The Joan is a venue presenting the best in music, theatre and dance and is also home to our teaching facility the Penrith Conservatorium of Music, which provides quality music education for students of all ages and abilities. More recently, the Q Theatre Company (formerly Railway Street Theatre Company and originally the Q) moved to The Joan. Building on the substantial legacy of the Q Theatre Company, we now provide theatre training to young people aged 5-18, and people with a disability, as well as making innovative and community-focused performances.
‘Student-focussed,’ says Connect Hearing of the Access Ensemble program, ‘everyone gets the most out of the training based on their individual needs.’ Our Access Ensemble performing arts course is ideal for anyone who is hard of hearing or deaf. We offer the chance to experience the thrill of the theatre – and to develop your skills in performance arts – in a professional environment. But the best part about the course is the tutors.They are the kind-hearted, compassionate, and professional teaching artists that know how to make the theatre come alive – they make learning acting, movement, and expression as fun as it should be.
Participants in Access Ensemble gain and develop:
- Theatre skills and experience in a professional theatre environment;
- Confidence in their own voice, body and expression;
- Friendships with exciting new people;
- New forms of expression;
- Confidence through engaging with wider audiences.
At the end of the course, students get to perform in front of the public in our state-of-the-art theatre. This gives everyone who becomes a cherished part of The Joan an experience to remember forever.
Access Ensemble builds the classes around the participants. For anyone who signs up, no matter what their ability, we tailor each session around them. We’ve had lots of students of all ages with a hearing loss and have created a perfect space in which to make new friends, build confidence and have some fun.
Come try it out and see what The Joan is about. You’ve got nothing to lose, and the theatre to gain.
(Salary range from $57,185 plus 9.5% super and 17.5% leave loading)
Here’s a great local opportunity to advance your career in arts management and marketing. Penrith Performing & Visual Arts comprises two of Western Sydney’s leading cultural institutions, the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest.
We are currently seeking a motivated and enthusiastic self-starter with a passion for arts marketing to join our team as our full-time Marketing Coordinator. This position underpins the day-to-day marketing activities across the visual and performing arts in an organisation with exciting growth potential at the heart of the burgeoning Western Sydney region.
The Marketing Coordinator will work across a range of activities including publicity, promotion, distribution, communication, social media, content development, advertising, design, writing, editing, website updates, customer relationship management, general administration, database management and reporting.
If you love the arts and thrive on a fast-paced and dynamic work program then this is the job for you. You will need top-notch organisational skills, a solid grounding in marketing principles and the ability to work across multiple campaigns with competing deadlines whilst maintaining a good sense of humour and a commitment to creativity.
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:
The Qis holding auditions for 16 young artists, 8 x theatre artists and 8 x musicians, (16 – 26) to take part in the 2017 ‘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: The Q is the resident theatre making program at The Joan.
ROLES: 16 young artists (16 – 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. Eight emerging theatre makers will collaborate with eight emerging musicians to create a new show about the here and now. Guided by Co-Directors from theatre and music the ensemble 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 emerge 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:
Those of you who attended Go Your Own Way will know that we experienced an air conditioning failure on the evening of 20 January.
First of all, let me apologise for any inconvenience experienced on the night with uncomfortable temperatures and slippery floors.
But you may be wondering what happened? I can assure you this was not a cost saving measure – but a sudden and unexpected system fault.
As you may know, our venue’s air-conditioning system is managed and controlled by Penrith City Council, and at present Council is upgrading and replacing the system right across the building. This includes a whole heap of complicated engineering details that I won’t even pretend to understand.
On the 20th something went wrong – but the system indicators did not register the fault – indicating all systems were working normally. Since then we have been working closely with Council to identify the cause of the failure and on communications protocols to ensure it does not happen again.
Thank you for your patience and loyalty, we are grateful to have you as part of The Joan’s community.
The Joan is currently seeking Casual Front of House (FOH) Staff to join our venue services team.
Applicants must have a current RSA, First Aid Certificate and NSW Working With Children Check as well as previous bar or hospitality experience &/or proven experience working in a similar role.
Applicants must be available to work evenings and weekends and may also on occasion be offered weekday shifts. The position is suited to a positive, professional and well-presented person who is comfortable with dealing with the general public. Maturity and common-sense are highly valued in the Front of House role.
