Youth and Participation
La Boite Theatre Company is passionate about cultivating the next generation of performers in the Queensland arts industry. From our work with children in our School Holiday Workshops to our celebrated Ambassadors program, La Boite is a leading force in arts education.
Young artists company
THE YOUNG ARTISTS COMPANY (YAC) ENSEMBLE is a theatre making program for passionate young artists interested in furthering their skills. It is open to young performers, writers, and production creatives in grades 9-12 who are passionate about learning and making new theatre work.
The YAC Ensemble is interested in bringing together talented young theatre makers with professional artists to create new, relevant and exciting youth arts projects. This work will then be presented to La Boite Theatre audiences.
Facilitator: David Burton
Work focused on: Swipe Right
David Burton with La Boite’s YAC Ensemble
‘Swipe Right’ is an exploration of the first generation to have multiple digital identity disorder. We have more power in the palm of our hands than the Kings and Queens of old ever dreamt of. We are mini Gods. We create and we destroy each other. The ethics, etiquette and ecstasy of the online experience is being written now, by us.
What will we do with all that power?
To express your interest in this program please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The La Boite Ambassador program will change a little in 2017.
We are looking for forty young passionate artists and theatre lovers who want to deeply engage with La Boite for the entirety of 2017.
The La Boite Ambassador program aims to support young people with a passion for theatre by imbedding them in the company, valuing their opinions and offering them opportunities to engage and learn.
What you will get:
- Access to La Boite shows, rehearsal rooms, staff and creatives
- Free Theatre Tickets
- Opportunities to tailor your Ambassador year based on your passions
- Spend the year working with like-minded peers
- Create content and showcase your skills with La Boite
- Participate in specifically designed ambassador only events and workshops
- Examples of specifically designed experiences: Buddying with a staff member for a day or a few hours, sitting in on rehearsals, tech rehearsals and dress runs, interning on specific projects, meeting with staff to discuss career trajectories etc.
Junior Ambassadors: Students in Grades 10-12
Senior Ambassadors: Young people aged 18-25
TO BE A 2017 LA BOITE AMBASSADOR
Answer the three questions about yourself and your desire to be an ambassador. We encourage you to be creative with your answers: write it, film it, dance it, sing it, rap it – whatever best suits you.
Applications must not exceed 600 words or 3 minutes in length.
Send you applications to email@example.com by midnight Wednesday 15 February, 2017.
For any questions or clarity contact our Youth and Participation Producer firstname.lastname@example.org
School holiday workshops
Do your kids love to perform? Give them the opportunity to get creative during the school holidays, with our exciting and hands-on holiday workshops. Our week long classes focus on creativity, confidence building and collaboration, all topped off with a custom made show for family and friends! From puppetry to musicals, there will always be something new offered to cater to and delight young minds.
Markwell presents workshop
A one day workshop for kids 6-12 with Markwell presents
Date: Wednesday 27 September, 9.00AM – 4.00PM
Family workshop (2 adults, 2 kids)
A workshop addition and tickets to the show on Saturday 30 September for families – it’ll be a workshop at 12:00 before the show.
Cost: $230. Two adult tickets and two child tickets
More information or to enrol, please email email@example.com
Assistant Creatives Program
In 2017 La Boite will launch our first Assistant Creatives Program. This program provides the opportunity for emerging or mid-career artists to work on a La Boite production. These paid positions enable creative artists to learn from senior theatre practitioners about the process of developing shows for large scale companies and specifically for our unique Roundhouse Theatre. During each project, participants will shadow the creatives in rehearsal, attend weekly production meetings, and observe the bump-in of a show in the theatre through to opening night.
This program is open to directors, dramaturgs, sound designers, stage designers, costume designers and AV designers (pending available positions to be matched with)
These are paid positions commensurate with working part time over a four week rehearsal period.
To apply for this program please email Creative Producer Sanja Simic on firstname.lastname@example.org with a short letter that covers these questions, as well as a current CV.
Why do you want to participate in La Boite’s Assistant Creatives Program? What do you hope to learn?
What’s your experience in working in theatre?
Rate from 1 – 5 the shows in 2017 season you are most interested to work on. Shows available are Single Asian Female, Lady Beatle, The Village, Blackrock, Laser Beak Man.
You have until Saturday 24 December 2016 to submit your application for the Assistant Creatives Program 2017.
