The Joan Holiday Theatre Workshops (13 – 17 Years)

Voice and Movement: including accents, Shakespeare’s voice, sound exploration, stage combat and physical theatre.

The Joan’s school holiday theatre workshops provide specialised theatre making workshops for young performing artists this January.

Here’s a great opportunity for your young artists to enjoy new aspects in theatre-making, and share the experiences with new friends over their summer holidays!

13 to 17 years (22, 23, 24 January, 10am-3pm each day)

Fees: see the individual programs below for course fees

Enrolment: there are two steps to confirming your young artists for our Summer Holiday Theatre Workshops:

  1. Click on Buy Tickets Link under a course below to purchase your chosen workshops; then,
  2. Complete the form at the Enrolment Link above or click here. Once completed, click the submit button: You will receive an email confirming your young artist’s enrolment within 24 hours.

Contact the Theatre Programs Coordinator Ian Zammit with any queries about the program on 02 4723 7606 or ian.zammit@penrith.city

Program: Young artists can attend specialised workshops in voice, movement and stage combat skills, from the courses below:

VOICE CREW (23 & 24 Jan)

A variety of vocal techniques and skills to aid developing young voices for the stage. Purchase just one workshop, or packages of two workshops a day or the full range of four workshops over two days!

Teaching artist: Linda Nicholls-Gidley is a voice and dialect coach teaching across many of Australia’s drama schools, in addition to having a strong corporate training profile, including presentation skills for Australia’s Channel 9, Channel 10, the ABC, SBS, and Fairfax Digital. Linda has worked on theatre and musical productions around Australia including Stop Kiss at ATYP, the World Tour of Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon – Arena Spectacular, and the Australian Tour of Annie – The Musical. Linda is a member of the full-time staff at NIDA, where she has coached hundreds of students throughout their studies and productions.

Workshops include:

Expressive Voice (23 Jan 10am-12.30pm) *Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled due to low numbers

Designed to assist young actors in an age of text and twitter with their verbal communication, exploring their vocal range and communication possibilities through ‘vocal perspectives’ exercises, using modern and classical text.

Shakespeare’s Voice (23 Jan 1-3pm)

For young actors who find Shakespeare wordy and unapproachable, this workshop will allow them to find their own voice in the character.

Buy Tickets »

Sensory Exploration of Sound (24 Jan 10am-12.30pm) *Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled due to low numbers

A visceral sensory exploration of the sounds we make – and how to make them safely. Learn to make amazing sounds emerge through kinaesthetic, aural, visual and olfactory exercises without harming your voice.

Accents for Acting (24 Jan 1-3pm)

This workshop will provide students with a system they can skilfully apply to acquiring an accent – a skill required of many actors in roles spanning the world’s cultures and periods throughout history.

Buy Tickets »

Fees: $30 per workshop

Enrolment: Click on the Buy Tickets Link to purchase workshops and complete the form at the Enrolment Link above to confirm your young artist for this Summer’s Theatre workshops.


MOVEMENT CREW (22, 23, 24 Jan)

Stage Combat and Physical Theatre full-day workshops. Purchase a single day’s workshop, or packages of the full range of four workshops over three days!

Workshops include:

Stage Combat Workshops (22 January 10am-3pm)

Learn the basics of stage combat! Join the Stage Combat Crew to participate in a full day of workshops, with local stage combat experts from Swordplay, introducing participants to the safety aspects, rules of engagement and basic skills for armed combat and unarmed combat for the stage.

Teaching artist: Karin Kennedy is the head fight director and instructor of Swordplay School of Theatrical Fencing and Stage Combat with schools in Campbelltown and Blacktown. Karin training includes: 40 years fencing experience initiated under Master Rolland Von Zopf; 5 years Judo; 7 years Tae Kwon Do; 5 years Japanese Sword; a 1st Dan Black Belt in Korean Sword Art under the World Haidong Gumdo Federation; certified under the British Academy of Dramatic Combat in Rapier (Gold Level) & Hutton Sabre (High Silver Level); and Black Belt for Weapons Instruction in International Pankreation. Karin also choreographed for the Atlas Sports Club the Greek Polydarmus story for the Pankreation Games; Romeo & Juliet for Sydney Shakespeare Company; Hamlet for Emu Heights Theatre Company; and fight sequences for Torneo Capo Ferro, Italy.

Fees: $60 per day

Buy Tickets »

Physical Theatre Workshops (23 & 24 Jan 10am-3pm) *Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled due to low numbers

Teaching artist: Goldele Rayment is a performing arts practitioner, teaching artist and journalist based in Sydney. Goldele is the founding director of Company of Rogues theatre company and is also currently the Artistic Program Coordinator at Milk Crate Theatre  managing a range of theatre workshop and mentorship programs. Goldele’s training includes internments with Shopfront Contemporary Youth Arts, Zen Zen Zo and Back to Back Theatre. Goldele’s theatre credits are extensive and include No Place Like with Milk Crate Theatre & Riverside Theatre, Out of Line with Shopfront Contemporary Youth Arts and ATYP, and A Fractured Feeling at Adelaide Fringe Festival and National Theatre.

There are two workshops available, each workshop running over one day:

Physical Theatre – Characterisation (23 Jan 10am-3pm) *Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled due to low numbers

Introduces techniques to help actors create unique and defined characters beyond their personal habits and natural movement, and help actors to trigger emotional states in a safe manner without having to access their personal psychological history.

Physical Theatre – Devising (24 Jan 10am-3pm) *Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled due to low numbers

Covering Viewpoints and Composition techniques, developing artist flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement while allowing a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively, and to generate bold, theatrical work quickly.

For all workshops, participants can join for a single workshop, or for multiple days of the program to enjoy a range of theatre skills on offer.

