Theatre work­shop se­ries to cul­ti­vate cre­ative souls

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Ali­cia Perera

Young Dampier res­i­dents had the chance to sharpen their act­ing skills this week with a se­ries of in­au­gu­ral per­form­ing arts work­shops held in town.

Dampier Per­form­ing Arts Academy, a joint ini­tia­tive of arts-based com­mu­nity en­gage­ment group the IF Foun­da­tion and the Dampier Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, was launched this week with work­shops on from Mon­day to Wed­nes­day at the Com­mu­nity Hall for 4-17 year-olds.

It al­lowed Dampier chil­dren to ex­plore all aspects of theatre by play­ing im­pro­vi­sa­tion games, scene writ­ing in groups and work­ing on their stage craft.

IF Foun­da­tion men­tor and drama teacher Ari­ana Pa­ganetti said the work­shops pro­vided high-qual­ity arts education that had a lot of ben­e­fits for young peo­ple.

“We be­lieve that by pro­vid­ing pos­i­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties for self-ex­pres­sion and a fo­rum for young peo­ple to ex­press them­selves, we can help nur­ture con­fi­dent and cre­ative young peo­ple,” she said.

The foun­da­tion has been run­ning per­form­ing arts classes in much of the West Pil­bara since 2012 and had started in Dampier by com­mu­nity re­quest.

It joins acad­e­mies al­ready in Wick­ham, Tom Price, Parabur­doo and Pan­na­won­ica, with Onslow a pos­si­ble fu­ture ad­di­tion.

Ms Pa­ganetti said their rapid growth in the Pil­bara was down to the pop­u­lar­ity of the arts with young res­i­dents.

“The Pil­bara is full of tal­ented young per­form­ers,” she said.

“We are con­tin­u­ously in­spired by the in­sight and tal­ent that comes out of our work­shops. There ap­pears to be a great level of in­ter­est in ex­plor­ing the per­form­ing arts here.”

Pic­ture: IF Foun­da­tion

Chil­dren hone their act­ing skills at the IF Foun­da­tion’s Wick­ham Per­form­ing Arts Academy.

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