Congratulations Scarlett! VCE Drama Dux.

We are so proud to share that Dramawerkz Youth Theatre student Scarlett Davidson has been recognised as her school’s Dux of VCE Drama! Scarlett is a fantastic actress, artist and writer and while this achievement is to be commended in any year, it is especially incredible given the adaptability and creative limitations Scarlett had to bring to her year 12 studies in 2020.

Congratulations Scarlett! We are so very proud of you.

Catching up with our Alumni: Shevaun Pope

On the eve of our first Dramawerkz Youth Theatre class of 2021, I’ve had the chance to catch up with another Dramawerkz alumni: voice teacher and speech pathology student Shevaun Pope! Here’s what we got to discussing:

Mia (CEO): What is your favourite memory from your time at Dramawerkz?

Shevaun: My favourite Dramawerkz memory would have to be performing at the old Williamstown Mechanics Institute in a production of Alice in Wonderland that we put on. No matter what show we did it was always so incredible to see how well us as students could work together to create a piece of theatre. The collaboration between students and teachers was something that always made Dramawerkz so unique. I have so many fond memories of being able to contribute creatively to so many amazing theatre pieces we created together. 

Mia (CEO): What are you up to now? Do you find that drama training has helped you build your career?

Shevaun: I am currently in my final year of my Bachelor of Speech Pathology degree. My love from drama and performing definitely inspired me to choose this career path. I’ve always loved being able to express myself through my voice, both through my singing and acting. I felt that Speech Pathology would not only allow me to learn more about the voice, but also allow me to help others in discovering theirs. Through my time studying Speech, I have really found my passion in working in areas of voice, supporting actors and vocalists in optimising their vocal health.

Mia (CEO): What’s something you’re proud of achieving over the last couple of years?

Shevaun: I’ve been lucky enough to have been teaching singing over the last few years. A huge proud moment for me was last year when two of my fabulous students got into performing arts courses, after working so hard throughout covid-19 doing zoom lessons. This was a huge proud teacher moment as it was so incredible to see all my students’ hard work being paid off!

Catching up with our Alumni: Greta Doell

Greta Doell is a theatre maker and ex-Dramawerkz student, who trained with me (it’s Mia Boonen here: the CEO!) while we were teens. The other day, we had a virtual chat about some of the memories we made, and what Greta has been up to since those days.

Mia (CEO): What is your favourite memory from our time in class together?
Greta: My favourite memory has to be performing in the Fringe Festival at Kindred Studios in 2014. We saw the names of our shows ‘ZONEOUT’ and ‘Chook Chook’ on a billboard outside the theatre and were in awe of the opportunity. This fringe show was the first time I got to play such large roles on stage, and I felt very appreciative of this trust and responsibility my teacher and classmates had given me. I also remember enjoying every rehearsal and show during the festival, just being in the moment with my classmates. We felt like a family and I had so much fun.
Mia (CE0): I think I have too many favourite memories to count. The joy of working with an ensemble is that you have people with whom you can share all the good memories, and my favourite moments are probably the funny lines we got from improvs or the chats we had while eating dinner between shows. So tell me, what are you most proud of doing since leaving Dramawerkz Youth Theatre?
Greta: I’m most proud of the recent show I wrote that was in the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2020, in collaboration with Monash University, called Revisit.exe. I’m also very proud of the 2019 La Mama theatre production of ‘The Disappearing Trilogy’. I had the pleasure of interning as the assistant director of the show.
Mia (CE0): What are you up to now?
Greta: Working in these professional environments really motivated me to keep creating work and building diverse, accessible and sustainable theatre practices. Whilst I continue to write, I’m in the process of completing my major in Theatre at Monash University’s Centre for Theatre and Performance. From there, I plan on completing my master’s degree in writing, to become a professional writer and playwright.

Interested in joining Dramawerkz Youth Theatre? Call us at 0413414587, message us online here or email dramawerkztheatre@gmail.com to reserve your place for 2021.

Dramawerkz in 2021

Interested in joining Dramawerkz Youth Theatre in 2021?

Join us for a FREE trial lesson on February 6! Places are limited so message us here on facebook, call 0413414587 or email dramawerkztheatre@gmail.com to reserve your place today.

Dramawerkz Youth Theatre is a fully hands-on performing arts program, open to students aged 13-25, where young people learn a range of performing, playwrighting and production skills. No previous drama experience is necessary. Classes are at Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre on Saturdays of the school year from 10am – 12pm.

Alongside weekly classes that explore a mixture of play, improvisation and skills training, Dramawerkz students have the opportunity to attend a yearly Drama Camp, prepare for examinations with Trinity College (London) and participate in public performances and community events.

Feel free to contact us with any enquiries.

In 2020, students created ‘Lyre Bird’ (a feature length film) while in Melbourne’s lockdown. Here’s the finale number: Say My Name! 

Join us for a ‘Lyre Bird’ Community Screening, this Friday at 7:30!

This semester, students at Dramawerkz have focused their creative energy on the creation of a ‘Lyre Bird’ film – making the best of the strange strange circumstances this year has brought upon us. Join us in a celebration of the hard work and determination students have shown throughout 2020… and watch a good film while you’re at it!

Along with your ticket, you’ll receive an email with information about viewing this production online. We’ll meet in a Zoom call, where everyone will be sent a secret link to the viewing platform and then we’ll meet back at the end of the film to applaud the students together!

Synopsis:
Shortly after the death of William Shakespeare, someone discovers a box full of letters marked by familiar names. Each letter contains a plea from a young person with a full heart, asking for their story to be immortalised by the greatest poet of all time. In this tale performed by Dramawerkz Youth Theatre, famous characters and famous tales align to tell stories about loves they believe to be more important than air. These are the letters of lovers. Tonight, we shall share them with you.

Tickets are $5 per viewing screen and available by following this link:

‘Lyre Bird’

I think it’s safe to say that 2020 has not gone as anyone had planned. In February, Dramawerkz students were busy creating and rehearsing ‘Lyre Bird’: a brand new show that was to premiere at Stratford Shakespeare on the River festival in April.
Then… well… I think we all remember April.
Nevertheless, we’ve continued our work on ‘Lyre Bird’ while we’ve been online. We’ve been working hard and so far, the results have been pretty awesome. We can’t wait to share this show with you. Here’s a sneak peak of our efforts: a video of our opening number.
Enjoy!

Dramawerkz Semester 1 2020 Newsletter

Stills from student films, 2020

What a semester! The globe has been rocked by Covid-19, bushfires and worldwide protests and for the first time, these massive global events have really hit home, changing the way our small community interacts. Online classes and social distancing have been a challenge for all, but the way I have watched our students create, collaborate and share with each other throughout this time has inspired me both personally and professionally.

Drawing by student, Scarlett

Our Youtube Live premiere last night was a celebration of what really can be achieved when we hold strong to our values in the hard times, and as I’m sure you saw last night, their films were full of compassion and enthusiasm for art. I am so very proud to teach such wonderful students.

Thank you for all of your support this semester. We could not have achieved all that we have achieved without the Dramawerkz community.

See you all in Semester 2! Registrations are now open – and if you know of anyone who may be interested in joining Dramawerkz Youth Theatre, please feel free to pass on our contact.