Duties include ushering for performances and events, bar service, assisting with enquiries and ticket sales through the Box Office, set-up & clean-up for events, general customer service, and various other duties as directed by the FOH Supervisor.
To apply please send a current résumé detailing your experience, availability and including contact information for at least two referees to our Front of House Coordinator, Haydn Vredegoor – email@example.com
Closing Date for applications: Monday 13 February.
Thank you to all the parents and supporters for contributing to the success of our studioQ 2016 program! The Joan is busy preparing the studioQ program for 2017, which will include similar classes to our 2016 program:
Penrith Conservatorium of Music’s prestigious music scholarship applications are now open for 2017.
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The Conservatorium is again 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.
In 2017, seven high achieving, talented musicians will be awarded scholarships, helping set them on a pathway to professional music careers. The Conservatorium is offering the following scholarships:
The Richard Bonynge Scholarship for all instruments including voice One Scholarship: open to all students and general public.
The Mayoral Scholarship One Scholarship for 2017: open to all students and general public who live in the Penrith Local Government Area only.
Emerging Talent Scholarship One Scholarship for 2017: open to people age 12-18.
Malcolm Borland Scholarship – Piano only One Scholarship tuition for 2017: open to all students and general public, for piano only.
Regional Talent Scholarship One Scholarship for 2017: open to all students and the general public who live in the Penrith Local Government Area and who experience financial difficulty.
Penrith Conservatorium of Music Scholarships Two Scholarships for 2017: open to all students and general public for voice and instrument.
A Scholarship provides aspiring musicians with the opportunity to work with highly qualified teachers; tuition, musicianship and ensemble activity, and access to the Joan family of artists, mentors, classes and concerts – life changing opportunities that will continue to excite and engage young people and adults in the joy of making music.
“Being a scholarship recipient not only provided financial assistance, it provided the opportunity for me to have my achievements as a musician recognised. Over the years, it has given me the chance to be part of something very special – to perform in many events and concerts, to be noticed and to enjoy meeting people who know you – who have seen you perform. I have had the privilege to meet other gifted students and renowned musicians including the acclaimed Richard Bonynge. I am extremely thankful for these opportunities and to the Penrith Conservatorium of Music.” Diana Babajanyan recipient of the 2016 Richard Bonynge Scholarship.
Applications are now open and close at 5pm on Friday 16 December 2016.
An email confirming audition times will be sent by 5pm Friday 6 January 2017.
Auditions will be held on Wednesday 18 January 2017.
Apply Now » CAN I APPLY? You do not have to be a current student of Penrith Conservatorium of Music to apply for a scholarship.
You do need to be a resident of Greater Western Sydney.
You do need to be Grade 4 or higher for all instruments including voice.
Certain Scholarships are reserved for Penrith LGA residents only, or have age or financial hardship criteria.
HOW DO I APPLY? Application forms are available here or call us on 4723 7611. There is a $10 non-refundable application fee. Please carefully read the Terms and Conditions attached to the application form.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW? An audition timetable will be sent by email by 6 January 2017. There will be no deferred auditions.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR MY AUDITION? Candidates need to prepare two contrasting pieces of music that show their musical and technical abilities. The two pieces will be performed back to back with no break, and must not exceed eight minutes length in total.
Two copies of the music must be presented to the panel at the commencement of the audition.
Candidates will need to arrange their own accompanist if required.
WHAT ARE THE AUDITION CRITERIA? The audition panel will consider the applicant’s demonstration of:
solo performance technique.
The audition panel will allocate scholarships based on individual performance and the needs of the Conservatorium (eg to build up program/instrument areas).
NEED MORE INFORMATION?
Ticketing Services Officer, Penrith Conservatorium of Music
T: 4723 7611 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that Kate works on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only
You can also download the 2016 Scholarship Information Pack here.
Q LAB is The Q’s annual residency program. Projects included in Q LAB are selected through an annual open call process and are provided with artist fees, space, technical and dramaturgical support. 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.
Successful applications will receive:
$2000 in artist fees
2 x weeks space in the Allan Mullins Studio with dramaturgical and technical support
Start a conversation with The Q – Apply Now!
Applications open: 19 October 2016
Applications close: 25 November 2016
Successful projects will be notified December 2016
Over the first half of 2017 The Q will support four independent artists or groups of artists in the development of a new project. For a list of projects previously supported by the Q Lab program, click here.
