WELCOME.

We’re glad you’re here.

The Joan is the heart of the creative west. Where arts and culture meets community, where we make art, love art and share art. Fine music, contemporary music; all kinds of drama, dance, installation, mixed media, ideas, circus and song.

It’s all part of our story at The Joan.


Click on our What’s On page for upcoming events, stay tuned on our Facebook and Instagram channels, and subscribe to our database to receive up-to-date news about The Joan in your inbox!

As part of our COVID-safe measures, all visitors (patrons, artists, students, contractors, staff, volunteers and other personnel) must register their attendance on site using the QR Codes located near the entry points. Staff are available for assistance, and a manual option is available for those unable to register online.

We strongly recommend all staff and visitors (12 years and older) wear masks inside The Joan.

2021 at The Joan

Autumn Season 2021

The change of seasons brings a change of pace and a chance to explore the great indoors, with plenty of shows to choose from at The Joan – whether you’re into new work, political satire, stand-up comedy, theatre or music.
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Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Want to grab a bite before the show?

Enjoy a variety of food and drink options along High Street!

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Penrith Arts Lover - The Key that Unlocks Your Creative City

We know Western Sydney is full of creative people and businesses, so we’re bringing like-minded types together under a membership program with plenty of benefits that you can enjoy, with Penrith Performing & Visual Arts at its hub! PAL members also enjoy 10% discount off tickets for shows presented by The Joan in 2021. Terms and conditions apply.

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We know things look a little different now. We’ve updated our website and have also launched new sites for Penrith Conservatorium, Q Theatre and Penrith Regional Gallery too. If something doesn’t look quite right, or you’re having problems finding the information you need, please email us.


Kids, have you picked up your Shakespeare Time Traveller Passport yet? Stop by your local @penrithcitylibrary  branch 📚 or Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 🎭  Visit thejoan.com.au/shakespeare-time-traveller-passport/ or penrithcity.spydus.com to read our Shakespeare’s Book Blog, below and submit a book review to unlock a special code number for your passport.  Collect three or more stickers/code numbers for a chance to to win one of five amazing incredible prize packs thanks to @criticalstagesau, @thelisties and @allenandunwin! 🏆  🎟️ Book your tickets to see The Listies in Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark at The Joan and you will receive one of your stickers at the show! More info and bookings at  thejoan.com.au/events/hamlet-prince-of-skidmark/  #thejoan #penrithcitylibrary #penrithcitycouncil #shakespeare #williamshakespeare #funforkids #penrith #visitpenrith #westernsydney #competition #schoolholidays #theatre #childrenstheatre #childrensbooks #books #quiz #review #bookreview #theatrereview #familyfun #familyfuntime #artworkshopsforkids #artandcraft #selfies #smelfies @penrithcitycouncil  #whatsonpenrith #whatsonbluemountains #timetravel  #win @parraparents @visitpenrith @bluemountainsmumsau @hawkesburypenrithmums
Which Appleton Ladies' Potato Race character are you? 🥔🙋‍♀️ We're tossing between Rania and The Potato Sack! 😆  Catch all of them in The Appleton Ladies' Potato Race at The Joan tonight 11 June and Saturday 12 June!  BOOK NOW via our website.  #thejoan #autumn #autumnseason #2021 #theatre #arts #drama #comedy #funny #laugh #live #liveperformance #penrith #westernsydney #sydney #australia #tickets #booknow #dineanddiscover #dineanddiscovernsw #drama #ensemblesydney #appletonladiespotatorace #theappletonladiespotatorace
We are hiring! The Joan is looking for a new Venue Assistant.
Practical, and with an eye for organisation, detail and accuracy, and with consummate interpersonal skills, the Venue Assistant works to support the Venue Manager and team to ensure that all activities, events, functions, and performances run smoothly.
15 hours per week
12 month fixed contract
LPA Level 5
Closes 15 June
https://www.thejoan.com.au/venue-assistant-apply-now/
Don't miss our very own inaugural stand-up comedy season, Comedy @ The Joan this Friday 21 May 7.30pm!  Starring a cracking line-up, Frida Deguise, Stephanie Broadbridge, Christina Van Look Comedy, Umit Bali, Aleks Milinkovic and Al Del Bene.  After the year we've just had, god knows we need a good laugh and some fun!  🎟BOOK NOW via link in bio.  PS: We accept Service NSW Dine & Discover Vouchers too!  #thejoan #autumn #autumnseason #2021 #theatre #arts #drama #comedy #funny #laugh #live #liveperformance #penrith #westernsydney #sydney #australia #tickets #booknow #dineanddiscover #dineanddiscovernsw #comedians #comedyatthejoan #standup
📢Join Dr Paul Smith, Senior Lecturer of Music, University of New England, AU, this Wednesday 12 May 11am for a music talk as part of our Art + Music Talks Series.  The Art Song Music Talk will explore the development of art song culture across the 19th and 20th centuries. Art songs exist in a unique position within the medium of vocal music as they cross over at different times with folk song traditions and operatic conventions while also carving out their own techniques of common practice.  The talk will also examine recent research that has revealed hidden communities of women song writers in Germany who, although not canonised, were highly prolific professional composers during the romantic period.  BOOK NOW via link in bio!  #thejoan #autumn #autumnseason #2021 #artsong #song #music #art #talk #artandmusic #series #talks #arts #penrith #westernsydney #sydney #australia #tickets #booknow #dineanddiscover #dineanddiscovernsw