Council presents masterclasses for young actors

Date published: 6 April 2017

Townsville City Council and Queensland Theatre are offering young aspiring actors an opportunity to participate in a series of masterclasses at Riverway later this month.

The sessions, in conjunction with Queensland Theatre, are for young actors aged 15-24 years.

Using English playwright Nick Payne’s play Constellations, students will explore the possibilities of text and how it can be interpreted, rehearsed and performed in multiple ways.

The sessions explore the themes of Payne’s work in a practical and physical way and will cover acting skills, text interpretation, movement and stagecraft.

Conducting the workshops is Queensland Theatre Associate Artist (Education and Youth), Travis Dowling who is a director and youth arts worker.

Mr Dowling has worked nationally with some of Australia’s leading theatre companies including HotHouse Theatre Company, The Australian Theatre for Young People, Sydney Theatre Company, The Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts and The Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chair Cr Colleen Doyle said council was pleased to work with Queensland Theatre to present this opportunity for local aspiring actors.

“Young people in regional areas are sometimes at a disadvantage when it comes to development opportunities, so to be able to offer these masterclasses in Townsville is fantastic and I encourage youths to participate,” Cr Doyle said.

“Travis Dowling is very highly regarded and very experienced, so these workshops will be very rewarding learning experiences.”

The sessions are:

  • Monday 24 April from 5pm-7.30pm – Workshop 1
  • Wednesday 26 April from 7.30pm-9pm – Constellations by Nick Payne
  • Thursday 27 April from 5pm-7.30pm – Workshop 2

Cost is $30 per person which includes both workshops and theatre ticket.

To book phone Ticketshop on  4727 9797  or visit

The project is funded by The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.