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Introducing Anne Lau

Introducing Anne Lau

ANNE LAU is a playwright and theatre maker who is passionate about creating theatre for dialogue. Her aim is to produce theatre that confronts audiences with the sociological realities we live in. This comes from a belief that individuals are threads in a larger social fabric that is complex and dynamic and a passion to […]


Introducing Rose Maher

Introducing Rose Maher

ROSE MAHER is a Sydney based actor, director and theatre collaborator. Rose graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2012 with 1st Class Honours in Creative Arts, Performance. After graduating, Rose completed the NIDA Screen Actors Studio in 2013. Rose’s recent acting credits include Electra, No White Elephant, June 2013; Mr Pillow (post-production), an independent […]


Civic Life 2014 Applications Open!

Civic Life 2014 Applications Open!

Civic Life Residency 2014 6 month artist-in-residence at Shopfront for Emerging Artists/Small Companies Applications are open for Civic Life 2014! Calling emerging artists 18-25 years who are interested in developing new work in the areas of writing, directing, performance, multimedia, visual arts, music and design to undertake one of two available residencies- a Community Arts Residency […]


Review – ‘A Walk in the Dark’ Civic Life 2013

Review – ‘A Walk in the Dark’ Civic Life 2013

Lauren Carroll Harris: Shopfront Theatre, Civic Life—A Walk in the Dark Felicity Tchorlian, Ragnarök /or how it ended/, Shopfront photo Howard Matthew It’s a busy time for performance and live art, but the curatorial prospect of Civic Life is straightforward: give over the sprawling, boxy property that contains Shopfront Theatre to artists who’ve been hanging […]


Review – ‘Together Alone Alone Together’ ArtsLab 2010

Review – ‘Together Alone Alone Together’ ArtsLab 2010

Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Reviews Theatre, Dance & Concert Blog, Sydney, Australia Monday, November 8, 2010 Together Alone Alone Together Shopfront: Contemporary Arts and Performance presents TOGETHER ALONE ALONE TOGETHER at Shopfront Theatre, Carlton, Sydney. “Shopfront is an innovative contemporary arts centre – a not-for-profit co-operative started in 1976 by young people eager to have a […]


Review – ‘Three’ ArtsLab 2009

Review – ‘Three’ ArtsLab 2009

augustasupple.com Three| Shopfront Theatre Arts Lab 2009 Published on October 28, 2009 . 2 Comments In the unassuming heart of Carlton is a theatre called Shopfront. For those with momentary squinting eyes and furrowed brow who chime in with mysterious low tones “where’s Carlton?” (some think I’m talking Melbourne, some perhaps the area around the old […]


Introducing Verity Mackey

Introducing Verity Mackey

VERITY MACKEY is a Sydney based artist who is passionate about cultural development in the community arts context. Verity works in a large variety of mediums including movement, collage and textile design. Growing up in Canberra, Verity attended the National Capital Ballet School and was also a part of Quantum Leap’s Youth Contemporary Dance Ensemble. […]


Introducing Nicola Frew

Introducing Nicola Frew

NICOLA FREW is a theatre devisor/ performer and filmmaker. In the final stages of a philosophy and political science degree at the University of Sydney, to finish in June 2013, Nicola is commencing a Civic Life Residency with collaborator, Verity Mackey. In 2011 Nicola studied acting and performance at HB Studio in New York, igniting […]


Introducing Sarah Aghazarmian

Introducing Sarah Aghazarmian

SARAH AGHAZARMIAN is a theatre maker, performer and playwright who engages with multiple mediums of theatre and technology to find links that can re-connect people around the world.


Introducing Emma McManus

Introducing Emma McManus

EMMA McMANUS is a performer, devisor and musician. She has trained at the University of Wollongong (BCA Hons, Class 1), Lancaster University (UK) and The ANU School of Music (MuST program).


Introducing Carly Young

Introducing Carly Young

CARLY YOUNG is an emerging actor, director and theatre collaborator based in Sydney.


