The Stowaway Program

Ribix Productions was founded around the idea of giving a voice to young people in the Performing Arts industry, placing them at the centre of the story. They are the future of the industry and, as such, it is vital that we are improving access to the arts and providing pre-professional pathways for students. This is particularly true in Canberra and surrounding regions in order to grow the performing arts ecology in our nation’s capital. 

As part of our 2023 season, we are offering the Stowaway Program: a series of education and school-based workshops with a focus on employment and career pathways into the arts industry. Topics covered in these workshops include acting techniques; audition processes; physical theatre-based explorations into character; composition for stage and screen; and practical masterclasses that dig into the guts of the acting industry. 

These workshops are presented in conjunction with our 2023 mainstage production Legacies. Part of this program includes an exclusive school show, followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew. 

School Workshops

Who?

These workshops are designed for Grades 9 – 12. 

We can offer workshops for Grades 7 & 8 by negotiation with the individual school.

When?

Workshops will be offered through Term 2 and Term 3, 2023. 

Exact dates will be organised in conjunction with the individual school.

Where?

At the school, to align with regular classes or as a scheduled incursion. 

Exploring the Ensemble

BEGINNER

The ensemble is one of the most powerful elements of a production. This workshop blends team-building, theatre sports, Greek chorus, voice work and physical theatre all into one!

Length 1.5 hours

Cost $300

*This workshop requires a minimum of 10 participants.

Ways of Moving & Being

BEGINNER

This active workshop to physical theatre covers the actor’s warm-up, the rules of mime, an introduction to Lecoq’s methodology and the work of Frantic Assembly. 

Length 1.5 hours

Cost $300

*This workshop requires a minimum of 10 participants.

Sound of Storytelling

BEGINNER

This special composition masterclass explores how to compose for the stage and screen, focusing on elements of storytelling.

Length 1 hour

Cost $300

Intro to Musical Theatre

BEGINNER

In this unique workshop, students learn techniques and skills needed to succeed in musical theatre and unlock emotion and storytelling in song.

Length 1 hour

Cost $300

The Art of Auditioning

ADVANCED

This workshop is a deep dive into the world of auditioning. How do you get auditions? How do you learn lines quickly? What even is a “self tape”? What happens if something goes wrong?

Length 2 hours

Cost $400

Stepping into Character

ADVANCED

This advanced physical theatre workshop draws from the methodologies of Laban and Stanislavsky to look specifically at physically creating a character that walks, talks and breathes differently to the actor.

Length 2 hours

Cost $400

A Career in the Arts

ADVANCED

This practical masterclass gets down into the guts of the acting industry. It tracks in detail the ways that one can launch and sustain a career in the arts, including developing casting profiles, getting an agent, and avoiding artistic burnout. 

Length 2 hours

Cost $400

Acting through Song

ADVANCED

A great musical theatre actor will draw upon the lyrics and accompaniment of a song to inform their performance. This practical masterclass allows students to workshop songs and unlock the human emotion behind the sheet music. 

Length 2 hours

Cost $400

Students must be at AMEB Grade 3 equivalent in voice.

Ready to book?

Contact the Ribix Education Team today to book a workshop, secure your seats for the school performance, or for more information. 

info@ribixproductions.com.au

School Show

When?

Tuesday 1st August, 2023
6:00pm – 9:00pm

 

Where?

The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre

253 Crawford St, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Additional Info

Cost $20 per ticket (Free for teachers)

This performance is followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew. 

Meet our Education Team

Each workshop will be run by two members of our Education Team. Our team is made up of accomplished, highly trained educators and arts professionals who have a passion for performing arts education. All team members hold Working With Vulnerable People cards. 

Click on the names below to expand and read a bit about them!

