Theatre workshop series to cultivate creative souls
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.”
Children hone their acting skills at the IF Foundation’s Wickham Performing Arts Academy.