Founded in 2006 by Lisa Collins, Dramawerkz provides performing arts programs and training for 5-25 year olds. At Dramawerkz, we aim to stimulate and develop spontaneity, creativity and use of imagination, all while building performance skills. Dramawerkz aims to provide an inclusive environment in which students can gain confidence as both performers and devisers: grounding an imaginative and play-filled process in technical and theoretical concepts.
Students have the opportunity to explore the creative process both in class and through a variety of performing opportunities including:
– Performances of original and previously published plays and musicals
– Participation in community events
– Taking part in a culturally enriching drama exchange.
– Drama Camp
– Preparation for Trinity College, London, Speech & Drama exams.
About Mia Boonen. Artistic Director.
Mia Boonen is an educator, theatre maker, writer and performer currently studying at the Victorian College of the Arts. She began as a student at the school in 2007 and under the guidance Dramawerkz’s founder, Lisa Collins, she was trained in Drama and Speech with Trinity College, London. Mia has also composed original scores for ‘Booktown’ and ‘Such Sweet Sorrow’; the latter of which was toured to Stratford Shakespeare on the River Festival in 2019. Alongside running and teaching at Dramawerkz, Mia is the founder of The Penny Mint, a collective for young writers. In 2020, Mia was named a recipient of the Hobson’s Bay Inspiring Young Person award, for her work in the community.
At Dramawerkz, we are determined to create an inclusive, welcoming and enjoyable environment for every single student that takes class with us. Respect is the foundation of all of our work – and we make our best effort to ensure that every single student feels welcomed – no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, ability or religion.
Dramawerkz acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional owners of the land upon which we play, create, work and perform. In most instances, this land belongs to the Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nations. We acknowledge their elders past, present and emerging and extend our solidarity to all First Nations people across this continent. Stories have been told and songs have been sung on this land for over 60,000 years, and we consider ourselves lucky to continue that tradition today. Sovereignty never ceded. This always was, always will be Aboriginal land.