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Resident Artists

Our Resident Artists program is a year-long incubator for early career artists and theatre makers who are passionate about creating new works, and dedicated to challenging their artistic practice.

These artists are embedded in the life of the company and participate in a program of creative developments, performances and individual projects. Selected by application, our Resident Artists will be ambitious young creatives ready to push their practice and careers to the next level.

2020 Resident Artists

Rebecca Duke

Rebecca Duke is a twenty-one year old writer and student raised in Tasmania. In 2021, she is starting her third year of a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics / Bachelor or Arts at the ANU. In 2019 she took part in ATYP’s National Studio and was delighted to receive her first publication in Intersection: Beat closely followed by This Was Urgent Yesterday written during CARCLEW’s residency, The Writing Place. She has been commissioned by the Canberra Youth Theatre to write Space Oddity, a play that accompanies a new work by Mary Rachel Brown. She is also writing Church Sweet Church, a play about faith, community and reckoning which has been selected for The Street’s First Seen program.

Claire Holland

Claire Holland is an emerging theatre maker and director. Claire was the Artistic Director of the National University Theatre Society in 2019, directing a production of Noises Off (2018), Peter Pan (2019) and producing and performing in a range of shows including the ANU Arts Revue, ANU Women’s Revue and the Musical Theatre Company production of Dogfight. Claire has also worked as Assistant Director on The Experts with ShopFront Arts Co-Op, Assistant Director on SALT from the House That Dan Built and Production Assistant on Two Twenty Somethings from Bite Productions for the Melbourne Fringe. Claire works with Music for Canberra and Broad Encounters Productions in marketing and project coordination and is delighted to be a Resident Artist with Canberra Youth Theatre.

Holly Johnson

Holly Johnson is a director, actor and a lawyer from Yass, NSW. She has a double Bachelor Degree in Art History and Curatorship / Laws (Honours) from the Australian National University and is a lawyer in the Workplace Relations, Employment & Safety team for Mills Oakley, Canberra. Holly has a passionate interest in theatre and arts development, having extensive involvement with the Canberra artistic community whilst at university and more recently as a Board Member at the Belconnen Arts Centre. She has performed in many ACT theatre initiatives and including, The Street Theatre’s original production of Fragments by Maura Pierlot, directed by Shelly Higgs and at the The National Gallery of Australia as part of their public programs.

Our 2021 Emerging Artists program is made possible thanks to the Jeremy Spencer Broom Legacy, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, and Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1.