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.


 Empire Youth Arts: A 10 Year Overview

In 2020, a report was commissioned to accompany the 10 year anniversary of the Empire Youth Arts initiatives housed at the Empire Theatres. The report provides significant insight and validation of the impact of Empire Youth Arts initiatives on the lives of emerging young regional theatre artists. 

The report found that Empire Theatres is setting the standard for regional investment that champions and induces new, transformative theatre practice for young people. 

The research found that Empire Youth Arts has created a regional youth arts identity, an ensemble community, and a unique culture-led teaching model that is imbedded in industry practice and creates a legacy for both the community and the participants involved.

This legacy is shown to build wellbeing and resilience, transferrable skills and a lifelong creative lifeline in the participants.

Recommendations to come out of the report include considerations for continued partnering locally across sectors and nationally within the youth arts industry, internal and external evaluation to help develop and promote the value of EYA and publishing opportunities for EYA script assets and further research/articles regarding pedagogical practice.

The research was launched on Friday 15th October 2021 at the opening night of the 18th IMPACT ensemble production – Off With Your Head.

The report gives Empire Theatres a base of evidence proving what was known anecdotally. This research will drive strategic program development of Empire Youth Arts and assist in securing ongoing financial and community support.

This report was collaboratively researched and written by Ari Palani, Assoc. Professor Janet McDonald (USQ) and Jeanette Wedmaier.

Download the report here.

 

 

Drama Workshops

Toowoomba Classes

DRAMA STARTER (Grades 2-4)

Get a taste for what drama is all about with these fun, introductory classes. Learn about storytelling, performing and expressing yourself creatively with like-minded people.

Saturdays 9am to 10am 

$100 per term (8 weeks)
TERM 1 2022 runs from Feb 5- Mar 26

DRAMA ONE (Grades 5-7)

Have fun by learning core performance and creative skills while building your self-confidence and focus through exciting drama activities.

Saturdays 10am to 11.30am 
$150 per term (8 weeks)

TERM 1 2022 runs from Feb 5- Mar 26

DRAMA TWO (Grades 8 - 10)

Refine your growing drama and performance skills in a passionate and supportive environment and create original, devised and scripted outcomes

Wednesdays 4pm to 5.30pm
$150 per term (8 weeks)

TERM 1 2022 runs from Feb 2- Mar 23

DRAMA PLUS (Grade 11 - Young Adult)

Designed for students to gain a deeper understanding of their world through drama and performance. Suited to those that would like to advance their skills and opportunities in artistic development and performance, Drama Plus goes beyond curriculum learning and enhances the skills required to progress in the industry.

Wednesdays 6pm to 8pm 
$200 per term (8 weeks)

TERM 1 2022 runs from Feb 2- Mar 23

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EMPIRE YOUTH ARTS CODE OF CONDUCT  Participants will endeavour to abide by the Empire Youth arts principals of quality, collaboration, professionalism and respect. Participants will engage in activities with a positive, inclusive and open mindset, with full understanding of the impact their behaviour and attitude has on the quality of the learning experience for all, and the work achieved. Participants and parent/guardians will be notified if they are in breach of the code, which may lead to exclusion from class. 

Parents and Guardians can request a full copy of our COVID safe plan if required: 
  • Students must enrol in full before attending class, no walk ups will be allowed.
  • Any student displaying symptoms or feeling unwell should stay home. If they come to class, they will be separated from the group and a parent called.
  • Sanitizer will be available for student and teacher use.
  • Temperature checks on arrival may be implemented if recommended by authorities.
  • Activities that involve close contact or touch will be limited.
  • Extra cleaning of high contact surfaces will happen before and after class.
We so look forward to seeing your faces and feeling your enthusiasm in class! 
The Empire Youth Arts Team

Dalby Classes

DALBY EMPIRE YOUTH ARTS CLASSES 

JUNIOR CLASS (AGES 9-12)

Learning basic performance and creative skills while building your self-confidence and focus through exciting drama activities. Develop your drama and performance skills in a passionate and supportive environment and create original outcomes

Fridays 3.30pm-4.30pm at St John's Anglican Church (153 Cunningham St, Dalby)

Term 1 2022- Feb 4- Mar 25

$95 per person per term

SENIOR CLASS (13+)

Continue your learning of basic performance and creative skills and continue to build self-confidence and focus through exciting drama activities and exercises. Develop your drama and performance skills in a passionate and supportive environment and create original outcomes

Fridays 4.30pm- 6pm at St John's Anglican Church (153 Cunningham St, Dalby)

Term 1 2022- Feb 4- Mar 25 

$145 per person per term

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The Dalby program is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund via Western Downs Regional Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. 

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EMPIRE YOUTH ARTS CODE OF CONDUCT  Participants will endeavour to abide by the Empire Youth arts principals of quality, collaboration, professionalism and respect. Participants will engage in activities with a positive, inclusive and open mindset, with full understanding of the impact their behaviour and attitude has on the quality of the learning experience for all, and the work achieved. Participants and parent/guardians will be notified if they are in breach of the code, which may lead to exclusion from class.