Youth Technical Production Workshop A Huge Success!

Published on Tuesday, 10 May 2022 at 9:00:00 AM

As a part of WA Youth Week, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder delivered a three-day workshop to young people aged 12-25 focusing on technical skills in theatre and live event production.

The workshop was a huge success with 18 attendees completing the three-day program.  

Over the three days, the workshop covered:

  • Lighting production, sound engineering and stagehand techniques,
  • Creating a five-minute theatre piece with lighting and sound effects,
  • Setting and up for a live band, sound checking, programming, operating lights, and audio consoles.

 Program facilitator and City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Development Officer, Sean Smith, worked with the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Council, Artgold Inc, Black Venom, Stage Left Theatre Troupe - Goldfields WA and the Goldfields Rep Club and CircutWest to develop the workshop as a pilot program and hopes to continue the program as a way to upskill young people in live production.

“In regional areas in Western Australia, there’s a huge demand for people skilled in lighting, audio-visual, and stage skills at local theatre groups, arts centres, and events. The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Council, Artgold Inc, and CircuitWest came together to develop a workshop series on upskilling young people in theatre and event live production.

“I am excited to see where we can take this program and make an ongoing program to support the arts industry in training the next generation of technicians in the Goldfields,” said Sean.

Industry professionals worked with attendees to demonstrate a range of skills they perform day-to-day in their role, from setting up a live gig, working the sound and lighting systems, and how the back-stage crew works.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler said this was a fantastic program for youth which demonstrated the strong collaboration the City has with the arts industry.

“The work that was completed over the three days will put these young people in a great positon to volunteer in the community or even gain part-time work in the arts industry.  I am really looking forward to hearing more from the participants as their careers progress,” said the Mayor.

The workshops were made possible through Art Gold Inc’s WA Youth Week grant.

Checkout highlights from the three day workshop here.

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