Empire Youth Arts

Launched in 2010, Empire Youth Arts aims to enrich and empower the young people of the Toowoomba region. Providing a variety of regular drama workshops, holiday workshops and elite performance program opportunities, Empire Youth Arts is an invaluable program to the young people of the Toowoomba community and beyond. 

Empire Youth Arts also provides a number of classes outside Toowoomba, including term long classes, workshops, masterclasses and educational support, working in Dalby, Lockyer Valley, the Somerset Region, Mitchell, Miles, Charleville, Pittsworth and Crows Nest in the past few years.


IMPACT Ensemble

About IMPACT Ensemble


Applications for our 2022 Junior and Senior IMPACT Ensemble have now closed. Keep an eye on our social media pages for updates! Find us on Facebook and Instagram by searching for @empireyoutharts

Too often, young people are underestimated as a vital part of our changing world. Since 2011, the IMPACT Ensemble has challenged assumptions and placed youth voice in the spotlight. 

Our Junior and Senior Ensembles are advanced performance-making programs which offer young people a variety of professional performance experiences. Their aim is to present a published work or to create a new one which is for, with, and by young people.

Entry is based on audition and our ensembles work across the year towards a public performance outcome. This program has established a platform for youth voice to be heard within our region, and continues to cultivate new opportunities for the development of empowered young artists.




Past Productions

  • Off With Your Head! - IMPACT Senior (2021)
  • The Trolleys by Sara West - IMPACT Junior (2021) 
  • We Come From Dalby - Dalby IMPACT (2020)
  • A Monster Unfinished - IMPACT Senior (2020) 
  • The [Redacted] New Clothes and other stories from the Apocalypse - IMPACT Senior (2019)
  • Where in the World is Frank Sparrow? by Angela Betzien - IMPACT Junior (2019)
  • Of Myths & Monoliths - IMPACT Senior (2018)
  • 10 George Street - IMPACT Junior (2018)
  • {Cross My Heart} - IMPACT Senior (2017)
  • Child(ish) - IMPACT Junior (2017)
  • C H A L K (2016)
  • Titus Was Here (2015)
  • Talking to Brickwalls (remounting 2015) 
  • Talking to Brickwalls (2014)
  • The Seedling Project (2013) 
  • Slut by Patricia Cornelius (2013)
  • 10 down, 6 across (2012)
  • Blackrock by Nick Enright (2012)
  • TLK. TXT. SPK (2011)


A podcast project about feeling your feelings

Late last year Empire Youth Arts and USQ teamed up to create Moodscapes. It is a series created in response to the cancellation of the Empire Youth Arts IMPACT Junior Youth Ensemble, after the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. Our initiative was to continue serving our communities by creating work for, with and by young people. So, whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, alone or nostalgic you can listen to this podcast from wherever you are to hear the thoughts these four young people have to offer.

Each week for four weeks, a new episode will be released on the USQ Podcast channel. First up we heard from Neeve about being overwhelmed, then Joel who was frustrated, then Tui about being alone. To round it out we hear from Jess who is feeling nostalgic. Check them out through these links...





Big thanks to Kate Murphy and Ari Palani who helped the students along the way and Nicky who did the finishing touches. Biggest thanks to Neeve, Joel, Tui and Jess for their work!


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