Smarter Than Smoking BGTC Workshops Series


If you are a teacher looking for in school workshops, please visit Education. If you are looking for weekend or school holiday workshops, please keep reading below! 



“Barking Gecko drama workshops have boosted our child’s confidence and love of the Arts. The workshops have provided him with a fantastic, fun, creative outlet.”

Parent


The Smarter Than Smoking BGTC Workshops program offers participants a chance to expand imaginations, learn new skills and meet others who share a similar interest in theatre. As well as skills development, workshops also focus on supporting a young person's social development in a joyful, playful and safe environment.

Smarter Than Smoking BGTC Workshops run year round with term classes and school holiday series. There are four workshop streams for children and teens aged between 7 - 17. Each stream offers activities to introduce and develop a range of theatre processes and theatre performance techniques.

Smarter Than Smoking BGTC Workshops


  • are designed to hone the skills of children and young people with an interest in the performing arts and ignite their imagination and creativity.


  • take young people on a creative journey where they can enhance communication and teamwork skills, develop confidence and build friendships. 


  • are led by skilled industry practitioners and teachers who aim to make sure time spent at Barking Gecko is fun, rich and rewarding.

 



Download BGTC's 2014 Workshop Program

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INTRODUCING BARKING GECKO TEACHING ARTISTS

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Barking Gecko Teaching Artists are experienced theatre artists who have exceptional skills in bringing out the best in young people. All Teaching Artists have been trained at either NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) or WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts). They are well respected in the arts community and all have a current Working with Children Check.


Andy Blaikie - Acting Intensive
A graduate from Liberties College, Dublin (Advanced Diploma in Acting) and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (BA in Performing Arts), Andy has recently returned to Perth after a year's training in Melboune with Kerry Armstrong and Wendy Ward (New York). An experienced stage and screen actor, Andy is thrilled to share his skills with students at Barking Gecko Theatre Company. Career highlights include touring with international theatre companies Classic Stage Ireland, Monkeyshine Theatre and Team Theatre (Ireland's leading Theatre in Education Company) throughout Ireland, UK and New York. Andy recently appeared in TV shows House Husbands and Doctor Blake's Murder Mysteries. 

 

Renee Hale - Story Inc / Story Hub

Renee is a multiple award winning actress and graduate of Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and producer/co-founder of Happy Dagger Theatre Co. Renee has worked for leading theatre companes; Sydney Theatre/Thin Ice Productions, Black Swan, Perth Theatre Company, Deckchair Theatre and Hole In The Wall. Screen credits include 'Sleepover Club,' Southern Star and 'Wormwood' Great Eastern Entertainment. As a professional actor and mother of twins, Renee couldn't think of a better way to use her skills than at Story Inc, where she incorporates drama, sign language and recycled craft activities into the Story Inc. program.


Ella Hetherington - Story Inc / Story Hub
Ella Hetherington is an actor and physical performer. She has performed in numerous Barking Gecko Theatre Company productions including Duck, Death and the Tulip, This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, The Red Tree, The Lost Girl, Fatty Wombat and Castle Rascals. She has also performed with Renegade Productions, Little Y Theatre  Company, Black  Swan Theatre  Company, Steamworks ,La Fura Del Baus, Legs On The Wall/NIDA, WASO, Kaleidoscope Ensemble, Strut and Fret, Bizircus (Flaming Idiots), Pinstripe Circus, Road  Physical Theatre. As physical dramaturge she has  worked with Night Train Productions and The Moxy Collective. Ella has won numerous awards across her varied career.
 
Fleur Hockey - Acting Up

 A highly skilled performer and mask maker, Fleur has worked extensively in regional areas of Australia’s South West and North as a teaching artist and artist in residence. A first class honours graduate in Contemporary Performance from Edith Cowan University, Fleur has established her own theatre company, Home-grown Theatre. She regularly delivers mask, drama and hip hop dance workshops for the art organisations The Song Room, Awesome Arts and Barking Gecko Theatre Company. She specialises in working with young people for disadvantaged backgrounds, including Indigenous children, refugees and children who speak English as a second language.


Laura Hopwood - Skilling Up

Laura is an actor, dancer and theatre maker who graduated from Curtin University in 2009 with a Bachelor in Arts in Performance. Laura loves working with children and teenagers and is passionate about using theatre and performance to build confidence and identity. She first began working in Youth Arts in 2005, facilitating workshops in comedy, improvisation and storytelling; this led to her working with children in rural Thailand in 2007 to create a full length production in the local dialect. In 2008 she co-founded the Amnesty International ARTillery Festival and produced many provocative and innovative performance works for the festival over her three years as coordinator, which she continues to do with her company Toyi-Toyi Theatre. She has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival, the Perth Fringe World Festival and the Melbourne Fringe FestivalLaura has recently been accepted into Central Saint Martin’s, London where she will undertake her Masters in Acting in 2014. 

Katie Keady - Story Inc / Story Hub

A graduate of Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Katie is an experienced industry professional who has worked in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and London as actor and independent theatre producer. Katie's first professional acting gig was with Barking Gecko and since then has appeared in the multi award-winning 'Lally Katz,' 'The Black Swan of Trespass' at the New York Fringe Festival, 'The Crucible' for Black Swan, 'The Comedy of Errors' Deckchair Theatre, 'Kids Stuff' Steamworks for which she was nominated Best Actor solo - Equity Guild Awards and 'Love' for Deckchair Theatre which earned her Best Actor - Equity Guild Awards. Now with a toddler of her own, Katie is thrilled to be co-presenting Story Inc. as storytelling and reading are a wonderful part of her daily life.

 
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For more information, to book or discuss your child's particular interests please contact Christie Sistrunk at education@barkinggecko.com.au.