Residency periods available in 2017 are:
9 January – 20 January
23 January – 3 February
6 February – 17 February
20 February – 3 March
If none of these residency periods are suitable for your project we encourage you to apply anyway and make a note of dates that would suit your project.
Q Lab is open to both emerging and established artists working across contemporary performance and theatre.
Apply now! NEW CLOSING DATE JUST ANNOUNCED – 12 December
Thanks to the support of Southlands, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts will provide $15,000 to the development of new projects by emerging artists. For the purpose of this award an emerging artist is defined as an artist regardless of age in the first five years of their professional practice.
Three breakthrough awards of $5000 each will be presented to artists working in the areas of music, visual arts or theatre. 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 six 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.
Tell us what is important for you to take the next step in your creative practice and how this Award would help you to make the leap. PP&VA will be eager to support your project in any way possible which may include creative mentorship, linkages to our programs, professional mentorship (ie support for developing CV, marketing of the project, networking, budgeting / planning advice etc) or the opportunity to work from our spaces across The Joan and Penrith Regional Gallery.
– 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 the local area its community and potential audiencesand have an ability to connect with the artistic programming of PP&VA will also be prioritised.
Successful artists will need to be prepared to share their experience at a public event in late 2017.
Who – Are you?
Send us a bio (200 words max) and a resume (2 page max) that outlines your work to date.
What – Would you like to make?
A short description of what you’d like to make/do including a working title for your project (20 – 50 words max).
When – Would you make it?
A breakdown of when you envision working on your project. This might include time for workshopping material, consulting with the creative team at The Joan/Gallery or deadlines for various aspects of your project (200 words max)
How – Would you make it?
A bit of background on what process or processes you’ll be drawing on throughout your project. If you’re working with collaborators or and partners this is a great chance to let us know about who they are and why they’re important for this project. Please also think about how you’d communicate with potential audiences about the project, including during a development process as well as any proposed public outcome. If you’re going to need additional support in terms of space or mentorship this is also a chance to outline any requests.
This is your chance to tell us how this project is important in your development as an artist, how it relates to the region and to us.
Together, your responses to How? and Why? should not exceed 1000 words.
Please send your proposals to e: email@example.com, drop it in by hand at the Box Office Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (597 High Street Penrith) or Reception at Penrith Regional Gallery (86 River Road Emu Plains) or send it by post to PO Box 2 Penrith NSW 2751
PP&VA Chairman Peter Anderson AM, Member for Lindsay Emma Husar MP, Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown and Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover
Penrith Performing and Visual Arts (PP&VA) is proud to announce a new partnership with Western Sydney University to help produce new cultural events and research projects.
Under the new arrangement, the two partners will work closely on developing innovative artistic programs and community events for the local region and beyond.
Students will also be given the opportunity to work at PP&VA organisations including the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith Conservatorium of Music, the Q Theatre and Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.
The agreement was signed by University Vice- Chancellor Professor Barney Glover and and PP&VA Chairman Peter Anderson AM at the opening of the Gravity (and Wonder) exhibition, a vibrant three-month program across the Penrith region that includes a range of events, workshops and programs.
Western Sydney University events as part of Gravity (and Wonder) include:
Astronomy Night Penrith Observatory, Saturday 8 October, 7pm – 9pm
Have you ever wondered about gravity? What is this invisible force that stops us from flying off into space as our planet rotates? How does the Moon stay in orbit around Earth? Why is the gravity of a black hole so strong? Join us for answers to these questions and more in our special Gravity (and Wonder) event in association with thePenrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.
Stargazing in the Garden Penrith Regional Gallery, Saturday 22 October, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Where art and science meet. Join us for a special Gravity (and Wonder) event being held at thePenrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest. Penrith Observatory’s new portable planetarium will be onsite and members from the Western Sydney Amateur Astronomy Group will have telescopes available to share the wonders of the night sky with guests.
Gravity Geeks Art + Science Symposium, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Saturday 5 November, 9am – 5pm
With Professor Fred Watson as its patron and Natasha Mitchell as MC, this event will bring together artists and STEM researchers, educators, students and audience. It will present the work of artists working with scientists to illuminate scientific concepts and related research concerning gravity.