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Q Theatre is holding auditions for 16 young artists, 8 x theatre artists and 8 x musicians, (18 – 26) to take part in the 2018 ‘Originate’ project. This is a skills development project that results in a public outcome. The show will be presented in the Allan Mullins Studio at The Joan, Penrith.

PRODUCER: Q Theatre is the resident theatre making program at The Joan.

ROLES: 16 young artists (18 – 26). Within this we’re looking for 8 theatre makers and 8 musicians.

EXPERIENCE: Performers of various levels of experience are encouraged to apply. A background or interest in devising new work will be an advantage.

OBJECTIVE: ‘Originate’ seeks to up-skill early-career artists in the areas of new work development, cross art form practice and to facilitate new collaborations.

THE SHOW: ‘Originate’ is where ideas start. An ensemble of emerging theatre makers will collaborate with an ensemble of emerging musicians to create a new show about the here and now. Guided by Co-Directors from theatre and music, the group will move through a workshop process that dreams a new performance from the ground up. ‘Originate’ is a holding title for a performance that is yet to be developed and will be defined by the thoughts, beliefs, hopes and fears of the ensemble. Watch this space.

AVAILABILITY: To be considered for inclusion in the project artists must be available for the following dates:

5.00pm – 8.00pm | Wednesdays 23/05/18 – 13/06/18

10.00am – 4.00pm | Saturday & Sunday 26/05/18 – 27/05/18

5.00pm – 8.00pm | Wednesdays & Thursdays 20/06/18 – 12/07/18

10.00am – 4.00pm | Saturday & Sunday 14/07/18 – 15/07/18

5.00pm – 9.00pm | 16/07/18 – 21/07/18

7.30pm onwards | 19/07/18 – 21/07/18

COST: There is no charge for participation in this program.

TO AUDITION: Complete an application form by clicking here.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 18/04/18

AUDITIONS HELD: 02/05/18 & 03/05/18

If you have any queries about your application, please email Emele at emele.ugavule@penrith.city

CURRENT VACANCY – APPLY NOW!

MUSIC COORDINATOR – PART-TIME

Are you passionate about music education? Interested in the role music can play in people’s lives? The thrill of live performance and new ideas and initiatives in music? Then we’d love to hear from you.

The Joan is on the lookout for a Music Coordinator to play a vital role in supporting and developing music education and engagement activities across genres.

Working as part of the Penrith Conservatorium of Music team, the Music Coordinator implements and supports music education programs with a focus on the Penrith Youth Orchestra (delivered in partnership with Penrith Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra) and ensembles. Through these programs, the Music Coordinator will also build access and understanding around music performance and career pathways, as well as working toward the highest level of visitor experience for all teachers, students, parents and partner organisations.

The Music Coordinator will also assist in supporting links to of a range of music programming and engagement strategies via the Conservatorium, community, commercial and entrepreneurial programs.

To apply please send a current résumé detailing your experience, availability and including contact information for at least two referees to Dave Garner, Business Manager: dave.garner@penrith.city

For more information please contact Hania Radvan, Chief Executive Officer hania.radvan@penrith.city.

Download the Position Description here.

Closing Date for applications: Tuesday 3 April, midnight.

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people who visit us as students, performers or audience. We aim to provide a safe and inspirational place for children and young people to learn, participate and experience.

Friday 9 February 2018

The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre has been made aware of allegations against Therese Ann Cook and Yyani Rose Cook-Williams of The Arcade Circus based in the Blue Mountains.

Both have been previously contracted to The Joan as tutors. Therese Cook between January 2013 and September 2017, and Yyani Cook-Williams from June 2013 to January 2018.

The allegations are not connected with The Joan, nor have any team members been involved in the police investigation to date. The Joan has only learnt of these allegations through media reports.

Child safety is a key priority for The Joan and all activities are delivered under strict policies and procedures. This includes all staff working with children maintaining a current working with children check, the provision for parents and carers to remain in the room with their child if they choose to, and management conducting random and regular checks during classes.

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts upholds these policies and procedures in delivering arts programs for children and young people of all ages and abilities.

As this matter is under Police investigation and currently before the Courts, The Joan will be making no further comment.

Hania Radvan
Chief Executive Officer

Thanks to the support of Southlands, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts will provide $15,000 to the development of new projects by early career artists.

Three breakthrough awards of $5000 each will be presented to artists, alongside an assigned mentor artist, working in the areas of music, visual arts or theatre. For the first time, one of these awards will be reserved for a First Nations artist.

The awards are designed to support artists to develop a new idea, concept, draft, design or outcome for a project at a critical juncture in their career over a four month period.

