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Emerge Company

Discover creative skills, define your own artistic practice and gain practical tools to build a sustainable career in the arts.


Emerge Company is our training and professional development program that brings together emerging theatre makers aged 18–25 to collaborate, train and create their own work as a company, under the direction of one of Canberra’s leading theatre practitioners, Christopher Carroll.


Emerge Company will work together to create a dynamic new work, and collaborate on a range of additional artistic projects across the company. Emerge Company showcases the work of our most promising emerging theatre makers.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in an intensive 20-week program, two evenings a week, in the creative and practical work of making independent theatre.
  • Receive specialist masterclasses from industry professional guests in Voice, Playwriting, Producing, Design, and more.
  • Conceive, devise, produce and perform an original work of theatre, to be staged at Canberra Theatre Centre, 10–13 July.
  • Be supported by an experienced team of theatre professionals to help your work reach its full potential.
  • Gain industry knowledge and connections to kick-start further career opportunities.
  • Develop a network of collaborators with a shared creative language, laying the foundations to form an independent theatre company.

Emerge Company equips participants with the skills, experience, and industry knowledge to launch them into professional practice. Emerge alumni are among the most dynamic up-and-coming theatre artists in Canberra today.

We encourage theatre makers, actors, writers, directors, as well as artists from other disciplines to apply.


Get The Details

WHO18–25 years
WHENSee Dates for your Calendar below
WHEREGorman Arts Centre, Braddon
COST$950
SINGLE PAYMENT $950 (due by Friday 29 March)
TWO PAYMENTS: $485 PER PAYMENT (due by Friday 29 March and Friday 24 May), or
FOUR PAYMENTS: $245 PER PAYMENT (Friday 29 March, Friday 19 April, Friday 24 May and Friday 21 June)

Meet your Lead Artist

Christopher Carroll

Christopher is a professional actor, writer and director from Ireland, trained at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Dublin, and Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. He is recognised by audiences, critics and peers as one of Canberra’s most respected theatre artists.

As artistic director of Bare Witness Theatre Co., he has produced eleven shows to date, in Ireland, the U.K., France and Australia, creating theatre with a keen-eyed political conscience and physical élan. Recent work has included a searing solo adaptation of The Stranger by Albert Camus at Gorman Arts Centre (2021); a climate-crisis countdown about the dark arts of marketing, Smokescreen, at The Q (2022); and the cyberpunk surveillance epic, I Have No Enemies, at Gorman Arts Centre (2023), which will tour to Explosives Factory, Melbourne, in 2024. He has appeared regularly on-stage at The Q, The Mill, Smith’s Alternative, Belco Arts, and The Street Theatre, with acclaimed performances in Art (2022), Metamorphosis (2019), and Tourmaline (2018) to name a few.

Since 2021, he has been responsible for developing and leading Canberra Youth Theatre’s training and professional development program, Emerge Company. Through this intensive five-month program, an ensemble of emerging artists aged 18—25 are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and practical experience to produce their own work. Through Emerge, Christopher has directed the devised works Carpe DM (2021), 503: Service Unavailable (2022), and Sympathetic Resonance (2023), raising up an ambitious new generation o​f Canberran theatremakers.

More Information

It is expected that all Emerge Company Artists are available for all of the sessions outlined below. 

Program: Thursday 7 March – Thursday 25 July 2024

Production Week: Saturday 6 July – Saturday 13 July, 2024 (Times TBC)

Performances: Wednesday 10 – Saturday 13 July 2024

Thursday7 March 20246:30 – 9:00pmProgram Starts
Monday11 March 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday14 March 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Monday18 March 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday21 March 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Monday25 March 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday28 March 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Friday29 March 2024First Payment Due
Thursday4 April 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Monday8 April 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday11 April 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Monday15 April 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday18 April 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Friday19 April 2024Second Payment Due
(4 payment option)
Saturday20 April 20249:00am – 9:00pm12 Hour Theatre Project
Monday22 April 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Monday29 April 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday2 May 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Monday6 May 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday9 May 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Monday13 May 20243:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday16 May 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Monday20 May 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday23 May 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Friday24 May 2024Second payment due (two payment option) Third payment due (four payment option)
Monday27 May 20243:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday30 May 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Monday3 June 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday6 June 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Monday10 June 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday13 June 20247:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday15 June 20249:00am – 5:00pm
Monday17 June 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday20 June 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Friday 21 June 2024Final payment due (four payment option)
Saturday22 June 20249:00am – 5:00pm
Monday24 June 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday27 June 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Saturday29 June 20249:00am – 5:00pm
Monday 1 July 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday4 July 20246:30 – 9:00pm
Saturday6 July 2024TBC – Full dayProduction Week
Sunday 7 July 2024TBC – Full DayProduction Week
Monday8 July 2024TBC – Full DayProduction Week
Tuesday9 July 2024TBC – Full DayProduction Week
Wednesday10 July 2024TBC – Full DayPerformance #1
Thursday11 July 2024TBC – Full DayPerformance #2
Friday12 July 2024TBC – Full DayPerformance #3
Saturday13 July 2024TBC – Full DayPerformance #4
Monday15 July 20247:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday18 July 20247:00 – 9:00pm
Monday22 July 20247:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday25 July 20247:00 – 9:00pm
*This is current as of December 2023 and represents a minimum time commitment. Additional sessions may be negotiated with participants as needed, particularly leading into the production period. Emerge Company is a collaborative, ensemble program, which relies on consistent attendance from the whole company in order to function.

Emerge Company is open to early career artists aged 18 – 25 who want to develop their creative voice, build collaborative networks and explore artistic practice. We encourage theatre makers, actors, writers, directors, as well as artists from other disciplines to apply. If you are a designer, digital media producer, costumer, stage manager, lighting or sound operator, props and set maker, composer, as well as any other creative discipline, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us to discuss your pathways in Emerge Company 2023.

We encourage submissions from: 

– Early Career artists

– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists

– Culturally and Linguistically Diverse artists

– Artists who identify as LGBTQIA+

– Artists living with disability

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and donors, Canberra Youth Theatre is able to offer Emerge Company as a subsidised program to support early career artists in the Canberra region. (The full value of this program is $2000 per person.) 

We offer a variety of payment options for Emerge Company:

  • Single payment $950 (due by Friday 29 March)
  • Two payments: $485 per payment (due by Friday 29 March and Friday 24 May), or
  • Four payments: $245 per payment (Friday 29 March, Friday 19 April, Friday 24 May and Friday 21 June)

We recognise that financial hardship can create significant barriers to accessing the arts. Canberra Youth Theatre is committed to ensuring young artists from all financial backgrounds have access to our training programs, and we have a range of measures in place, including reduced payments and scholarships available to our participants. 

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact us on 02 6248 5057 or workshops@canberrayouththeatre.com.au to discuss your situation and options.

Our Emerging Artists programs are made possible thanks to the
Jeremy Spencer Broom Legacy.