Two start creative drama class for kids
TEENAGER Johannes Kornberger (18) and partner Elsa Silberstein (17) have started a drama-creativity course called A Little Loud for children in Mosman Park.
Mr Kornberger hopes to inspire young people to get involved in arts and to build their self-confidence.
“I notice this more and more when I spend time with my older friend’s younger sisters and brothers, as they are increasingly bored by the arts and not often wanting to engage in things a little outside of their comfort zone and that really worries me,” he said.
“I’d love to inspire young people to be more comfortable not only with themselves but working with a group.
“I guess it is really about passing on that fascination that I have with the arts to other people.”
Mr Kornberger said he had been involved in the arts for a long time.
“I’m born in Fremantle and I attended a small private school where we did a performance every month and that was the beginning of my introduction to the arts,” he said.
“Now I’m attending John Curtin College of the Arts in Fremantle where I’m in a specialist talented drama program and that is quite intensely focused on drama and the arts, not only on acting but the theory of dramatic art.
“I have also been involved in a lot of out-of-school productions, such as January’s Keeping Time, which is this Fringe show that I’m involved with not only in an acting capacity but also I have been writing the musical score for that.”
Ms Silberstein said she has always been passionate about the arts.
“I grew up in Bangkok in an expat community and I was encouraged to do all the plays and activities,” she said.
“I have always been in the school plays and the school musicals.
“Recently I have been involved in the Fringe Festival, where I was a publicist for the show Keeping Time and it was sold out for all the seven nights that it was on, so that was really exciting.
“At school, we have done drama performances and also improvisation and since I have been exposed to that and the Fringe and interacting with people from the arts, I have seen that benefit.”
Classes start at Mosarts on February 14 from 3-4pm. Entry is $25 a week per child.
Elsa Silberstein playing with some kids.