Q&A Workshop Series with The Blue Room Theatre Board

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Fri 17 Apr & Tue 21 Apr

  • When

    2pm - 3pm
  • Where

    Online via Zoom
  • Cost

    Free to members
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Across April-May, each member of The Blue Room Theatre’s Board will host a virtual workshop session and Q&A on their area of expertise.

These workshops are an opportunity for members to pick the brains of industry heavyweights to expand their perspective and knowledge of different facets of the sector.

Workshops will be released on a fortnightly basis, beginning first with our Chair and esteemed arts manager, Shane Colquhoun, followed by spoken word poet and creative Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa. Participants are not required to attend all sessions and can register individually for the Q&A’s of interest. Please see details and registrations for upcoming sessions below.

#1: Q&A on Leadership with Shane Colquhoun: Friday 17 April, 2pm – 3pm

Shane will launch the Board Series of Q&A’s with an open conversation about his career in the industry as a manager, delving into his experiences of leadership and working with teams. The Q&A will not be arts worker specific but can be shaped by participant questions to also apply to creatives who are leading their own projects and negotiating teamwork and collaborative practice. 

Following a career as a professional dancer overseas and in Australia, Shane’s arts management career has included positions within government and the arts sector including General Manager roles with Deckchair Theatre (1987-89), West Australian Ballet (1992-96) and most recently Black Swan State Theatre Company (2009-14). From 2000-09, he worked at the WA Department of Culture and the Arts in a number of senior executive roles and on secondment as the Minister for Culture and the Arts’ Policy Advisor. In 2014, Shane re-established his arts management consultancy. He is also the Secretary of the WA Chamber of Arts and Culture. 

#2: Q&A on Spoken Word Poetry with Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa: Tuesday 21 April, 2pm – 3pm

The second Q&A will be hosted by Sukhjit, who will share her journey from spoken word poet to performer and playwright. From Sukhjit’s experiences, participants will be able to explore questions about their practice and pathways, and there will be dedicated time towards the end of the Q&A for attendees to share and test snippet of poetry if they like.  

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a first-generation Australian Sikh spoken word poet, performer and playwright based in Perth. She is passionate about diversity and the importance of visibility in the performing arts and inherently merges her advocacy background with the arts. Her work predominantly provokes conversations around Australian identity, feminism and the power of uncomfortable conversations. Her debut theatre show with Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Black Swan Theatre Company is titled Fully Sikh and premiered in 2019. 

These workshops are available for members of The Blue Room Theatre of any experience and practice, and will be delivered through online video conferencing and webinar service, Zoom. Participating in the workshops is free, however RSVP is essential. Register your virtual attendance to The Blue Room Theatre’s online series of professional development opportunities by clicking the ‘Buy Now’ button and filling out the form, and we’ll be in touch with the logistics and house rules. These sessions have a limited capacity – please be respectful of your fellow members and only book a spot if you intend on tuning in.

Creatives who want to participate but are not currently members can join at the discounted rate of $35. If this fee is still too much to part with in this challenging time, we are able to facilitate a delayed payment option. To access the discount or defer payment, please contact Sally and Scott via sally-scott@blueroom.org.au


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