Artist Opportunities

Creative Workshops

Our Creative Workshops are part of our hardcore hands-on support Fringe provides independent artists, helping them with the creative nuts and bolts to produce their work. Facilitated by leading practitioners, these workshops are designed to question and challenge contemporary art practice.

The Learnings of Embedding Access in Creativity

Monday 17 June, 4pm
Playhouse Stalls Foyer, Arts Centre Melbourne
Free tickets available here
Presented in association with Arts Centre Melbourne

Join Sarah Ward and Bec Matthews, lead creatives behind Queen Kong, and multi-talented performer Emma J Hawkins as they share their learnings and experiences about creating performance with access embedded at its heart. Facilitated by award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist Carly Findlay.

This is a wheelchair accessible and Auslan-interpreted event.

Intercultural Performance: Reframing Practice for Artists

Tuesday 18 June, 10am
Hamer Hall Stalls Foyer, Arts Centre Melbourne
$16 tickets available here
Presented in association with Arts Centre Melbourne

Reframe your storytelling practice with Emele Ugavule

This workshop is for artists who are interested in building language and skills around nurturing the vā (sacred space that balances relationships in harmony) within the rehearsal room and development processes. If you are a writer, director or theatre maker, you will learn tools that will allow you to reframe your practice in live performance.

As we see the increase of intercultural works grace Australia's theatre stages, there must be an increase in safe and ethical frameworks of engagement with artists and stories from Cultural and Linguistically diverse backgrounds. You are invited to investigate your own process as a practitioner, to unpack, learn, and exchange with like-minded peers through talanoa (sharing knowledge through conversation). Topics covered will include challenging the history and meaning of intercultural theatre, building safe spaces within colonial institutions, cultural appropriation, articulating your practice in your language, kinaesthetic development and how to overcome these challenges within the independent sector.

Note: This event is Auslan interpreted on request prior to June 14.

Intercultural Performance: Reframing Practice for Arts Workers

Wednesday 19 June, 10am
Hamer Hall Stalls Foyer, Arts Centre Melbourne
$16 tickets available here
Presented in association with Arts Centre Melbourne

Reframe your professional practice with Emele Ugavule

This workshop is for arts workers who are interested in building language and skills around nurturing the kaupapa (principles and ideas) that guide the vā (sacred space that balances relationships in harmony) embedded in organisational arts spaces. These workshops are especially designed for general managers, producers, executives and directors both independent or working within a company structure.

As we see the increase of intercultural works grace Australia's theatre stages, there must be an increase in safe and ethical frameworks of engagement with artists and stories from Cultural and Linguistically diverse backgrounds. You are invited to investigate your own process as a practitioner, to unpack, learn, and exchange with like-minded peers through talanoa (sharing knowledge through conversation). Topics covered will include challenging the history and meaning of intercultural theatre, translating meaningful community engagement into audience engagement, carving out sustainable pathways for emerging First Nations & Culturally and Linguistically Diverse artists, and prioritising self-determination for them within colonial infrastructure.

Note: This event is Auslan interpreted on request prior to June 17.

Queering Your Practice

Monday 24 June, 10am
Playhouse Foyer, Arts Centre Melbourne
$16 tickets available here
Presented in association with Arts Centre Melbourne

Explore how theatre artists, regardless of their identity, can create a queer friendly rehearsal room and creative process.

Run by Double Water Sign, namely Bridget Balodis, Kai Bradley and Rachel Perks, this four-hour workshop will involve discussions, work in small groups and practical exercises. Amongst other things, it will look at gender accessible language, intuitive devising processes, rehearsal room hierarchies and how to frame the body.

Traditional rehearsal practices support the making of a certain type of work; work that is white, cis-normative and hetero-centric. As we challenge and open conversations around form and content, so too must we challenge practice. We think it's important to articulate and share queer practice, fostering it within the community, so that it can offer a robust alternative to traditional theatre-making. We believe that feminist theatre making should always be intersectional in its approach, and work to include and celebrate the voices of queer, Trans and gender non-conforming artists.

Led by two non-binary artists and a cis-lesbian, this will be a safe and welcoming workshop designed to begin a conversation with emerging artists on making queer theatre, working with queer artists and getting comfortable with inclusive language.

Double Water Sign are the makers of ANGRY SEXX, GROUND CONTROL and MORAL PANIC. They blend devised and text based theatre, using speculative fiction to imagine queer feminist futures. Their work seeks to disrupt conventional narratives and explore how new modes and forms of storytelling are needed in order to tell the stories of those who have historically been excluded from the canon.

Note: This event is Auslan interpreted on request prior to June 20.