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Trajectory ENSEMBLE 2019

EOIs are now open! Register below.

This year, the Ensemble will collaborate with award-winning Melbourne-based theatre maker David Williams. David has worked for over 20 years as a director, writer, producer, dramaturg and performer with companies across Australia including Griffin, Queensland Theatre Company, Merrigong Theatre Company, Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company, and pvi collective.. He was the founder and artistic leader of acclaimed performance group version 1.0 and co-created all the company’s work from 1998 until 2012, including ‘This Kind of Ruckus’ and ‘The Disappearances Project'. Since then, David has practiced under the banner DW Projects, creating new theatre works that open spaces for public conversation about social and political issues.

With David, the Ensemble will explore the relationship between young people and activism. As members of a generation largely considered as apathetic yet with the means to mobilise a movement from their fingertips, ensemble members will consider their position as activists. When do we make a noise and when do we shut up? Who’s even listening anyway?

By investigating movements on a local and global scale (e.g., Marriage Equality, March for Our Lives, etc.), the Ensemble will draw from public documents, transcripts and interviews to devise a new documentary theatre work about when and how young people make change.

The resulting piece will première at PACT, Sydney before returning to Newcastle for a season at the Civic Playhouse.

Want to get involved?

If you are 18-26 years old (or in the first 5 years of your arts practice) you can register your interest in being part of the 2019 Trajectory Ensemble by:

1. Completing the following EOI form by Wednesday 13 February 2019.

2. Attending the Taster Workshop with facilitator David Williams on Saturday 16 February 2019 from 3-5pm at Tantrum Studio, 101 City Road, Merewether (entry via Allworth Street).

3. Following the Taster Workshop, Tantrum will offer up to 10 emerging artists a place in the 2019 Ensemble.

4. To participate in Trajectory Ensemble 2019, you will need to become a member of Tantrum Youth Arts ($25).

Key Dates for 2019 Trajectory Ensemble

Taster workshop: 3-5pm, Saturday 16 February

Saturday 16 (12-6pm) & Sunday 17 March (10am-4pm)
Saturday 6 (12-6pm) & Sunday 7 April (10am-4pm)
Saturday 4 (12-6pm) & Sunday 5 May (10am-4pm)
Saturday 8 (12-6pm) & Sunday 9 June (10am-4pm)
Monday 8 – Friday 12 July (10am-4pm each day)
Saturday 3 (12-6pm) & Sunday 4 August (10am-4pm)
Thursday 29 – Saturday 31 August (Thurs/Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 12-6pm)

PACT (Sydney) production/presentation week
Monday 2 – Saturday 7 September

Playhouse (Newcastle) production/presentation week
Monday 9 – Saturday 14 September

N.B: Specific call times during production/presentation to be confirmed, though full days (and some nights for shows) can be expected.


Trajectory Ensemble is an annual program of professional development for emerging artists interested in collaborative, process-driven performance making. Each year, the project is facilitated by a professional artist to create and present a daring new performance work, while supporting participants to develop their own sustainable practice. The Ensemble is open to artists aged 18-26 or within their first 5 years of professional practice. Previous Trajectory Ensembles have worked with theatre-makers Lucas Stibbard & Neridah Waters, Janie Gibson and performance artist Lottie Consalvo.

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