Creative Development Program

Courthouse Youth Arts launches a new performance program, championing emerging artists to take creative risks

Courthouse Youth Arts’ new Creative Development Program introduces an ongoing initiative for emerging artists to produce original, innovative performance art for the Geelong region, signalling a new direction for CHYA with an upcoming 2020 program launch on 26 November 2019.

CHYA are pleased to announce the first round of successful applicants for our Creative Development Program, and some of our region’s most exciting new contemporary voices: Kate Speakman, Louise Richardson and James Jackson.

From an ensemble performance exploring the future of space exploration and climate change; a solo work that is an ode to grief and loss; to a makeshift United Nations’ assembly where performers and audience try to fix the future – these are the projects that will be developed at CHYA between August and November. Artists will receive in-kind venue hire, marketing and producing support, and the potential for their work to be presented in 2020.

Louise Richardson is an emerging theatre-maker and dance teacher who completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts at Deakin University. Louise has regularly collaborated with Fusion Theatre, assisting their ensemble to create works such as A Place Called Maze and a project in partnership with The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Louise Richardson – Twenty Nine Days To Say Goodbye

James Jackson (The Bloomshed) – The Futurological Congress

James Jackson is a director, writer and producer with a Masters of Dramaturgy from the Victorian College of the Arts. He has worked as a dramaturg with the National Theatre of Croatia and Geelong’s Back to Back Theatre, and in 2012, he founded independent theatre company The Bloomshed. His latest work,The Market is a Wind-Up Toy is currently being remounted at Theatre Works in Melbourne and received the Critic’s Pick 2018 at Sydney Fringe Festival. His previous work, The Nose, won the Festival Director’s Award at Sydney Fringe 2017 and was nominated for two Green Room Awards (2019).

Kate Speakman is an emerging theatre-maker, writer, dramaturg, director and production manager. She’s worked with CHYA on Voicebox and with Monash Uni Student Theatre with works including Holloway: A New Musical, End Transmission and The Golden Age. Kate is most known for her dramaturgy on Q, a new play by Aleksandr Corke which premiered at La Mama in February 2019.

Kate Speakman – Girdle