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    CAAP-MTC Acting Workshop

    Calling Melbourne based Actors...
    We're seeking Expressions of Interest from actors to take part in a free 4 day workshop, in association with Melbourne Theatre Company

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In some traditional societies, the Longhouse is the meeting place where the village gathers to share stories and knowledge and bond as a community.

CAAP’s Longhouse combines talks, performances, masterclasses and workshops with an opportunity to network.

All artists and arts workers interested in exploring Asian Australian themes through contemporary performance are welcome to attend and get involved.


Longhouse #1 Thursday 20 April

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At the beginning of this year, artist and academic Tania Canas published an article for Artshub titled, Diversity is a White Word. Very quickly, it gained traction over social media, igniting debate and support. The first Longhouse of 2017 is dedicated to unpacking and discussing – as a community - the provocative ideas in the article.  Hear from Tim Roseman (Playwriting Australia), Lena Nahlous (Diversity Arts Australia) and Kate Cherry (NIDA) as they respond to questions about how they are tackling the question of diversity in their organisations and practice. And we’d love to know what you think, what your experience is and what your questions are as we open out the conversation for wider discussion. The evening will be facilitated by writer/performer Jenevieve Chang.


Longhouse #2 Thursday 22 June

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“You can’t stay away from this place. It’s your home." Ben, Australian Graffiti

Join us at Sydney Theatre Company for our second Longhouse event as we step behind the scenes of Australian Graffiti ahead of its world premiere. Developed through the Lotus Playwriting Program, an initiative of CAAP and Playwriting Australia and supported by the Girgensohn Foundation,  and commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company, Australian Graffiti follows the journey of a Thai family looking for a place to belong as they take their restaurant from one country town to another.  Playwright Disapol Savetsila, director Paige Rattray, STC Literary Manager Polly Rowe, cast and creatives discuss the journey from page to stage of this remarkable new Australian work. Refreshments will be served at the Bar at the End of the Wharf afterwards.



Longhouse #3 Thursday 10 August

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In Conversation with Belvoir Theatre

Belvoir is one of Australia’s most celebrated and acclaimed theatre companies.  Here’s your opportunity to meet Artistic Director Eamon Flack and members of the Artist Workshop Pilot Programme to hear about Belvoir’s evolving creative vision and upcoming artistic opportunities.



Longhouse #4 November 23rd

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Works by The Collective

 The last Longhouse of the year will be a showcase of works-in-progress by members of The Collective, an independent gathering of multi-skilled, multidisciplinary Asian-Australian performance artists eager to reclaim control over their practice. Members of the collective first met and collaborated together during the Director’s Workshop organised by CAAP and STC in 2016.

We create work and we support the development of new stories. In an industry where our experience has been historically marginalised, we also provide a forum for knowledge sharing, skills development, artistic solidarity and staying match-fit. 


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The Longhouse is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW


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Our acting workshops at Sydney Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre elicited a huge response recently. Now we're coming to Melbourne.

CAAP and Melbourne Theatre Company invite Expressions of Interest from members of the Asian Australian performance community wishing to participate in a free 4 day Acting Workshop facilitated by MTC Associate Director Sarah Goodes.  Previous acting experience is NOT required.  

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MTC Associate Director: Sarah Goodes


The workshop will be a collaborative process, exploring script breakdown, improvisation and scene work. Please bring in a play, or scene from a play, that you are interested in working on.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend the workshop taking place at Melbourne Theatre Company from Monday 22 May to Thursday 25 May.

Workshop details

Dates: Monday 22 May– Thursday 25 May 2017

Workshop hours: 10am – 6pm daily

Venue: MTC HQ (252 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006)

Submission deadline EXTENDED to 5pm Friday 28 April

Please note: Participation in the workshop is unpaid but free of charge. Interstate applicants are welcome to apply but priority will be given to Victoria-based artists.

To submit an EOI please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following details:

1. Name
2. Contact details
3. Your cultural background
4. Your age
5. Languages spoken
6. A brief summary of any acting experience, if any (100 words max)
7. Why you would like to participate & what you hope to gain from the session (150 words max)
8. Any access needs you may have

(Don’t forget to include a headshot with your application.)

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If you have any questions, you can contact MTC on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Contemporary Asian Australian Performance on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cheong Liew at Neddys

...fascinating and funny...


Collage 9 March 2017

★★★★ …The Backstories reignites my fondness for family stories and oral histories.

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Adelaide Festival presents

The Backstories

Directed by William Yang and Annette Shun Wah

The Backstories

A rare glimpse behind the public personas of three of
Adelaide's most intriguing figures.

In their latest collaboration, William Yang and Annette Shun Wah direct three solo shows featuring high profile Asian Australians from South Australia.  Malaysian-born Cheong Liew moved to Adelaide in 1976 before becoming one of this country's most influential chefs.  Moya Dodd, born of a Chinese mother and Anglo-Australian father reached the pinnacle of elite sports in Australian women's soccer before her appointement to the executive committee of FIFA. Leaving his kampung in Malacca, Razak Mohammed became one of Adelaide's most flamboyant fashion designers and co-owner of the iconic Miss Gladys Sym Choon Emporium. Each storyteller performs two shows over six intimate evenings.

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