The Bendigo Studio 2020 will take place 16-20 March.

The Bendigo Studio

The inaugural Bendigo Studio was in 2019 and is a powerful networking opportunity for artists and presenters that leverages influence for the sector as a whole. It also provides much needed support for independent artists and pathways for graduating theatre artists. Most importantly for children and young people, it assists in the development of a raft of new projects created especially for them. This week-long development lab is for theatre companies and independent artists who make performance pieces for young audiences to:

  • develop their new work
  • network with other professionals from around the country
  • meet presenters
  • discuss their practice

Creative teams are given access to studio space and a pool of third year VCA actors to develop their new work. Each day is split into two sessions, the first involves actors in the studio, and the other session is used to plan, do re-writes, and discuss work or network with other artists attending the studio.

The high calibre of participating artists for 2019 included Barking Gecko and and Polyglot, local artists Megan Beckwith, and Paris Balla joined Fleur Kilpatrick, Sarah Walker, Dan Giovannoni and Amelia Evans as independent artists.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local artists to develop their networks nationally and benefit from the extraordinary depth of experience that will be in Bendigo during this week,” says Leavesley.

Bendigo Studio 2020 will take place 16-20 March. Participants will be announced mid February.

 

The Bendigo Studio is an exciting collaboration between Arena Theatre, Bendigo Venues & Events and VCA.

Call-out for local artists

About the Studio

This week-long development lab is for theatre companies and independent artists who make performance pieces for young audiences to:

  • develop a new work
  • network with other professionals from around the country
  • meet presenters
  • discuss their practice

Creative teams will have access to studio spaces and a pool of 20 third year VCA actors to develop their new work. Each day is split into two 4-hour sessions. One daily session involves actors in the studio, and the other session can be used to plan, do re-writes, and discuss your work and ideas with other artists. Depending on the needs of the respective projects, there might be the opportunity to spend full days with actors in the studio.

Expressions of Interest

Arena Theatre Company is committed to developing high quality work for young audiences. Expressions of interest for The Bendigo Studio will be assessed by Arena Theatre Company’s artistic team. It will be a competitive process.

If you are developing a new play, please include some writing from the play. If your project is not script-based, please include images or other media that will give us a strong impression of the theatre that you intend to create. Writer/director teams or partnerships are ideal, however individual writer/directors or theatre-makers are welcome.

Please email a succinct expression of interest that addresses the following points;-

  1. Describe the project you would like to develop
  2. How far along is the project’s development?
  3. Regarding your project, what would you like to achieve during your time at The Bendigo Studio?
  4. List your the creative team and their roles in this Studio
  5. How many actors would you like to work with in each session?

EOIs should be 2 pages maximum in total and may include up to 3 links for support material (script, images, video).

Include a phone number. We may call applicants to find out more about the proposed project.

Read about the 2019 Bendigo Studio here.

There is no cost to participate in the Studio. There may be financial support available if needed for local artists.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@arenatheatre.com.au or phone 03 5463 5160.

All expressions of interest need to be received by February 7th 2020.

Project partners

The Bendigo Studio is a collaboration between Arena Theatre, Bendigo Venues & Events and Victorian College of the Arts. Support is kindly provided by City of Greater Bendigo and Creative Victoria.

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