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Since the age of 6, Grace has loved performing and storytelling. Grace has been involved in the Canberra theatre scene for over a decade, performing in school musicals, cabarets, and Ribix Productions’ original musical Foxes: The Musical. Her past theatre highlights include The Little Mermaid as Flounder and the understudy for Ariel; the titular role in Alice Through the Looking Glass; and Robin in Foxes: The Musical. 

Grace has almost completed her Bachelor of Secondary Education and Bachelor of Arts, and is currently working as a Learning Support Assistant. She is also involved in producing her school’s musical for 2023. 

Grace has a real passion for performing arts education. Once graduated, she looks forward to teaching music and performing arts to high school students. 

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Shannon is a musician, singer, songwriter, and composer. Her most recent musical theatre credit was composing and lyric-writing for Foxes: The Musical with Ribix Productions, for which she was nominated the Patricia Kelson Encouragement Award for the Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) awards. Her incidental compositions also feature in Ribix’s debut project, The Train Station. 

Coming up, Shannon is attached to Ribix’s newest project Legacies as composer. Legacies will play at the Q in August, 2023.

As an actor, Shannon’s film credits include the award-winning short films The Melody and Mortis Lux, which was also a monthly semi-finalist at the Changing Face International Film Festival and part of the Official Selection for the Canberra Short Film Festival. Shannon also enjoys working in theatre and film across a range of backstage and production roles. 

When she’s not composing or performing, Shannon works as a physiotherapist where she enjoys mentoring and supporting physiotherapy students. 

 

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Brendan is a writer, director, producer, trained performer, working in film, television and theatre. Graduating from Perform Australia (formally Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art) in 2014 with an Advanced Diploma in Performance, Brendan began tutoring drama programs with the self-same academy over several years, during which time he taught classes of all ages in a wide range of performing subjects, eventually specialising in acting for screen tuition.

Brendan has had the chance to perform in numerous theatre productions under the direction of passionate theatrical partitioners. Notable roles have included performing Kipps in The Woman in Black, Sergeant Samwise in Danny Champion of the World, and a player in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) all with Honest Puck Theatre directed by James Scott. Charles Pomeroy in Genesian Theatre’s production of Bloody Murder directed by Michael Heming. And performing as Christopher Wren in The Mousetrap directed by theatre practitioner Jordan Best.

As head writer, producer and founder of ThisLooksAlright films, Brendan has written and produced several award-winning short films, screened at festivals around the world, receiving awards for best
director, best screenplay and best short film overall. Films produced include Dying Art (2017), Punctured (2018), Hyde (2018), Speechlessness (2019), and Djinn (2019). As well as writing and producing, Brendan has had the opportunity to perform in film projects in various mediums. Feature films The Furies (2019), Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse (2015), and Blue World Order (2017). Numerous short film projects, as well as receiving the lead role in Vorfreude Pictures and Sanguinetti Media’s At the Phoenix web series.

Brendan has most recently had the honour of working with Ribix founder Rachel Pengilly, and founder of Bare Witness movement artist Christopher Carroll in an upcoming devised theatre production I Have No Enemies.

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Hannah is a movement director, dancer, actor, influencer, and educator. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Secondary Education and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Performing Arts. Hannah has 14 years of dance training under her belt in a range of styles, including: ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. A highlight of her dance career was the opportunity to play Nala in The Lion King. Other stage credits include Canberra Philharmonic’s Beauty and the Beast, and Legally Blonde. She was the choreographer for Ribix’s Foxes: The Musical, as well as being a featured dancer.

Hannah has trained with renowned physical theatre performer and creator Christopher Samuel Carroll. She is currently coached in Screen Acting by actress and director Victoria “Fi” Hopkins. 

Hannah is also known by her alter-ego, PengoArt: a TikTok influencer with a combined 4.5 million followers and host of the Spotify Original podcast Pengo Pod. As part of her influencer work, Hannah particularly loves inspiring the next generation and sharing trade secrets. 

When she’s not performing, influencing, or attending Red Carpet events, Hannah works as the Arts Administrator to the Arts Executive at a Canberra high school and college. 

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