Alex builds connections in Drama

Congratulations to IGS Year 11 student Alexandra Butler who was selected for a recent Sydney Theatre Company work experience program.

During the last term break, Alexandra not only prepared and rehearsed for her highly successful school production role of Malvolio in Twelfth Night, but she was also selected to take part in work experience week at the Sydney Theatre Company.

The week long program was “an incredible learning opportunity for Alex!” said IGS Director of Drama Rita Morabito.

Alex explains how it happened.

“After submitting both video and written applications, 24 Year 10 and 11 students from all over the state were invited to learn all of the ins-and-outs of the Company,” Alex said.

“It was important all applicants demonstrated a passion for all aspects of theatre-making: not just performing. Although most students, including myself, enjoy the art of performing, the week went far deeper than that.

“Throughout the week, we were lucky enough to meet incredible members of STC staff, ranging from creatives (such as prop making and scenic art, set design and execution, costume, lighting and sound, resident directors and current performers) to everything behind the scenes (producing, programming, finance and philanthropy, education, marketing and venue management).

“We were also very thrilled to watch STC’s current production of Chalkface at the Drama Theatre in the Opera House, as well as talk to the stage manager and cast of the show. We were also fortunate enough to have workshops with the writer (Angela Betzien) and the director (Jess Arthur) of the production.

“The week provided me with some immense and invaluable insight into all the potential professions in the landmine that is the theatre industry. I was able to unlock some unknown passions and visualise how I can pursue my passion whilst maintaining an income.

“I found it incredibly beneficial to learn more about staff members’ education and pathways into the professional world of theatre.

“Overall, I strongly encourage anyone who is eager to learn more about the theatre industry or who is planning on pursuing it as a career to apply for this remarkable week of work experience.

“You will meet some incredible people as well as garner connections and learn things you will keep for life.”

IGS Director of Drama Rita Morabito explained that Alex’s opportunity emerged from a number of theatre industry connections actively cultivated by the School.

“In the Dramatic Arts at IGS we foster connections and collaborations with a variety of theatre companies,” Rita said.

“These can be in the form of production experiences, artists in residence programs, school day viewings and discussions with the cast, ambassador programs which allow free access to theatre and workshops or to work experience opportunities.”

Applications for 2023 Griffin Ambassadors, Belvoir Friends and STC Young Wharfies are now available for current Year 10 and 11 Drama students.