Enrolling in a Workshop

When do workshops open for enrolment and begin?

Enrolments for each semester generally open and the conclusion of the previous semester. Our workshop programs run by semester and are in line with ACT school terms. The start and finish dates for our workshops this semester are displayed in each individual workshop description.If you would like a reminder or would like to stay up to date with our workshops and productions, please subscribe to our eNewsletter or like our Facebook page.

Should I get in early? What if I miss out on a place?

Our enrolments are processed on a first come, first served basis and we have a maximum of 16 participants per workshop.We do not reserve places for workshops so please ensure you enrol online or contact us as soon as possible. Places do fill up quickly! If the workshop you are trying to enrol in has filled up, we can place you on a waiting list and let you know if/when a spot becomes available. If there is a strong demand, we will consider opening up an additional class. If you miss out on a School program you may wish to consider coming to our Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre workshops.

I enrolled in Semester One workshops and want to continue to Semester Two. Does my enrolment carry over?

Your enrolment does not carry over from Semester One to Semester Two. You must re-enrol online or contact our office on 02 6248 5057.

Can you reserve a place in a workshop if I can’t pay or I’m not sure right now?

Unfortunately, we can not reserve places.

What if I don’t want to enrol online?

Please contact our office for further assistance either by calling 6248 5057 or emailing programs@canberrayouththeatre.com.au. Only once we receive completed enrolment details and the payment required can we confirm your place in a workshop.

How do I know my enrolment is confirmed?

You will receive a confirmation to the email address you provide us. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact us as soon as possible. You will also receive an email before the start of the semester confirming the date and time of your workshop, your Workshop Artists and important dates for the semester ahead.

What if the workshop I’ve enrolled in is cancelled?

Proposed workshops may be cancelled due to an inadequate number of participants. In the event that this occurs, we will let you know and where possible move you to an available workshop, or refund any payments made.

General workshop information

What does a Canberra Youth Theatre workshop look like?

Canberra Youth Theatre is a theatre company that creates works by young people, under the direction of professional theatre practitioners. Our workshops are specifically targeted for young people who are interested in developing skills in theatre performance and production. We are not a child care provider and do not fall under the Australian Government Child Care Benefit Scheme.

Do your workshops run by terms or semesters?

Our workshop programs run by semester and are in line with ACT school terms. The start and finish dates for our workshops are displayed in each individual workshop description.

If my child hasn’t done a Semester One workshop can they do Semester Two?

Yes, each semester is a unique program.

How do I know if my child/I will like drama workshops?

We often run Taster Workshops at the beginning of each year. Alternatively, you could try a short-term workshop such as our Holiday Program, or get in touch with our office to view an end of semester performance.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to withdraw from classes, we can offer a refund if it is within the first three weeks of the workshop program. This will be a pro-rata refund less an administration fee of $25 per enrolment. We are unable to provide refunds or waive invoices for withdrawals after week three. We are unable to provide refunds for withdrawals from Holiday Workshops. We are able to provide refunds for withdrawals from Masterclasses up to 14 days prior to the start date. In case of a workshop cancelled by us, the customer will be fully refunded. Membership fees are not refundable, except if purchased in link with a workshop cancelled by us.

As a parent, can I come and sit in on the workshop program?

If a participant has any access requirements, we will accommodate them as much as possible. If the participant does not have any access requirements, it is our policy that parents are to remain outside the workshop because:

  • It is the participants’ time to be creative with their peers.
  • It can be disruptive to the learning and creative process having non-participants in the space.
  • It can introduce an element of performance when the group is focused on exploration and development.
  • Some participants may become introverted or self-conscious with either parents or ‘strangers’ watching on.
  • All of our staff undergo a Working With Vulnerable Persons (WWVP) Clearance.

If your child is nervous, you are welcome to wait just outside the workshop so that they can find you easily. We have an End of Semester Performance for parents and friends to see the progress of their child in the program.

Which workshop is right for my child?

Our workshops are grouped by the year they are enrolled in at their school. For primary, either Years 1-3 or 4-6. For secondary, either 7-9 or 10-12. All participants must be seven years old on the first day of their workshop. It is important that all young artists are enrolled in the appropriate ensemble for their age in order to challenge and further develop their performance skills.

How does Canberra Youth Theatre assign Workshop Artists to workshops?

Workshop Artists are appointed by the Artistic Director based on their skills and expertise within the professional theatre setting, as well as their experience working with young people. As our Workshop Artists being professional artists in their own right, each semester they indicate their availability which then informs our scheduling for all our workshops across the company.

Do Canberra Youth Theatre Workshop Artists have to have a current Working With Vulnerable People clearance?

Yes, all staff employed by Canberra Youth Theatre involved in working with our young artists must hold a current Working With Vulnerable People clearance.

Once workshops have begun

What should we wear and bring to a workshop?

Participants should wear comfortable clothing they can move around in (no jeans or skirts) and bring a drink bottle.

What happens if my child will be absent from a workshop?

If you or your child will be absent from a class, please contact our office as early as possible so we can let the Workshop Artist know. Although some absences are unavoidable, it is important that all participants do their very best to attend all workshop sessions. In order for every member of the group to get the most out of their experience at Canberra Youth Theatre, we require commitment to weekly attendance.

As a parent, when can I see my child perform during workshops?

During the last or second last week of each semester, Canberra Youth Theatre holds end of semester performances. These are generally during the regular workshop times and are a wonderful opportunity to see the progress of your young artist.

How do I provide feedback about workshops?

If you have any questions regarding the enrolment process, or if you have feedback about our workshops or wish to discuss a problem, please put it in writing to programs@canberrayouththeatre.com.au and we will look into the matter and get back to you within three working days. If it is urgent, please call our office on 02 6248 5057.

Money & Payment

What is Membership and why do I need it?

Membership is included as a part of enrolment fees for workshops. If you are not enrolled in a workshop but participating in a production, a $25 joining fee applies and is valid for that calendar year.

Do you offer discounts?

Yes, if you enrol two or more siblings at once into one of our workshop programs you are entitled to receive our Sibling Discount. The Sibling Discount takes 5% off each participant’s workshop fee.

What is a payment plan and how do I organise one?

We offer a term-by-term payment plan option. This requires a first instalment upon enrolment and a second instalment at the end of the first term of the semester. Payment terms on invoices are a calendar month, before a 2% charge per calendar month overdue fee is applied. If you would like to discuss payment plans, please contact our office on 02 6248 5057 or email programs@canberrayouththeatre.com.au

Do you run classes on public holidays?

We do not run classes on public holidays, and these are not included in your fees.