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 will be 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.

Introducing our 2020 Resident Artists

Claire Holland

Claire is a theatre practitioner and arts professional. Claire’s recent experience includes being the Artistic Director of the National University Theatre Society in 2019, directing a production of Noises Off 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 branched into the independent theatre realm working 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 Something’s from Bite Productions for the Melbourne Fringe. Claire is currently completing her undergraduate degree at the Australian National University and is working for Canberra International Music Festival as Marketing Coordinator. She is delighted to join Canberra Youth Theatre for the Resident Artist program. 

Holly Johnson

Holly Johnson is an actor, an aspiring director and a developing art curator. Last year she completed a double Bachelor Degree in Art History and Curatorship/ Laws (Honours) at the Australian National University (ANU) and had had extensive involvement with the Canberra artistic community over the last six years. She has performed in many ACT theatre initiatives and made her professional acting debut in The Street Theatre’s original production of Fragments by Maura Pierlot, directed by Shelly Higgs. She is looking forward to her Residency with Canberra Youth Theatre, the very place that founded her love of acting and the arts. 

Rebecca Duke

Rebecca Duke is a writer and student raised in Tasmania. She’s currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the ANU. In 2019 she was involved in both ATYP’s National Studio and CARCLEW’s Writing Place where she discovered a passion for writing for young people. Both residencies have resulted in Currency Press published anthologies featuring her plays. Her work with ATYP was selected to be performed as part of Intersection 2020: Beat in their 2020 season. 

Our 2020 Emerging Artists Program is proudly supported by the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.