Paradise Lui, with workshop mentors Sara Chirichili (set designer), Mark Haslam (lighting designer), come along to listen or pull up a seat at the table and share your tasty thoughts. The chat is going down from 5.30pm in the Theatre during The Blue Room Theatre’s Get Together event.

Design Direction Workshops – EOI CLOSED 2022  

With Joe Paradise Lui and Friends

After a successful series in 2020, we are bringing back workshops for emerging designers, choreographers, directors and devisors that will provoke theatre makers to integrate design in the creative development process.

Ten participants will be selected to attend all four workshops over two weeks to establish tools and networks for more meaningful collaborations across design within the theatre-making process. Director, choreographer and devisor participants will get more insight into the design process and will be encouraged to think more deeply about design ideas and how they influence theatre-making. Designer participants will be encouraged to think about agency and gain more insight into being creative collaborators.

Each workshop will feature a different aspect of design, led by a different member of the independent design community to speak to form, technologies, and collaborative methods. Each session will involve both theory and practical work. The series is led by director/devisor/designer extraordinaire, Joe Paradise Lui (sound), with pals Sara Chirichili (set), Mark Haslam (lighting) and Emma Fishwick (all-in).

Creative Producing Circle Program – EOI CLOSED FOR 2022 

With Shona Erskine

Independent producers and artists are invited to 4 sessions as part of our new Creative Producing Circle program with Shona Erskine. This series is for producers (and people that end up in producing situations! e.g. creative leads) to come and learn skills to help with upcoming projects, share their experiences, reflect on previous shows. The workshop will cover topics such as: Group and Individual Creativity; Paradoxes of Leadership; Communication and Perceptual Positions; Stress Management. Access additional info here.

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact our Programming team at or call the office on (08) 9227 7005.

Image credit: Winter Nights 2018, photo by Marshall Stay