Western Sydney is a great place to live and learn, and with The Joan — a dynamic hub of creativity and education — at its heart, we are perfectly placed to offer a brilliant blend of opportunities to enrich teaching programs.
We invite teachers and students to come and see our shows, to participate in performance projects, to engage through work experience and backstage tours, or to extend their learning and development through our StudioQ and Q Theatre programs.
Click here to download 2019 Arts Education brochure or flip through our electronic version.
The Joan’s Backstage Pass is the perfect way to give your students an insight into music and theatre production and what happens behind the scenes of a performing arts centre. The tours are ﬂexible in length and content, allowing for different education outcomes and budgets.
For primary students we recommend a 45 minute tour. These tours are ideal as an add-on for schools attending a live performance or workshop. They provide students with an overview without too much detail.
For students in Stages 4 and 5 we recommend a tour of 1-2 hours. This could be either an add-on when attending a live performance or workshop, or as a stand alone activity. The tour will provide students with an overview as well as some details around lighting and sound, stage mechanics, theatre roles and event management.
For students in Stage 6 we recommend a tour of a half to a full day with focus on speciﬁc areas. Ideal for students studying drama or entertainment, tours can be designed to meet individual group needs. Spend a full day discovering the complexities of lighting, sound, stage mechanics and more.
TIMES Contact us with your preferred dates and times
DURATION Years K – 6: 30–45 minutes | Years 7 – 10: 1–2 hours Years 11 – 12: half/full day
COST Contact us with your group details and learning outcome needs to receive a quote
Each year, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts offers work experience and work placement opportunities for secondary students wanting to gain practical experience working in the arts.
These opportunities are a great way to find out about many different art forms, working alongside an experienced team of creative, curatorial, production and technical staff on a wide variety of arts projects. Work placements can vary in length from a week long work experience for Year 10 students to an intermittent or block placement for VET students.
While most participants are from the local region, each year placements are also completed by students from outside of the region.
Placements are available at both The Joan and at our sister site, Penrith Regional Gallery.
Students are advised to contact their career advisor and to visit the websites for more information and application forms.