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Holiday Workshops

We offer playful, fun-filled, creative workshops every school holiday.

Primary-aged programs ignite the imaginations of young people as they create spectacular worlds, tackle big ideas, discover new skills and unleash bucket-loads of energy in an inclusive, supportive environment.

Secondary-aged programs offer specialised intensives that develop performance skills and introduce young artists to new techniques in areas such as devising, movement, auditions, screen acting, musical theatre, and much more. See below for upcoming workshops and book your spot!

Current Holiday Programs

School’s out for summer!

Put the school bag away, the holidays are here and we are ready to party! Join us these summer holidays for a funky, fun-loving workshop. You’ll explore the classic stereotypes of summer with beach parties and surfing, family road trips, and good old backyard shenanigans – and bring them all together for a side-splitting summer vacay performance!

Who You Are

Are you in Years 1–6, and ready to unleash your creativity? In this fun-filled four-day workshop you’ll be led through practical exercises and creative play, collaborating with fellow-adventurers to sharpen your performance skills and fire your imagination!

Meet Your Workshop Artist

Rebecca Duke

Rebecca Duke is an emerging playwright from Tasmania. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Writing for Performance at The National Institute of Dramatic Art. In 2020, she was a resident artist at Canberra Youth Theatre. Despite the challenges COVID presented at the time she enjoyed being embedded in the life of the company and grew immensely as a theatre artist under the mentorship of Canberra Youth Theatre’s core staff. Ever since she has been involved in the company through the Emerge program, Scratch, and most joyfully, as one of the company’s Workshop Artists.


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WHOSchool Years 1-6
WHEN18-21 December 2023
9am–3pm daily
WHEREGorman Arts Centre, Braddon
COST$425

Worlds Apart

From the tallest of trees to bite-sized bees, join us for this adventure into worlds, big and small! Over these summer holidays, you’ll dive into the different worlds that exist within our own, from itty-bitty insects to giant creatures of the deep, existing within reality and across fictional worlds – you’ll get the chance to see it all!

Who You Are

Are you in Years 1–6, and ready to unleash your creativity? In this giant (and yet, tiny!) four-day workshop you’ll be led through practical exercises and creative play, collaborating with fellow-adventurers to sharpen your performance skills and fire your imagination!

Meet Your Workshop Artist

Rachel Robertson

Rachel has recently emigrated from Scotland. They graduated from Napier University with a BA(hons) in Acting and English Literature in 2017. They are one of the founding members of Storyboard Theatre, pieces of their work include the debut romantic classical fringe show The Shakespeares: Scenes from a Marriage written by Donna Soto Morettini and The Patient Prisoner by James Boal, written in response to 100 years of women winning the vote in Scotland. As well as this they worked as a drama assistant with Strangetown Co. and traveled to areas in Scotland delivering music workshops. Their ten years experience of the Edinburgh Fringe from performing, directing, stage management and technical work has prepared them for a world of theatrical oddities and they are excited to see what Canberra has in store.

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WHOSchool Years 1-6
WHEN8-11 January 2024
9am–3pm daily
WHEREGorman Arts Centre, Braddon
COST$425


Kids rule… the world!

You wake up and the adults are gone. Where have they gone? Who takes control? Are there rules? What’s the first thing you do? Do we celebrate? Or make a plan to get them back? Join us these summer holidays to explore the power of youth and what mischief you can get up to when the adults are gone!

Who You Are

Are you in Years 1–6, and ready to unleash your inner-adult? In this calmly chaotic four-day workshop you’ll be led through practical exercises and creative play, collaborating with fellow kids of the revolution to sharpen your performance skills and fire your imagination!

Meet Your Workshop Artists

Charlotte Palmer

Charlotte Palmer is a Canberra-based actor and has been a part of Canberra Youth Theatre since the age of 11. Throughout her time at the company she has participated in weekly workshops, masterclasses as well as the Company Ensemble (2019) and Emerge Company (2021). She completed a double-major in drama at school, obtaining the highest score within the subject three years in a row. She devised and directed her own show (2019), working with twelve actors aged 13–18 over two months. Charlotte is now studying a Bachelor of Secondary Education/Bachelor of Arts majoring in drama and English studies. She looks forward to working together with Canberra Youth Theatre as a workshop artist to create a platform where youth are empowered to use their voices and express themselves through theatre.

