Auditions and Opportunities

Senior IMPACT Ensemble Audition Information

Applications for our 2021 Senior IMPACT Ensemble are now open! As one of the only theatre projects in the country that creates work which is for, with, and by Young People, our IMPACT Ensembles are advanced performance making programs which offer professional experiences unlike any other. Entry is based on audition and the application form can be found in the Information Pack. Submissions are due Thursday 22nd April, 5pm. Any questions? Email them to

Creative Collaborator EOI – IMPACT Ensemble 2021

The IMPACT Ensemble has turned 10!

Empire Youth Arts has been championing youth voice and creating work for, with and by young people in the Darling Downs since 2011. We are currently seeking expressions of interests from qualified theatre professionals - Directors, writers, dramaturges, and facilitators to collaborate on the 2021 Ensemble project which will focus on the idea of change over time.   

The Senior IMPACT Ensemble is an auditioned group of young people aged 13-20 years who work weekly over 5 months to create a work of theatre for, with and by themselves. Lead by theatre artists and facilitators, the group of 12-14 young artists and the facilitators take inspiration sometimes from classic texts and sometimes just the world around them. Most often the works are new and a co-written by the members of the ensemble and the creative team.

The project schedule includes weekly engagements with young people from May to October and the project will culminate in a season in the Empire Theatres Armitage Centre on 15/16 October.

Engagement and remuneration of the artist will be individually negotiated and dependent on scope and schedule components. Some remote engagement can be included in the schedule however face to face engagement in Toowoomba for at least a portion of the schedule will be an essential component. Artists and the Ensemble will be supported by the professional project management, Youth Arts and technical teams at the Empire Theatre.

Applicants should have theatrical qualifications including a degree and/or commensurate experience and a track record of professional engagements and experience working with young people.

IMPACT Ensemble showcases the best talent and creative young minds of the region and we want to see that matched in our creative team.

To express your interest in the 2021 IMPACT Ensemble project please introduce yourself via email to and attach your CV.  Expressions of interest close 12 April 2021.


Registrations are now open for the Empire Theatres newest choir project – Sing On.

Sing On will challenge local classical singers with interesting repertoire and provide the performance opportunities that were so lacking in 2020. Sing On will develop across the year over 3 ‘rounds’ of rehearsals. Each round will have its own Vocal Leader and a performance outcome and culminate in a concert at the Empire Theatre in October in association with the Toowoomba Philharmonic Society, featuring elements from all three rounds. Participants can sign up for just one round, two, or all three!

Round #1 Vocal Leader – Cherie Vera

Dates: 18 May- 22 June Tuesday evenings 6.30-9.30pm

Performance: 24 June Walton Stores 

Round #2 Vocal Leader – Calista Walters

Dates: 27 July-31 Aug Tuesday evenings 6.30-9.30pm

Performance: 1 Sept Armitage Centre Courtyard

Round #3 Vocal Leader – Shaun Brown

Dates: 16 Sept-14 Oct Thursday evenings 6.30-9.30pm

Final rehearsals with all participants: 21-23 Oct

Performance at the Armitage Centre: 23 Oct and 24 Oct

Registrations are open to anyone over the age of 16 no matter the skill level or experience and no audition is necessary. However, if you would like to be considered for a solo part in one of the rounds, you will need to attach a video audition of classical repertoire (2-3mins).

To register, fill out this form by Friday 30 April.

Questions or enquires can be directed to Jeanette Wedmaier at Empire Theatres or 46989925.

This project was made possible by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

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Every year, the Empire Theatre has several opportunities for local singers, dancers, actors and instrumentalists of all ages and experience levels. In addition to the highly anticipated Empire Theatres musical and Empire Youth Arts IMPACT Ensemble production, the Empire Theatre has collaborated with Opera Queensland, Opera Australia, Expressions Dance Company and more to provide unique performance opportunities on the Empire stage and beyond.  Find out more about our major productions and projects.