Voice Crew: $30 per workshop

Movement Crew: $60 per day

  • Monday, Jan 22 2018 10:00am
  • Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 10:00am
  • Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 10:00am

The Joan’s school holiday theatre workshops provide specialised theatre making workshops for young performing artists this January.

Here’s a great opportunity for your young artists to enjoy new aspects in theatre-making, and share the experiences with new friends over their summer holidays!

13 to 17 years (22, 23, 24 January, 10am-3pm each day)

Fees: see the individual programs below for course fees

Enrolment: there are two steps to confirming your young artists for our Summer Holiday Theatre Workshops:

  1. Click on Buy Tickets Link under a course below to purchase your chosen workshops; then,
  2. Complete the form at the Enrolment Link above or click here. Once completed, click the submit button: You will receive an email confirming your young artist’s enrolment within 24 hours.

Contact the Theatre Programs Coordinator Ian Zammit with any queries about the program on 02 4723 7606 or ian.zammit@penrith.city

Program: Young artists can attend specialised workshops in voice, movement and stage combat skills, from the courses below:

VOICE CREW (23 & 24 Jan)

A variety of vocal techniques and skills to aid developing young voices for the stage. Purchase just one workshop, or packages of two workshops a day or the full range of four workshops over two days!

Teaching artist: Linda Nicholls-Gidley is a voice and dialect coach teaching across many of Australia’s drama schools, in addition to having a strong corporate training profile, including presentation skills for Australia’s Channel 9, Channel 10, the ABC, SBS, and Fairfax Digital. Linda has worked on theatre and musical productions around Australia including Stop Kiss at ATYP, the World Tour of Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon – Arena Spectacular, and the Australian Tour of Annie – The Musical. Linda is a member of the full-time staff at NIDA, where she has coached hundreds of students throughout their studies and productions.

Workshops include:

Expressive Voice (23 Jan 10am-12.30pm) *Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled due to low numbers

Designed to assist young actors in an age of text and twitter with their verbal communication, exploring their vocal range and communication possibilities through ‘vocal perspectives’ exercises, using modern and classical text.

Shakespeare’s Voice (23 Jan 1-3pm)

For young actors who find Shakespeare wordy and unapproachable, this workshop will allow them to find their own voice in the character.

Buy Tickets »

Sensory Exploration of Sound (24 Jan 10am-12.30pm) *Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled due to low numbers

A visceral sensory exploration of the sounds we make – and how to make them safely. Learn to make amazing sounds emerge through kinaesthetic, aural, visual and olfactory exercises without harming your voice.

Accents for Acting (24 Jan 1-3pm)

This workshop will provide students with a system they can skilfully apply to acquiring an accent – a skill required of many actors in roles spanning the world’s cultures and periods throughout history.

Buy Tickets »

Fees: $30 per workshop

Enrolment: Click on the Buy Tickets Link to purchase workshops and complete the form at the Enrolment Link above to confirm your young artist for this Summer’s Theatre workshops.


MOVEMENT CREW (22, 23, 24 Jan)

Stage Combat and Physical Theatre full-day workshops. Purchase a single day’s workshop, or packages of the full range of four workshops over three days!

Workshops include:

Stage Combat Workshops (22 January 10am-3pm)

Learn the basics of stage combat! Join the Stage Combat Crew to participate in a full day of workshops, with local stage combat experts from Swordplay, introducing participants to the safety aspects, rules of engagement and basic skills for armed combat and unarmed combat for the stage.

Teaching artist: Karin Kennedy is the head fight director and instructor of Swordplay School of Theatrical Fencing and Stage Combat with schools in Campbelltown and Blacktown. Karin training includes: 40 years fencing experience initiated under Master Rolland Von Zopf; 5 years Judo; 7 years Tae Kwon Do; 5 years Japanese Sword; a 1st Dan Black Belt in Korean Sword Art under the World Haidong Gumdo Federation; certified under the British Academy of Dramatic Combat in Rapier (Gold Level) & Hutton Sabre (High Silver Level); and Black Belt for Weapons Instruction in International Pankreation. Karin also choreographed for the Atlas Sports Club the Greek Polydarmus story for the Pankreation Games; Romeo & Juliet for Sydney Shakespeare Company; Hamlet for Emu Heights Theatre Company; and fight sequences for Torneo Capo Ferro, Italy.

Fees: $60 per day

Buy Tickets »

Physical Theatre Workshops (23 & 24 Jan 10am-3pm) *Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled due to low numbers

Teaching artist: Goldele Rayment is a performing arts practitioner, teaching artist and journalist based in Sydney. Goldele is the founding director of Company of Rogues theatre company and is also currently the Artistic Program Coordinator at Milk Crate Theatre  managing a range of theatre workshop and mentorship programs. Goldele’s training includes internments with Shopfront Contemporary Youth Arts, Zen Zen Zo and Back to Back Theatre. Goldele’s theatre credits are extensive and include No Place Like with Milk Crate Theatre & Riverside Theatre, Out of Line with Shopfront Contemporary Youth Arts and ATYP, and A Fractured Feeling at Adelaide Fringe Festival and National Theatre.

There are two workshops available, each workshop running over one day:

Physical Theatre – Characterisation (23 Jan 10am-3pm) *Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled due to low numbers

Introduces techniques to help actors create unique and defined characters beyond their personal habits and natural movement, and help actors to trigger emotional states in a safe manner without having to access their personal psychological history.

Physical Theatre – Devising (24 Jan 10am-3pm) *Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled due to low numbers

Covering Viewpoints and Composition techniques, developing artist flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement while allowing a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively, and to generate bold, theatrical work quickly.

For all workshops, participants can join for a single workshop, or for multiple days of the program to enjoy a range of theatre skills on offer.

Voice Crew: $30 per workshop

Movement Crew: $60 per day

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