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Work Experience at the Canberra Theatre Centre (CTC) is a crucial first step to understand the performing arts industry and how it operates.

Canberra Theatre Centre offers Year 10 & senior school students a chance to spend a week in Canberra’s largest professional theatres, learning, developing, observing and participating in various areas of operation. The Canberra Theatre Centre is the major presenter for performing arts in the ACT. It comprises three theatre spaces, the Canberra Theatre, The Playhouse and The Courtyard Studio.

Students will spend time working out of The Courtyard Studio with a small group of passionate theatre makers, while learning from industry professionals across all areas of theatre, including directing, stage management, lighting, sound, mechanics, performance, design and more. Participants will also be given the opportunity to directly pursue their passion in theatre or stagecraft and design, direct or produce a pre-selected scene throughout the week.

Students will gain valuable feedback from industry professionals on the strengths and weaknesses of their own work and suggestions and adjustments to improve their processes in theatre production.

The CTC Work Experience Program will run during the following weeks in 2024:

  • April 15 – 19, 2024
  • June 24 – 28, 2024
  • December 2 – 6, 2024

You need to fit the following criteria:

  • Be in Year 10 or above or a tertiary student (if work experience is a mandatory requirement to complete the relevant course)
  • Demonstrate an interest in the performing arts
  • Be available to do work experience at an allocated time

To apply for a placement please students must complete all sections and submit the Work Experience Application Form. Interviews are conducted to select appropriate candidates.

The Education team at the Canberra Theatre Centre will contact you to arrange an interview on receipt of your application. For further details please email Christopher.Maher@act.gov.au.