This might take the form of the first draft of a new play, a series of works that outline a vision for an extended work or the recording of a new song or composition. Curators, producers and directors are also encouraged to submit proposals for projects. Artists whose practice defies art form categorisation, works at the intersection of artforms or who are particularly interested in community impact and access are also encouraged to apply.

*For the purpose of this award an early career artist is defined as an artist regardless of age in the first five years of their professional practice.*

Selection Criteria:

Eligibility

– Individuals

– Artists based in Greater Western Sydney – and west to Orange

Project Rationale: Successful projects proposals will be clear, viable and demonstrate artistic ambition.

Demonstrated Ability: Successful artists will demonstrate a commitment to creative practice and have a track record of delivering a project.

Potential for Impact: Projects where there is the potential for significant impact on the career of the emerging artist will be prioritised.

Relevance and Resonance: Projects that resonate or respond to the creative context of its potential audiences and have an ability to connect with the artistic programming of PP&VA will also be prioritised.

Successful artists will be expected to:

– be available to progress project between April and July

– participate in three group workshops with assigned mentors and

– showcase their work in progress in the Q in July

CLICK HERE TO APPLY! »
Good luck!

If you have any questions, please contact Emele on emele.ugavule@penrith.city

Proposals must be received by midnight 1st March 2018

(Pictured: Victoria Garcia, 2017 Southlands Breakthrough Award Recipient)

Applications for the 2018 Music Scholarships are now open!

Penrith Conservatorium of Music is excited to announce its prestigious music scholarship program for 2018.

Penrith Conservatorium of Music, housed at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is driven by a passion for music that has enriched the lives of the local community for over 28 years.

Penrith and the local region are homes to a wealth of musical talent and the Conservatorium is committed to developing and nurturing this talent.

The Conservatorium is offering seven highly sought-after Scholarships through a competitive application and live audition process. The Scholarships recognise future potential and provide the chance for students to take their gift to the next level.

At the heart of the Conservatorium’s Scholarships program is a team of over 20 tutors all with outstanding qualifications as both performers and teachers offering individual tuition from beginner through to AMEB Grade 8 and beyond to concert standard. Many students go on to become musicians and music educators themselves.

Thanks to the generosity of Penrith City Council, donors and benefactors, seven scholarships are open to all instruments including voice, contemporary and classical, students of violin, viola, cello, flute, and guitar. Students and non-students of Penrith Conservatorium of Music are encouraged to apply for this coveted opportunity.

Up-coming musicians who are awarded a scholarship will work with highly qualified teachers and tutors; receive subsidized tuition; experience musicianship and ensemble activity; and, gain access to The Joan family of artists, mentors, courses and concerts – all life changing opportunities that continue to excite and engage students and provide young musicians with very exciting prospects for the future.

The Conservatorium is now calling for applicants for the 2018 scholarships!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

November 8, 2017

TWO new jobs open for applications!

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Executive Producer, Performing Arts

Full-time | 3 year contract
Closing Date: Friday 15 December 5pm (to start before end January 2018)

We are seeking an experienced all-round arts programmer with creative flair, excellent project management and delegation skills and broad industry networks to lead and develop artistic, community and cultural growth at one of Western Sydney’s most dynamic and exciting performing arts venues: the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (The Joan).

Read more and download the position description…

Penrith Conservatorium Manager

Part-time | 12 month contract
Closing Date: Friday 15 December 5pm (to start before end January 2018)

Penrith Conservatorium, housed within the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, has been delivering innovative and outstanding music education since 1990. Incorporating the fledgling Penrith Youth Orchestra (a partnership with the Penrith Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestras supported by the Crown Resorts and Packer Family Foundations), individual tuition and ensemble programs, the Conservatorium is well-established and successful with yet to be realised potential.

Read more and download the position description…

HOW TO APPLY

Please carefully consider the Position Description, including the Essential and Desirable Skills, Qualifications and Experience, and prepare an application that references these. Include an up to date Resume and two referees, and email to:

Dave Garner, Business Manager, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts: dave.garner@penrith.city

If you have questions about the role please contact Hania Radvan, CEO PP&VA hania.radvan@penrith.city

Please always be sure to follow our Tips for Applying as you work through your application.

Q LAB – A space for new ideas, projects and possibilities

CALLOUT FOR 2018 Residency Applications | Apply Now

Bananas and Coconuts – Q LAB 2017. Creative team: Joel Burrows, Disapol Savetsila, Isabel Moon. Photo: Joshua Bentley.

Q LAB is Q Theatre’s annual residency program. Projects are selected through an open callout process and are provided with financial assistance and space as well as technical and dramaturgical support for dedicated creative development.

