Acting With Arminelle (AWA) runs a six week programme every school term; Juniors [grades 4-6], Middies [grades 7-9] and Seniors [grade 10-12].
The classes focus specifically on acting training for young people – professional actor training exercises are modified for young people and age appropriate texts are chosen. Each class incorporates voice work, physical theatre work and performance (improvisation, mime and/or text).
AWA does not participate in the Townsville Eisteddfod or offer exam preparation – there are many studios in Townsville that offer this experience – the focus is purely on the craft of acting. There are no specific performing opportunities throughout the year, however, students of AWA are the first young people to be called upon if TheatreiNQ requires child actors for a production and last year AWA presented a short play at the Townsville City Council’s Carols by Candlelight.
AWA began in 2018 in response to numerous requests received, to start acting classes for young people again; Arminelle was the drama program coordinator at La Luna Youth Arts for ten years and is currently an actor and training coordinator for TheatreiNQ. Arminelle has over twenty years experience working in youth arts.