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

July 26, 2017

Vale Doreen Warburton

Categories: General, News, Press

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



The Q is 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:

5.00pm – 8.00pm | Thursdays 15/06/17 – 06/07/17

10.00am – 4.00pm | Sun 18/06/17

5.00pm – 8.00pm | Wednesdays & Thursdays 12/07/17 – 03/08/17

10.00am – 4.00pm | Sat & Sun 05/08/17 – 06/08/17

5.00pm – 9.00pm | Mon – Sat 07/08/17 – 12/08/17

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

TO AUDITION: Complete an application form by clicking here.


AUDITIONS HELD: 16/05/17 & 18/05/17

If you have any queries about your application, please email Claire.

February 23, 2017

An Apology from Us

Categories: General, News, Press

Dear Joan patrons

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.

Yours sincerely

Hania Radvan

January 11, 2017

Join our Front of House Team!

Categories: Jobs, News, Press

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 –

Closing Date for applications: Monday 13 February.

Click here to download the Position Description


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.

The Q provides:

  • $2000 cash for artist fees
  • Two weeks full time studio space during business hours within the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
  • Technical support (up to 6 hours)
  • Dramaturgical support (up to 6 hours)
  • Access to available studio lighting, sound and AV equipment
  • The opportunity for a public presentation
  • The work created and supported through Q Lab will be considered for further development with The Q


Selection Criteria:

  • Artistic rationale and process
  • Potential of project for development with The Q
  • Calibre of the artistic team and key personnel

We strongly encourage applications from artists that identify as Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, Culturally & Linguistically Diverse and/or have a demonstrated connection to Western Sydney.

Application Process:
Q lab applications should include the following:

  • Project proposal (max 2 pages)
  1. What do you want to do?
  2. How do you want to do it?
  3. Who is involved?
  4. Why do you want to do it now?
  • Names and biographies of proposed artist/ artistic teams. (max 2 pages)
  • Contact number and your current post code
  • Preferred time for your residency
  • Optional – Examples of previous work

(5 photos, 10 minute maximum show reel or web link)

  • Files total should not exceed 10mb in total. If your support material exceeds this limit please use a file sharing platform such as Dropbox or call us to troubleshoot.

Applications should be sent to Nick Atkins via email –  with the subject heading: ‘Q Lab – Insert Project Title.’

* If successful, residency dates will be subject to negotiation.

For further information you can email Nick or give him a call on (02) 4723 7623.

Black Birds was part of Q Lab in 2016 and will be presented as part of The Q’s public program in 2017.
Image – Ayeesha Ash, Photographer – Alana Dimou

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Apply now!

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.

Selection Criteria:


–          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 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.

To Apply:

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.

Good luck!

Please send your proposals to e:, 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

If you have any questions please call Hania on 4723 7609 or email

Proposals must be received by close of business (that is by 5pm) on Monday 12 December 2016


mou-signing-peter-anderson-am_-emma-husar-mp_mayor-karen-mckeown_prof-barney-gloverPP&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.

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Box Office apologises to anyone who experienced a system error whilst booking tickets to the BMNDF last week. Our ticketing systems supplier is investigating.

In the mean time we hope you now have your tickets and encourage you to contact our Box Office if you require further assistance.


Penrith Performing & Visual Arts to partner with Celestino

working together to develop Western Sydney through creativity

Following a successful pilot investment in 2015 which enabled 150 students from economically disadvantaged areas to experience an exceptional international dance theatre performance live at The Joan, Celestino and Penrith Performing & Visual Arts (PP&VA) are proud to announce a new, future-facing partnership that sees both parties deepen a commitment to developing Western Sydney through creativity.

Building on a platform of shared goals and a mutual desire to work cooperatively for the benefit of the Western Sydney region, the partnership will enable advancement across several key areas of activity. These include:

Ensemble Program – As Penrith Conservatorium of Music’s inaugural Ensembles partner, Celestino will assist in building a growing pool of young musicians with new skills in performance. This in turn builds on Penrith and Western Sydney’s reputation as the heart of young musical endeavour.

Access opportunities for students will be provided through subsidised tickets for over 200 students across Western Sydney schools. As well as providing transformational creative experiences for students, this support also enables PP&VA to keep programming the highest quality performances which embed a love of theatre in young audiences.

Attention will also be turned to activating spaces. Celestino and PP&VA will work together to build a new sense of destination and the kernel of a Creative Penrith brand through Friday Night Lights at The Joan – a place where the artists are talented locals across all musical genres and the food and drink offers focus on local growers and makers.

The partners are also exploring further opportunities linking arts and science, including support for Gravity (and Wonder), a joint visual and performing arts project currently in development by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and PP&VA and involving the Western Sydney University which will be delivered at Penrith Regional Gallery, the Joan and the Observatory at the Kingswood campus later this year.

Celestino’s CEO John Vassallo, a long-time supporter of visionary projects, said “This partnership underscores Celestino’s firmly held desire to offer a raft of great cultural opportunities to the local community. We are thrilled to continue our work with PP&VA – our partner in creativity.”

PP&VA’s CEO, Hania Radvan, is optimistic the partnership marks the beginning of a long-term relationship that will advance PP&VA’s work to build audiences and creative capacity in Western Sydney now and into the future.

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