Assistant Creatives 2017
Congratulations to the Assistant Creatives of 2017
Ayeesha Ash, Assistant Director of The Village
Silva A Sal, Assistant Director of The Village
Matt Seery, Assistant Director of Blackrock
Christen O'Leary One-Off Masterclass
Scene Work and Script Analysis with Christen O’Leary
From page to stage. This one-off masterclass with iconic Brisbane actor Christen O’Leary is intended for actors and performers interested in expanding their skills in contemporary text-based performance. Learn Christens tricks of the trade in a masterclass that will focus on research and response to text, analysing dramatic action, character development and more!
Date: Tuesday 24 October, 6-9PM
Skill Level: Intermediate or trained actors and artists
About Christen O’Leary
Christen O’Leary is a highly accomplished actor with an extensive string of theatre credits to her name having worked with major theatre companies around Australia.
Christen has previously performanced with La Boite Theatre Company in Blackrock, Medea and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has performed in many Queensland Theatre Company productions including Much Ado About Nothing, Gloria, The Seagull, Bombshells, The Cherry Orchard, The Game of Love and Chance,The Marriage of Figaro, The Beaux Stratagem, Gilgamesh, The Threepenny Opera, The Woman Before and the premiere production of Wesley Enoch’s The Sunshine Club. Also with the Queensland Theatre Company but in conjunction with the Melbourne Theatre Company was the production of Ladies In Black. For the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Queensland Theatre Company, she performed in the highly acclaimed End of the Rainbow. With the Melbourne Theatre Company, Christen was engaged in Ruby Moon, Don Juan in Soho, The Rover, Wednesday to Come, Cosi, Assassins, A Little Night Music, Company, Hinterland, Man in the Balloon, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Urinetown The Musical, The World’s Wife and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Her work with the Sydney Theatre Company includes The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Urinetown The Musical and The Threepenny Opera. For the Malthouse Theatre, Christen has worked on Porn Cake, Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd and for Playbox, Ruby Moon, Tear From a Glass Eye and The Goldberg Variations. Over 2010 and 2011, Christen performed with The Production Company’s The Boy From Oz, receiving generous critical acclaim. In 2014 she toured with HIT Productions in their one woman show Bombshells.
Christen was recently seen on the small screen in the internationally acclaimed drama Wentworth. Her work in other television series includes Neighbours, Rush, Blue Heelers and the mini-series Hoges, a story based on the life of Paul Hogan. Most recently, Christen appeared in the Kriv Stenders directed feature film Australia Day, which debuted to critical acclaim at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival.
Christen has won a Matilda Award for her role as ‘Judy Garland’ in End of the Rainbow for Queensland Performing Arts Centre as well as receiving a Helpmann Award nomination. She won a Helpmann Award for her performance in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and has been nominated for Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd and Urinetown The Musical. She has been nominated for seven Greenroom Awards, winning twice for her work in A Little Night Music and Company.
8 Week Acting Masterclass with Chris Beckey
8 Week Acting Masterclass Series: Working with Classic Texts with Chris Beckey
Work with actor, performer and theatre maker Chris Beckey to hone your skills when working with Classic texts. Chris will guide you through the conventions for working with some of the most iconic texts in canon. Throughout the eight week program you will work with Shakespearean, other Elizabethan, Greek and contemporary scripts – from the poetic to the tragic and everything in between. This is an exciting opportunity for you, along with a small group of actors, to improve your performance skills, get some one on one time with an incredible artist, and develop a better understanding of different forms of language. This is an 8 week program not to be missed!
Date: Monday October 9 – Monday 27 November (8 weeks)
To apply for the La Boite Acting Masterclass Series please email email@example.com or call us on (07) 3007 8600, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
About Chris Beckey –
Chris Beckey is one of the Associate Artistic Directors of The Danger Ensemble, a Brisbane-based contemporary theatre and performance company. He has performed in the company’s productions of The Hamlet Apocalypse (2017), Macbeth (2017), Caligula (Judith Wright Centre, 2014), The Wizard of Oz (co-production with La Boite Theatre and Brisbane Festival, 2013), and Loco Maricon Amor (2012). He has also worked for the company as a dramaturg, writer, and assistant stage manager. Chris was a founding member of Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre and has worked as a theatre maker and performer throughout Australia. For La Boite Theatre, Chris has appeared in A Paper House (2001), The Wizard of Oz, and A Doll’s House (co-production with Brisbane Festival, 2014). He has also appeared in productions by Queensland Theatre Company, Merrigong Theatre (Wollongong), Fractal Theatre, and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, amongst others. He has taught workshops and programs for many of these companies and is currently the Workshop Co-ordinator at Backbone Youth Arts.