Q LAB is based on a commitment to supporting the development of independent artists and projects in the local Western Sydney area and the vibrancy that occurs as a result.

Building on the successes of previous residency programs, Q Theatre invites artists with a passion for Creative Penrith, to apply for a Q LAB ’18 Residency.

 “Q Theatre wants to help you dream up something big” Nick Atkins, Creative Producer

Q Theatre

Growing out of the legacy of the Q Theatre Company and over 50 years of stellar ground breaking theatre-making, Q Theatre helps to make The Joan a perfect place to imagine, create, build, design and experiment, test ideas or explore new collaborations and contexts.

Q Theatre embraces new work and brings together emerging and established local talent with artists from all across Australia to make theatre for and from the people of Penrith. With a focus on contemporary theatre projects Q Theatre is home to directors, playwrights, actors, musicians, digital artists and the many creatives who find themselves somewhere in between. Based at The Joan, there is a place for dedicated creative development for theatre makers big and small.

Advocating for new voices, alternate points of view, an investigation of distinctive new forms, and consistently challenging and reinvigorating art form practice, Q Theatre helps to reimagine what theatre can be, and who it is for!

We can’t think of a better way to help you develop your creative way of experiencing the world and the story you have ready to be told.

Start a conversation with Q Theatre – Apply Now!

The Q’s Artist in Residence Program Q Lab is now open.  Successful applicants will receive:

  • $2000 in artist fees
  • 2 weeks’ space in the Allan Mullins Studio with dramaturgical and technical support

Applications close: 22 November 2017.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

September 14, 2017

We are hiring! Associate Producer

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Penrith Performing & Visual Arts | Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

Associate Producer

Penrith Location | 15 hours per week | LGA Level 6

CLOSING DATE Wednesday 4 October (midnight)

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is on the hunt for an Associate Producer, a part-time role working alongside the Creative Producer – New Work and Development and a team of seasonal creatives to deliver Q Theatre’s annual season of projects at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

This role calls for innovation while working to a project brief, and works closely across all teams including technical and venue to ensure smooth delivery of events. It requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills, practical know-how and a flair for organisation as well as creative thinking.

Building audiences, maintaining relationships, documenting, reporting, strategizing and coordinating are all part of the work of the Associate Producer, and priorities shift in accordance with the annual program.

HOW TO APPLY

Please carefully consider the Position Description, including the Essential and Desirable Skills, Qualifications and Experience, and prepare an application that references these. Include an up to date Resume and two referees, and email to:

Dave Garner, Business Manager, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts: dave.garner@penrith.city

If you have questions about the role please contact Nick Atkins, Creative Producer, New Work and Development: nick.atkins@penrith.city

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER POSITION DESCRIPTION HERE

August 10, 2017

We are hiring! Night Coordinators x 2

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Night Coordinators – Two part-time roles (Data and Events | Customer Experience)

Penrith Location | approx. 15 hours per week each

LGA Level 5

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is on the hunt for two Night Coordinators, part-time complementary roles that work as part of the broader Venue Services team across the range of educational, artistic, community and Conservatorium programs of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

A well-presented, skilled communicator, the Night Coordinator is responsible for security, ticketing and venue services primarily during rehearsal and teaching evening periods. You will need to have skills across a specialised range of systems, excellent communication skills and the ability to think laterally to help coordinate information and services across the diverse teams and extended operating hours of The Joan.

The Night Coordinator – Data and Events will also assist in information collection, reporting and analysis; and the Night Coordinator – Customer Experience will assist in the design and maintenance of collateral and displays across the organisation.

Closing Monday 28 August (midnight)

HOW TO APPLY

Please carefully consider the Position Description, including the Essential and Desirable Skills, Qualifications and Experience, and prepare an application that references these. Include an up to date Resume and two referees, and email to:

Dave Garner, Business Manager, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts: dave.garner@penrith.city

If you have questions about the role please contact Haydn Vredegoor, Venue Operations Coordinator: haydn.vredegoor@penrith.city

NIGHT COORDINATOR – DATA AND EVENTS | MORE INFORMATION AND POSITION DESCRIPTION HERE

NIGHT COORDINATOR – CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE | MORE INFORMATION AND POSITION DESCRIPTION HERE

July 26, 2017

Vale Doreen Warburton

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Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd, operators of the Q Theatre and holders of the Q legacy

We mourn the passing of Doreen Warburton OBE (1930 – 2017)

Founder of the Q Theatre and inspiration to generations of  theatre makers.

Long will your work live on in Penrith and through your students and colleagues.

Condolences to friends and family

Vale

provides a focal point for performing arts activity in the Western Sydney Region