The EXPAND project aims to give artists the chance to develop and hone their theatre-making skills.


UPDATE: 3 December 2015

Performance of the original song “People of the Mountains and the Sea” by the Allstars Aunty Jean’s singing troupe consisting of Yuin elders Uncle Ossie Cruse, Uncle Ossie & Liddy Stewart, BJ & Carol Cruse, Wilma Manton, Shirley Aldridge and Kay Russell. Accompanied by Joe Stewart, Robyn Martin and Mikelangelo. Recorded at Bundian Way Workshop, Jigamy Cultural Centre Eden N.S.W. Nov 18, 2015. Part of Toni Houston’s Expand project. More of Toni’s work here

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In partnership with The Street Theatre, Canberra, the project will focus on performance-makers ie designers, choreographers, dramaturgs, writers, directors and video-artists with an interest in performance. Through contact with high-level professional mentors whose body of work makes them leaders in their field, the selected participants will be inspired, challenged, stretched and empowered to develop work beyond their conventional boundaries, using unconventional spaces and new modes of expression.

In partnership with The Street Theatre in Canberra, the program will deliver a series of workshops and creative development sessions over a 14 month period. The workshops will make use of The Street Theatre facilities. People from both South East Arts and Southern Tablelands Arts regions are eligible to apply as participants.

This engagement is facilitated by the workshop mentors in consultation with each participant and workshop leaders can be tailored to applicants if necessary. The process of the workshop allows for the mentors to provide dramaturgical strategies which may be of benefit to participants.

The ultimate aim is that the selected artists will gain the skills and confidence they need to a) push the boundaries of their theatre practice, b) engage with local audiences in a more adventurous way; and c) build useful and supportive networks of mentors and regional colleagues on similar journeys.

Who’s behind it?
The project is funded by Arts NSW, and supported by The Street Theatre, Canberra. The project is
initiated and managed by South East Arts in conjunction with Southern Tablelands Arts.

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The Mentors
Mentors are selected in relation to the participants and the projects they put forward; however we envisage
connecting with top tier theatre-makers at the level of the below possible mentors, who have all indicated their interest and availability for the project:
• Patrick Nolan (Legs on the Wall) – physical theatre
• Mic Gruchy – video, projection and digital environments in performance
• Nancy Black – (Black Hole Theatre Company) writer, director, dramaturge, performer and teacher in theatre, TV, video and film.
• Martyn Coutts – performance artist and dramaturge, (Aphids Theatre Company)
Kate Denborough (Artistic Director KAGE) Physical theatre
• Chris Kohn (Artistic Director for La Boite/Stuck Pigs Squealing) theatre directing, commissioning and programming
• Lara Thoms (Artistic Associate – Aphids Theatre Company) socially engaged, site-specific and
participatory performance.

Respected Artistic Directors Caroline Stacey (The Street Theatre, Canberra) and Lindy Hume (Opera
Queensland) are actively engaged with the design and execution of the program.

The participants for the project have been finalised, however if you would like more general information about the project, contact South East Arts on 02 6492 0711 or email