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, Mitchell, Charleville, Pittsworth and Crows Nest in the past few years.

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IMPACT Ensemble

About IMPACT Ensemble

 Empire Youth Arts 2019 IMPACT Ensembles


The Empire Youth Arts IMPACT Ensemble is an acclaimed performance program for young artists who wish to further their skills in the theatre industry. Now in its ninth year, the IMPACT Ensemble has a long history of empowering participants in professional practice with industry artists and supporting pathways into tertiary or creative opportunities. Last year, through the generous support of the Sidney Myer Fund, Empire Youth Arts expanded the program to include a brand new Junior Ensemble for young creatives aged 10 to 14 years old. 


IMPACT Junior presents “Where in the World is Frank Sparrow?” by Angela Betzien, directed by Ari Palani.

Auditions are open for our 2019 Junior IMPACT Ensemble (Ages 10-14). For our third ever IMPACT Junior we are exploring even deeper into the training of young actors – their bodies and voices, and the technical skills it requires to deliver a gripping narrative onstage. Where in the World is Frank Sparrow? by renowned Australian playwright Angela Betzien, was originally commissioned by youth theatre specialists Graffiti Theatre Company in Ireland. It’s quirky graphic novel style weaves stark urban reality with the mythic underworld. Against this grim backdrop the young hero, Frank Sparrow, must endure dangers and trials, overcome weakness, find love and face death. A uniquely modern legend, Where in the World is Frank Sparrow? reinvents the hero’s journey for the 21st Century and propels its audience through the dangerous streets of Stab City and into the dark underworld of change and transformation.

This year the ensemble will rehearse and perform in the first half of the year, and will cost $375. Applications will need to be returned via email or in person by 5pm Monday 11th February 2019, with auditions being held February 14th and 16th. To book an audition time please email or call Empire Youth Arts on youtharts@empiretheatre.com.au or 46989925.

Audition packs available here.

Past Productions

  • {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)
Case Studies

To download case studies, click on the relevant title. 

Talking to Brickwalls 


The Labels Project