StudioQ is Q Theatre’s training program

StudioQ is Q Theatre’s training program for young people (ages 5-18) and people living with a disability.

We believe that the best way to learn skills in theatre is to do what professional actors and directors do every day – participants will be considered a ‘young artist’ preparing for rehearsals and performances, led by a tutor who is actively involved in the theatre industry.


• To introduce young artists with an experience of the thrills and creative challenges of theatre arts practice

• To build all young artists’ confidence and self-expression in a professional theatre environment

• To build ensemble awareness, social skills, mutual respect and respect for theatre as a collaborative artform among all participants


Each term is designed to build on the learning of the previous terms. In addition to the learning within workshop sessions, participants have the opportunity to be audience members for selected performances in The Q Theatre, to develop their understanding and enjoyment of theatre arts practice.

At the end of Term 2 our young artists present a free Show & Tell performance, sharing theatre exercises and activities they have been working on with their family and friends. Term 4 is focussed on presenting the studioQ End of Year Showcase, an chance for each course to present a short (~10 minute) performance based on the ideas and skills they have created and developed throughout the year, presented in the Q Theatre and on sale to the General Public.

Click below (or click on individual programs in the menu to the right) for the full range of StudioQ courses available in 2018, including the course schedules each term, rates, the terms and conditions, and how to enrol and attend StudioQ at The Joan.




In these sessions filled with fun exercises and creative play our professional tutors lead participants on a journey exploring the fundamentals of acting, storytelling, voice and movement. Learn more…

STEPPING UP – Ages 9-12

Flex your creative muscles and explore your love of performing in a fun and supportive environment where the focus is on acting and improvisation skills. Learn more…

IGNITE – Ages 13-15

Ignite provides the perfect environment to discover your own creative voice. Participants explore more advanced concepts of acting theory, practice their improvisational skills, learn about different performance disciplines and create their own performance works. Learn more…

ACCELERATE – Ages 16-18

Accelerate gives students the confidence and skills needed to take their creative ideas to the marketplace and is the perfect complement to HSC Drama studies or preparation for tertiary performance training.

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ACCESS ENSEMBLE – Performing Arts for People with a Disability

Our Access Ensemble is designed for teens and adults with mild/moderate physical and intellectual disabilities to express their creativity through acting, music and movement.

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A Look Back… studioQ Showcase 2017 in pictures

Click the image above to browse a massive library of images from our studioQ Showcase 2018, celebrating the range of performances presented by our students at The Joan on Saturday, 2nd December 2018!

Credit: photos by Heidrun Lohr