Work Experience and Placement

Work Experience and Placement

Are you young and passionate about pursuing a career in the performing arts? Get a taste for the arts industry and gain key practical experience with Penrith Performing & Visual Arts‘ Work Experience and Work Placement programs at The Joan, or our sister site, Penrith Regional Gallery.

Both programs aim to foster the next generation of arts industry professionals by giving students a behind-the-scenes insight into the workings of an arts organisation. During their placement, students will have the opportunity to work alongside our team of experienced arts professionals from a range of different areas including creative, curatorial, production and technical.

Work Experience

Work Experience is available for Year 10 students.

Successful applicants complete a standard work week onsite during school term.

This program gives students an introduction into the nature and workings of a professional arts environment, allowing them to link and implement classroom learning to real life situations in the arts industry.

Many students find work experience assists them in choosing their elective subjects for their senior years.


Work Placement

Work Placement is run for Vocational Educational Training (VET) students.

Hours are flexible and tailored to the individual student’s workplace suitability.

This block placement enables the student to gain a more thorough understanding of PP&VA’s inner workings and further extend their skills through exclusive opportunities. For instance, helping the team backstage prepare for a show.

These initiatives are a fantastic way to discover the practicalities of the workplace, attain valuable life skills, develop arts skills and deepen your love of the creative and performing arts.

Experiences will vary for students depending on what team they are working with and what is happening at The Joan or Penrith Regional Gallery during the times they are there.



Students are encouraged to contact their school career advisor.

Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis and youth of all abilities, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply for PP&VA’s work experience and placement programs.

Please Note: With the current COVID-safety restrictions and reduced programming booked for The Joan and Penrith Regional Gallery, there are no Work Experience or Work Placement offers planned for Terms 1 – 2. If restrictions are lifted and opportunities arise, we may be in a position to announce a new Work Experience/Placement offer for later in the year. We hope for a change soon so we can welcome your students back to The Joan and Penrith Regional Gallery. Keep an eye on the website listed above for news.


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

The Joan
Ian Zammit, Theatre Programs Coordinator 

Phone (02) 4723 7606

Penrith Regional Gallery


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Celestino proudly supports The Joan’s 2021 Arts Education Season

CEO John Vassallo believes, “there’s an enormous social value in showing children they can imagine the unimaginable. In order to boost literacy and create well-rounded, confident, curious and creative minds, kids need the opportunity to be involved in live theatre.”