Arena collaborates with young people from the Greater Bendigo Region in the research and development of all of our work. Using innovative technology and artistic practices, our artists empower students in our workshops to be creative, critical thinkers and cultural agents within their community.
We draw on these conversations to find new ways of thinking about the form and content of a project, and different means of engaging with our audience. We then take these works further afield, extending these conversations nationally and internationally as we develop our ideas into extraordinary stage productions.
From their origins in Bendigo classrooms, these ideas are taken through professional creative development and evolve into fully realised theatre productions, allowing young people to see themselves and hear their voices in new, original works unlike anything they’ve seen before.
This process is comprised of three complimentary streams: