Jessica and the wonderfully talented students and staff at the 'Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School' on stage at The Hackney Empire in  London.


StagePlay Winter Camp is a 4-day intensive drama and visual art workshop for primary aged children in Melbourne's west. The last day will finish with a performance for parents and carers. Each child will receive a tote bag with an activity book to fill in throughout the week, plus a certificate of participation!

Where: Kororoit Creek Neighbourhood House, 61A Selwyn St, ALBION 3020

When: 4 day workshop: Monday 2 July – Thursday 5 July 2018,  9am - 3.30pm each day.

Cost:   $300 (20% off for siblings and concession)

Please note: The program is designed to build on each day's activities, so attendance is required for the full 4 days. This allows the children to get the most out of the workshop, and we can create an amazing final presentation.

Every day will feature three workshops of drama and art. Some sessions will combine the two, others will break off and focus on a particular act or set. Warm up activities and brainstorming will be the the focus on the first day. The beauty of the Neighbourhood House being so close to the creek and Selwyn Park playground, also means we can go on a supervised walk to collect nature objects and inspiration for our work.

In Drama Jessica will use games and improvisation in a confidence building way to lead into rehearsals of a variety of short, fun scenes around the theme of 'Winter Camp'. The great thing about doing a performance at the end of the workshop is that the children are able to share what they have achieved. Jessica loves to take her students ideas on board. Experience has shown her that children have fantastic ideas, so not only will the children enjoy performing but creating as well. Once the students feel that performance joy at the end of the week - it is never forgotten! The ability to be brave, share and engage is a skill that serves us well in all aspects of life.

In the Visual Arts Liz will work with the children to build their skills in creative thinking and brainstorming,  as well as drawing, painting, sewing, collage and 3D object making in both collaborative and individual works.  Workshops will include creating props such as painted signs, larger sets using cardboard boxes and curtains, and costume making and creating out of found objects and clothing.  

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About Jessica and Liz

StagePlay is a new collaboration brought to you by Jessica Gerger and Liz Dalgleish. These two educators are passionate about bringing the Arts to children of the west of Melbourne. They have extensive experience in each of their fields, and bring their knowledge and passion to share with their students. Jessica has been teaching drama to kids for 10 years, in London and throughout Melbourne. Liz is a graphic designer, and teaches art and design in schools and at her own studio in Sunshine (