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Summer & Winter School

How do you turn a script into a fully realised production? How does that character you love, grow from words on a page into a three-dimensional being? How do actors and directors do what they do?

State Theatre Company South Australia’s Summer and Winter Schools are an exciting opportunity for young people (ages 15-17) to receive practical experience in creating theatre from recognised artists in the industry. An integral part of our State Educate program, Summer School provides excellent preparation for students undertaking drama at a SACE 1 – SACE 2 level or for those looking to further their theatrical skills.

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2021 Winter School

Our 2021 Winter School program will be held from 12 – 16 July 2021 at the STCSA Studio, Lion Arts Centre in the Adelaide CBD.

Students will have the opportunity to work with Adelaide-based performer and theatre-maker Ellen Steele on a week-long foray into the world of postmodern theatre making. Participants will learn a variety of skills designed to build ensemble, bring characters to life and create new work from the ground up. Cost is $220 per student.

To express an interest, please complete the application form below.

About Ellen Steele

Ellen Steele is an Adelaide-based performer and theatre maker and a founding member of isthisyours? Works include David Williamson’s The Club (an all-female, three-actor version) Make Me Honest, Make Me Wedding Cake, Best We Forget, You Wanna Talk About It, The Awkward Years and Angelique.

Ellen has also worked extensively in theatre throughout Australia, Asia and North America. Past shows include After Dinner, Between Two Waves, Holding the Man and Maestro (State Theatre Company), Girl Asleep, Grug, Big Bad Wolf and Grug and the Rainbow (Windmill Theatre Company), Love and Ruby Bruise (Vitalstatistix), Wolf (Slingsby Theatre Company), Girl Asleep (Belvoir St Theatre), I, Animal and I Am Not An Animal (The Border Project) and Mister McGee & the Biting Flea (Patch Theatre Company).

As an independent maker she has developed work with TerryandTheCuz, Split Second and Zoe Meagher (Next Wave), Aphids, Little Black Box (Adhocracy), Misery Children (FOLA) and Sanctum Theatre. Her latest work Digging a Hole to China, is in development.

Summer / Winter School Expressions of Interest

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