Presented by The Blue Room Theatre & Dr Shona Erskine

Resilience and Creativity Workshops

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Wed 1 Apr & Wed 8 Apr

  • When

    4pm - 5pm
  • Where

    Online via Zoom
  • Cost

    Free to members
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Over four weeks, Dr Shona Erskine will host a series of online workshops to aid artists in responding to challenges around artistic and creative practice in a quarantined world.

These workshops will be filled to the brim with conversations, knowledge and skill-sharing allowing participants to build their toolkit with theoretical knowledge and practical tips in resilience, adaptation and confidence.

Details and registration for the first two workshops are open; the next two workshops will be announced soon. Participants are not required to attend all sessions, nor is attendance at an earlier session necessary to engage in the latter workshops.

Dr Shona Erskine is a registered psychologist in private practice and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and retrained as a psychologist following an extensive career as a contemporary dancer. Dr Erskine has an expertise in delivering psychology for performing artists through professional companies, universities, and in private practice. Dr Erskine has developed curriculum in areas of mental wellbeing and creativity with an interest in disseminating best practice models to performing artist, teachers, and directors.

#1: Artistic Identity: Wednesday 1 April, 4pm – 5pm

This workshop will examine what constitutes resilience and the need for transformation, and will jump into practical methods to build our capacity for both on a personal level. Guided by research from CSIRO scientist Brian Walker and psychologist Linda Graham, Shona will look at the conversation from both an individual and sector perspective.

#2: Neuroscience of Creativity: Wednesday 8 April, 4pm – 5pm

Take a dive into the neuroscience of creativity! With neuroscience showing that we’re all capable of creative thinking, Shona will take you through a series of skills that will help your personal creative process and most pressing problems, and keep your ideas and practice invigorated. In this workshop, Shona will take guidance leaf out of the book of world class neuroscientists and research to ensure you find some creative solutions.


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

Photo of Dr Shona Erskine by Orien Harvey