Introducing Chris Dunstan

Introducing Chris Dunstan

Hi! My name’s CHRIS DUNSTAN and I’m in my final year of a double degree in Creative Arts (Performance) and Science (Chemistry) at the University of Wollongong.


Civic Life applications are now closed

Shopfront received a wonderful range of applications from individual artists and small groups for the Civic Life residency. Interviews will be held March 25 with announcements on Shopfronts Artists in Residence made in early April.


Civic Life 2013 Applications Now Open

Civic Life Residency 2013 | 6 month artist-in-residence at Shopfront for Emerging Artists/Small Companies | Applications now open


Introducing Tanya Thaweeskulchai

Introducing Tanya Thaweeskulchai

  Tanya Thaweeskulchai is a writer who has recently branched out into the area of theatre and performance. In 2011 Tanya was part of the PACT Ensemble and participated in a collaborative performance-making effort of Beguiled. She  is currently undertaking her PhD in English (Creative Writing) at the University of New South Wales. Both her […]


Introducing Ava Karuso

Introducing Ava Karuso

  Ava Karuso  is a young playwright and improviser from Sydney. Her first writing credit was the short play Spoons and Forks, performed and published in 2008. Since then her love of playwriting has grown, her most recent short play Guilt of the Vaudevillian was performed in the 2011 Short and Sweet festivals in Melbourne, […]


Introducing Sepy Baghaei

Introducing Sepy Baghaei

  Sepy Baghaei is a theatre-maker with a penchant for creating work that places real material, collected from the everyday world, into the heightened theatrical realm. During ArtsLab12, Sepy is aiming to bring together her passion for devising and sound design to create a work that investigates the effect of found sound on an audience […]


Introducing Khat Reid

Introducing Khat Reid

    Khat Reid is an emerging artist working across various platforms including painting, drawing, performance, tattoo, and spiritual art. She recently completed a double degree with bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies, with Honors at UNSW. As a part of ArtsLab, Khat will be exploring the […]


Introducing Maria White

Introducing Maria White

Maria White is an emerging artist with a background in performance making. Maria generally works collaboratively as a performance maker (in the collective Friends WIth Deficits) and as as a curator (in the collective Groundwork). Groundwork will be curating the 2012 – 2013 Tiny Stadiums Festivals. In 2011, Maria completed a practice-based project with first class Honours at UNSW, under the supervision […]


Introducing Pollyanna Nowicki

Introducing Pollyanna Nowicki

Pollyanna Nowicki is an emerging stage and screen actor with skills in physical theatre, singing and photography. She graduated from Sydney Theatre School in 2008 with an Advanced Diploma of Classical Acting and a Diploma of Theatre Performance. In 2009 she was awarded a Commendation for Acting from the Sunday Times NSDF Emerging Artist Awards […]


Introducing artsLab11

Introducing artsLab11

Erica J Brennan completed a B. Performance in 2008 at the University Of Western Sydney. During her studies she Assistant Directed under Jill Brown for What a Piece of Work (2007) adapted from Dorothy Porters poetry prose novel and Vaclav Havel The Beggar’s Opera (2008). In 2009 she performed, taught and assistant directed with Zen […]


ArtsLab11

ArtsLab11

Inspired by the work that has been created by ArtsLab10? Keen to create your own new works?Expressions of interest are open for ArtsLab11. email admin@shopfront.org.au to receive an information pack Applications Close Friday December 10, 2010


Goodness, it’s over.

Goodness, it’s over.

The last thing I ate last night before going to bed, was rather aptly, a toasted piece of mountain bread with nutella. Yes, I thought I would be sick of it too, but alas I think I am more in love with it than ever before. (For those of you who didn’t see/smell the show- […]


Of course, Andy would disagree…

But frustratingly, all the bets are off, as Andy Warhol would tell us… How much time does it take? Yes, no, maybe. watch?v=ymg2JALCt5w&feature=related Warhol would remind us… Product is king, show me the money, decide for yourself, be successful at your own risk, you’ve got at least fifteen minutes… And you can endlessly repeat yourself. […]