Ah February. It's the Monday of months - the time of year when you need to come to terms with the fact the holidays are over and there's a whole lotta things to get done. The beach tan sits uncomfortably in the business shirt and leather shoes. Or it would do if anyone at ATYP came to work in a business shirt ... or shoes.
As I write this introduction the team of Intersection 2018: Chrysalis have previewed and opened at our new performance home at Griffin Theatre Company in Kings Cross. Rachel Chant and her team have done a spectacular job with this show. The production features beautifully crafted little stories by some of Australia's leading young writers, brought to life by some very fine young actors. The season only runs until Sat 17 February so get in quickly to secure your tickets.
While we are coping with the Australian heat Amy has been in the USA with our Ambassador scholarship recipients Julia Patey and Thomas de Angelis to catch up with the team at Australian Theatre Company in LA. They walked the red carpet at the G'day USA Gala Dinner on Saturday - like, literally. There was an oversized red carpet. And photographers. And journalists writing articles about what clothes people were wearing. It was very fancy. At the end of the celebrations last Wednesday Thomas and Jules presented a showcase to industry representatives including scholarship patrons Rose Byrne and Rebel Wilson which marks the end of their year with ATYP. The 2018 scholarship applications are being assessed at the moment and will be announced in the coming month, so stand by for that announcement!
If you are a playwright aged 18 - 26 living in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Darwin, applications are now open for this year's Fresh Ink program. Fresh Ink is a unique national mentoring opportunity that provides eight months of professional development, connecting you with a leading playwright or dramaturge. Check out the website for details on how to apply.
If you're a Sydney-based young performer that wants to get involved in our weekly workshop ensembles I'd recommend contacting our fabulous Workshops Coordinator Claudene as quick as you can. Some programs still have spaces available. If you are located outside of Sydney and want to get involved in weekly workshops you are welcome to contact us and we'll put you in touch with youth theatre companies in your area.
As always we have a number of scripts in development. I've just spent a fascinating week with Rachael Coopes and the team on The Climbing Tree. Mary Anne Butler flies down from Darwin in a few weeks to spend some time on her gripping new play Cusp, Yve Blake and her freakishly talented team will come together again to talk through all things FanGirls and there are some other bits and pieces that we can't wait to get stuck into.
Just a reminder, all the ATYP staff are here at The Wharf until June, don't hesitate to drop by for a coffee and a chat.
Until next month.