Geelong Arts Festival

The Geelong Arts Festival is a two day expo for artists, professionals, creatives, and the Geelong performing arts community.


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The Geelong Arts Festival is an expo for artists, professionals, creatives, and the Geelong performing arts community. It combines a fun atmosphere in the form of workshops and seminars that will allow individuals and organisations to develop their skills and network with like-minded thespians.

Throughout each day, you will be able to join in various 1-hour workshops that explore direction, lighting, sound, dance, independent producing skills, and lots more. Each session will be overseen by a Industry professionals and provide opportunities to network with like-minded creatives.

The G.A.F will be staged at the Geelong Arts Centre on the 2nd and 3rd of July with the proud support of the Geelong Arts Centre’s Creative Engine and the City of Greater Geelong


Fri 2 Jul: 10am - 5.15pm, followed by a networking event with entertainment from HASSALL. Sat 3 Jul: 9am - 5.15pm, followed by headliner performance (announced soon). Included in ticket price.


Sessions will include:


On with the show with Michaela Powell! To launch the Geelong Arts Festival, you will be treated to a private performance and Q and A from an international musical theatre Michaela Powell recently appearing in School of Rock. This session will be on Friday July 2nd 10.15am-11.15am. This performance is included in day 1 tickets for free.


A Royal Experience: Take time to relax with our major headliner act. Theatre royalty will take you on a choose your own adventure style production where you select what comes next. This artist has toured the world for the past 20+ years and proud to be home where see continues to develop artist’s skills. This performance is approximately an hour long and will be on Saturday July 3rd evening to conclude the event. This performance is included in day 2 tickets for free.


Yoga and Wellbeing with Fiona Luca: Unwind with where her utmost focus is on equality, positivity, inclusiveness and knowledge in practice. Her Yoga classes and workshops concentrate on alignment, flow and balance with a light-hearted and accessible approach, catering for all ages, levels and abilities.


Musical Theatre Dance with Fiona Luca: Fiona will encourage inclusion as a multi award winning choreographer in Musical theatre. Her classes and workshops concentrate on alignment, flow and balance with a light-hearted and accessible approach, catering for all ages, levels and abilities.


Get Primal: Return to your acting instincts with Martin Croft: Industry Professional Director (Come from Away, Les Misérables and more) will take you on a journey to rediscover your natural acting instincts.


Breaking your barriers. Acting Confidence with Martin Croft: Industry Professional Director (Come from Away, Les Misérables and more) will provide the foundations to overcome your performance fears with proven methods and techniques so that you can perform your best.

Introduction to producing independent shows with David Spicer: David brings a wealth of experience as the Editor of Stage Whispers, Owner of David Spicer Productions and National touring guest speaker. David will guide you through the essentials when considering staging your local production.


Directing 101 with Amanda Labonte: Learn from Industry Professional Amanda Labonte about how to create an inclusive rehearsal with techniques to take your directing skills to the next level.


How to apply for a licensed production: MC’d by David Spicer, meet the organisations licensing musicals and plays within Australia. Understand how to apply, and the find out what productions are available… or simply meet the team so your next application stands out from the crowd.


How to apply for a local theatre grant: Supported by the Arts and Culture team at City of Greater Geelong, understand the new grant dates, guidelines and how to make your application stand out from the pack.


How to make theatre more inclusive with Back to Back Theatre: Work with the world-renowned Back to Back theatre and how you can create more inclusive theatre.

Improvisation and Character development with Bert Labonte: Take a deep dive with Bert as he guides you through techniques to create multi-dimensional characters onstage and on film.


How to Get in and out of Character with Bert Labonte: Stepping out of character at the end of rehearsals has never been more important. Work with Bert as he help guides you through strategies to get in and out of character.


Introduction to Marketing and PR with David Jarwood: Meet David with experience in Theatre, Events, Government and Not for Profit industry. David will help you understand the marketing and PR essentials to make sure your event is a sell out!


Introduction to Prop Making with The Props Lab: Meet local Christopher Bennett as he guides you through a 1-hour hands on workshop creating a unique prop and learning skills that you can take back to your theatre company.


Other workshops include (with industry professionals being announced shortly)

· Advanced Musical Theatre (Dance)

· Beginner Musical Theatre (Dance)

· How to budget a production effectively

· Introduction to Mental Health and Wellbeing

· Story Telling through Music (Singing workshop)

· Keeping the Beat (Music workshop)

· Shakespeare with a Twist

· Introduction to Stage Management

· Welcome to the New Geelong Arts Centre

· Advanced Social Media for events

· Lighting and Sound 101

· Plus lots more.


All guests will receive a detailed program 1 week prior to the event. Please note sessions on Friday 2nd will not be repeated on Saturday 3rd.


Times:

Friday 2nd July: 10am – 5.15pm followed by a networking event with entertainment from HASSALL

Saturday 3rd July: 9am – 5.15pm followed by the headliner performance included in ticket price announced shortly.


This event is generously supported by the Geelong Arts Centre Creative Engine Program and the City of Greater Geelong.




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