Ami McElle

Ami McElle is a passionate performer currently studying at The National Theatre (AdvDip Acting) in Melbourne. She has an extensive background in acting which covers film, theatre/music theatre and television. As well as acting, her performance experience extends into singing, dance and classical clarinet (DipMus)

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WHOSchool Years 1-6
WHEN15-18 January 2024
9am–3pm daily
WHEREGorman Arts Centre, Braddon
COST$425


Nothing But the Truth

This workshop will investigate the elements of Verbatim Theatre: a form of documentary theatre based on the spoken words of real people. Using interviews, speeches, letters, diary entries, and recordings of real conversations, participants will apply an artist’s eye to the humanity of history, researching, questioning, and gaining a greater understanding of events that spark their interest. With this material, you will create works of theatre that aim to faithfully represent your subject, while expressing your own point of view – discovering that the truth is rarely pure, and never simple…

Who You Are

A curious, creative investigator in Years 7–10, who wants the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Plus, get ready for the ultimate acting challenge: to represent real people on-stage!

What You’ll Learn

  • How to analyse, interpret and shape stories from real life, with an emotional truth.
  • How the skills of investigative journalism and theatre-making combine in a spirit of empathetic research, allowing you to delve deeper into a subject.
  • Observation and listening as a basis for creating authentic, original works of theatre.
  • The power of stories which are grounded in real experience, as impactful works of art, and tools for social change.

Meet Your Workshop Artist

Caitlin Baker

Caitlin Baker is an emerging actor, director, and theatre maker, heading into her fourth year of Arts/Law (Hon) at ANU. In 2022, Caitlin will be taking the helm as President of the ANU Shakespeare Society, producing their largest season yet, Kiss/Kill. This follows her performance in their inaugural production of Much Ado About Nothing (2019), and her direction of The Tempest (2021). Over the past few years, Caitlin has been deeply involved in the Canberra theatre scene, with other credits including Canberra Repertory Society shows Grapes of Wrath, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and The Governor’s Family, and most recently, the inaugural Emerge program’s Carpe DM. Deeply invested in the necessity of live performance, Caitlin is thrilled to take the next step in her career with Canberra Youth Theatre.

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WHOSchool Years 7-10
WHEN15-17 January 2024
10am–4pm daily
WHEREGorman Arts Centre, Braddon
COST$350


Game On!

Ready Player One? Let the action begin! Join us these summer holidays as we dive into the world of games – video and board – and see what it would be like to be a character in these worlds! What would it be like to be the Monopoly Man (that’s Milburn Pennybags to you)? Or Mario? How about a Sim? Time to find out!

Who You Are

Are you in Years 1–6, and ready to put those gamer skills to use?! In this world-bending four-day workshop you’ll be led through practical exercises and creative play, collaborating with fellow game-playing enthusiasts to sharpen your performance skills and fire your imagination!

Meet Your Workshop Artist

Ashleigh Butler

Ashleigh Butler is an actor, director, and theatre maker. She was a member of Canberra Youth Theatre’s Emerge Company in 2022, co-devising and acting in its final piece 503: Service Unavailable. Ashleigh works as a presenter at Questacon, creating explosions (bicarb and vinegar) on request, and demonstrating how ‘cool’ liquid nitrogen is. She has worked on the curation team of TEDxCanberra to bring talented local performers to their stage. In 2023, Ashleigh is also in her final year of studying a Bachelor of Secondary Education/ Bachelor of Arts.

Quinn Goodwin

Quinn Goodwin is a Canberra based actor and theatre maker. Originally working with Canberra Youth Theatre in 2019, as a part of the teen ensemble in Possibility she has since been a part of 2022’s How To Vote and the Emerge Company’s 503: Service Unavailable.Throughout the years she has appeared as Meg in Away, Allison in The Breakfast Club and directed her college’s production of Legally Blonde The Musical. Currently studying literature and cultural studies, Quinn is pursuing the development of independent projects which include building her performance, directing and writing skills.

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WHOSchool Years 1-6
WHEN22-25 January 2024
9am–3pm daily
WHEREGorman Arts Centre, Braddon
COST$425