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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.

If you have any questions, please email education@statetheatrecompany.com.au.

2021 Summer School

How do you turn your stories and ideas into a show? What skills do actors, writers and directors use to create new work? Is it possible to make something in just one week?

This Summer School, spend a week learning how to take an initial idea – any idea! – and turn it into a dynamic, original new work. Facilitated by theatremaker and actor Ashton Malcolm, the week will involve fun and essential skill building in performing, theatre devising, physical theatre and writing for performance.

Our 2021 Summer School program will be held at the STCSA Studio, Lion Arts Centre in the Adelaide CBD and dates will be released shortly.

Thanks to high demand, our 2021 Summer School program is now full. To join a waitlist or register your interest for future programs, please complete the form below.

  • Ashton Malcolm

    Ashton Malcolm is an actor, theatre-maker and teacher. Most recently she appeared as Meg in the State Theatre Company South Australia and Country Arts SA production of Euphoria.

    Her other credits include Restless Dance Theatre: Guttered (Adelaide Festival 2020), Intimate Space (Seoul Street Art Festival 2019, Bleach Festival 2018, Adelaide Festival 2017); Ladylike Theatre Collective: How To Kill Your Hamster (2020); Patch Theatre Company: The Lighthouse (Adelaide Festival 2020), Yo Diddle Diddle (2017-2018); RUMPUS Theatre: The Wolves (2019); Windmill Theatre Company: Grug and the Rainbow (2016-2018), Windmill Theatre Company and STCSA: Rumpelstiltskin (2016); Tiny Bricks and Brink Productions: Deluge (Adelaide Festival, 2016); Vitalstatistix Theatre Company: Future Present (2014), Cutaway: A Ceremony (2013); Vitalstatistix and HotHouse Theatre: Quiet Faith (2014/2015); STCSA: Othello (2014).

    Ashton graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2009, with First Class Honours, the Drama Prize and a University Medal. She has also studied intensively with Shakespeare and Company in the USA. She recently completed a Specialist Certificate in Creativity and Health with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne.

    Ashton is passionate about creating her own work. She frequently collaborates as part of an informal contemporary art making collective with theatre designer Meg Wilson and performer and devisor Josephine Fitzgerald. Their work is often made for unconventional spaces and pushes up against definitions of theatre, performance and visual art. Their most recent work, SQUASH! won the 2019 Green Room Award for Innovation in Durational Performance.

    Ashton is also a member of Adelaide’s only artist-led theatre space, RUMPUS. Based in Bowden, RUMPUS are a community of professional theatre practitioners dedicated to creating theatre that is brave, accessible and reflects the diversity of our world.

Summer School Waitlist / Expressions of Interest

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