Lots of new faces at CYT! Katie Cawthorne

February has been a flurry of activity at CYT! Our workshops began at Gorman Arts Centre and in our Primary schools, we auditioned for Filtered and for the Company Ensemble, and all of our tutors participated in our annual CYT Tutor Professional Development. Such bustle after a quiet January, with everyone feeling fresh and energised for the year ahead.

I love the first week of workshops each year, catching up with our loyal CYTers, seeing how much they’ve grown and meeting so many new young artists. 2018 has seen around 40% new enrolments which is super exciting and means our community is growing even bigger.  I’d like to welcome our new tutors – Aram Geleris and Taylor Bray, they are both theatre-makers themselves and we can’t wait to see what their young teams will create this semester.

Our 7 – 12 year olds have been cast for Filtered and our rehearsals begin next week! Our 17 young performers will be working with myself, my co-director Anna Johnstone and our specialist artist Pablo Latona, to devise a magical piece of theatre. There will be only two performances, so get in quick to book tickets.

March will see us in intensive rehearsals for Filtered as well as our first creative development for the Company Ensemble work Fading, with our playwright Laura Lethlean.
The CYT office will be brimming with creative energy, fuelled by hot cross buns as we head towards the Easter break.
Enjoy the last days of warmth!

Hello 2018! Alicia Wyatt

The CYT office is back on board after a restful break, gearing up for another incredible year! We are excited to have released our 2018 Artistic Program at the end of last year and if you missed out on what is on offer, you can check out our video below. 

Our Summer Holiday Workshop took place this week, for young artists aged 7 – 12 years. They worked with their tutor Casey, (a CYT Alumna) and Katie, one of our fabulous CYT members, devising their own piece of theatre and learning the importance of working together as an ensemble. We are excited to see their performance this afternoon at the C Block Theatre!

Our Semester 1 Workshops are filling up fast so make sure to go to the website, to enrol for a place at Gorman Arts Centre or for our Primary Schools program. We are looking forward to welcoming old and new members to CYT for 2018.

Our Production Program is already in full swing with two auditions taking place in February for our 7 – 12 years’ production Filtered and The Company Ensemble for 17 – 25 years. Scroll down to see links and more information on our website.

We are also thrilled to be welcoming our new Administration and Marketing Coordinator, Errenn Ball to CYT in February. Errenn has been a part of the CYT family since 2015 in a variety of different ways. Find out more about Errenn below and make sure you pop into the CYT Office to say hi!

2017 You Were Awesome! Katie Cawthorne & Alicia Wyatt

As we sit to write this final editorial for 2017, we cannot believe that the year has come to an end! This year has been remarkable for many of our young people and we are proud to see the level of development in all of our young artists. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2018!

As you all know, the year was jam packed and we explored the concept of ‘being me’. We kicked off the year with the inaugural i’m me festival performed by 7-12 year olds for 7-12 year olds. It was a huge success – seven brand new works of theatre were presented to our enthusiastic audiences as they enjoyed crepes, flower crowns and danced the night away under the big tree in the courtyard. We are looking forward to reimagining this in 2019!

We were thrilled to tour our successful 2016 production, The Verbatim Project to Sydney in July and through the support of our community, we were able to take the cast of 16 to the Australian Theatre for Young People for an amazing season. It was exciting to have our second season of the show supported by Canberra Theatre Centre in the Courtyard Studio and again sold out this incredible work. 

After Sydney, we were straight into The Company Ensemble’s work, poem every day at Ainslie Arts Centre. Responding to Joshua Bell’s poetry, our audiences were immersed in the work as the cast performed around them, taking them on a journey, celebrating weirdness and individuality.

versions of us was our final work of the year and a fantastic collaboration between the playwright, Emily Sheehan, co-directors and cast. This work reminded audiences of the nuances, challenges and joys of being a teenager. 

Our productions were made even more successful due to the commitment and expertise of our Technical Theatre Team, supported by their specialist tutors.

The 2017 Workshops Program also focussed on ‘being me’. It’s been thrilling to see the calibre of work devised within all age groups and the bravery of our young people in telling their stories. We would like to thank our brilliant tutors who work so hard to support our young people’s voices. 

Finally, Canberra Youth Theatre would not have seen this success in 2017 without our dedicated community. Thank you and we can’t wait for 2018!

CYT Night Out! From GM, Alicia Wyatt

It is November already! It is crazy to think that 2017 is almost over after an incredible year for all of our young artists. Things are still buzzing here at CYT and we still have a number of exciting events and performances taking place in the last two months of the year. 

After the incredible success and support of our inaugural CYT Night Out in 2016, we have decided that this night of fun and laughs has to become an annual event! Read below to get all of the info and make sure you book your table quickly, before they are all gone! Again, the local businesses of Braddon have been generous and contributed some amazing prizes. I am sure you won’t want to miss out!

The End of Semester performances are only weeks away and we are so excited to see what each Ensemble has been working on. CYT prides itself on the work coming directly from our young artists, ensuring that they all have a voice that is heard. Make sure you read below all of the important information regarding the performances commencing the week of Monday 13 November. If you have any more questions, just call our fabulous Workshops Coordinator, Stef on 02 6248 5057.

Over the past year, Katie has been refining all the details for the 2018 Artistic Program and we can’t be more excited to present this at the CYT Christmas Party on Friday 8 December from 5.30 pm. Invites will be getting to members soon, so please put this date in your calendar, send through your RSVP to Jess and get ready to hear about the amazing work that will be taking place in 2018!

I say this every year, but Katie and I are immensely proud of every single one of our young artists. The level of commitment to their learning and respect of their Ensemble members makes CYT a very special place to be.

Chookas! From AD, Katie Cawthorne

versions of us is here! Rehearsals began last week on this beautiful script that has been written especially for us by Emily Sheehan. As always, the process is rapid and intense but our amazing cast and creatives are enjoying the privilege of being able to totally to immerse themselves in a work to truly get to know it.
As Artistic Director of Canberra Youth Theatre, it is such a pleasure to observe this creative team of the playwright and our two Co-Directors Jess Baker and Jamie Winbank leading this production, mentoring our young artists as they produce this work that they have collaborated on from start to finish. This process truly demonstrates the ethos of CYT, with the content generated by our young artists with our professional artists working to shape and distill the piece.
A reminder that tickets sell fast for our shows, so please book now to see this affecting new work. Please note also, that this piece is not appropriate for audiences below 13 years of age. It contains coarse language as well as mature concepts such as suicide, self harm and sexual themes.
A huge chookas to this amazing team, which includes our young technical artists and their Technical Theatre tutors for a fantastic season!