Emerging Creatives

Gain the skills to be part of a production team in a world-class theatre environment.

Emerging Creatives is dedicated to all the skills behind the scenes that bring theatre to life. In 2024, Emerging Creatives will be delivered in partnership with the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

  • Be introduced to the fundamentals of lighting, sound, set, costumes, props, and stage management through a series of practical workshops led by experienced industry professionals.
  • Visit NIDA’s facilities in Sydney, observe NIDA productions, and receive guest talks from NIDA staff.
  • Have the opportunity to assist creatives and technical crew on Canberra Youth Theatre productions throughout the year.

Emerging Creatives gives you the language, skills, and inspiration to explore your own creative vision. Discover the whole palette of theatrical possibilities, and how to bring it all together to make arresting theatre.

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WHOAges 16–25
WHENSee Dates for your calendar below
Additional dates and opportunities throughout the year
WHEREGorman Arts Centre
COSTEmerging Creatives Program: $350
Emerging Creatives Program (Split Payments): $185 per payment
Excursion One, NIDA open day: $200 (optional, recommended)
Excursion Two, NIDA production visit: $860 (optional, recommended)
Program + Excursion One (Split Payments): $285 per payment
Program + Excursions (Split Payments): $715 per payment

Emerging Creatives is open to emerging artists in school aged 16–25 who want to explore backstage and technical aspects of theatre. We encourage theatre makers, actors, writers, directors, as well as artists from other disciplines to get involved.

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

Saturday23 March 202410:00am – 1:00pmIntroductory Session
Saturday6 April 202410:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday13 April 202410:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday20 April 20249:00am – 9:00pm12 Hour Theatre Project
Saturday11 May 202410:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday1 June10:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday15 June TBC, all dayNIDA open day excursion
Thursday20 June6:30 – 9:00pmEmerge Company Rehearsal
Saturday22 June10:00am – 4:00pmEmerge Company Rehearsal
Monday24 June6:30 – 9:00pmEmerge Company Rehearsal
Thursday27 June6:30 – 9:00pmEmerge Company Rehearsal
Saturday29 June10:00am – 4:00pmEmerge Company Rehearsal
Monday1 July6:30 – 9:00pmEmerge Company Rehearsal
Thursday4 July6:30 – 9:00pmEmerge Company Rehearsal
6 – 13 JulyTBCEmerge Company Production Week
TBC, OctoberTBCOvernight Excursion to NIDA Production week

Emerging Creatives participate in a series of masterclasses in 

  • Set and Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Stage Management

These sessions will spark your creativity and introduce you to different technical aspects of theatre. 

Following these sessions, Emerging Creatives will work on the 12 Hour Theatre Project, End of Semester Performances for our Gorman Ensembles, and Emerge Company final performance outcome, as well as being given the opportunity to shadow creatives on our major productions over the year.

In 2024, Emerging Creatives will cost $350.

Emerging Creatives includes two optional excursions. These are an additional cost

Excursion one, to the NIDA Open Day will cost $200 per person. This is a one day excursion, and the cost includes all travel and meals.

Excursion two, to the NIDA Production week will cost $860 per person. This is an overnight excursion, and the cost includes all travel, accommodation and meals.

Payment Plans are available to cover the cost of excursions. Payment plans include a $20 administration fees. Please email workshops@canberrayouththeatre.com.au to arrange a payment plan.

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.