theatre
makers

Let's make theatre!

Theatre Makers is a workshop program for emerging artists aged 18+ living in Central Australia.

Over 10 weeks, explore the essential skills of theatre including acting, physicality, improvisation and ensemble awareness. Participants receive 1:1 mentorship to help develop an original performance idea and put it onto the stage! There are 12 free places available, offered through an application process. 

Workshop Program
Sundays 10am - 1pm from 1 Sept - 27 Oct 2024

Performance
Sat 9 Nov 2024

Applications open
Fri 5 July 2024

Applications close
Sun 11 August 2024 

Who we are

Theatre Makers is created and run by two collaborators, Betty Sweetlove and Jasmine Story.

We are passionate about creating space for inclusive and experimental theatre opportunities and developing new work in Central Australia.

We work with over 10 artist-facilitators and in partnership with Incite Arts and Red Hot Arts.
Theatre Makers 2024 is made possible thanks to Creative Australia and the NT Government via Arts NT.

Betty Sweetlove (she/her)

Betty grew up in London and the south east of England, and has lived in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) since 2015. She is a performer and playwright whose work engages with history, place, power dynamics and community. She is interested in making theatre that intervenes in the historical record and creates moments of refuge and joy. As a writer, her recent work includes Alien (with Ciella Williams & Rachael Chisholm, in development); Lurker (in development) and The Nestmakers (Desert Festival, 2022) for which she was awarded an Arts NT Varuna Fellowship. She has written new monologues for young people for Marian St Theatre, and her monologue Swallows was published by Currency Press. With training in the movement practices of the Suzuki Actor Training method, butoh and the Viewpoints, Betty enjoys devising and facilitating in collaborative settings. Recent acting credits include Floopy's Fuzzled Feelings (2024, dir. Jac Marriott), REBIRTH by Zen Zen Zo (2022, dir. Gina Tay Limpus), Zen Zen Zo’s Romeo and Juliet (2022, dir. Drew der Kinderen), COLLIDE (2021) with Browns Mart Theatre, and The Maids (2021) at Totem Theatre.

Jasmine Story (she/her)

Jazzy is an emerging performer and writer who has collaborated in numerous local theatre pieces in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, and participated in Zen Zen Zo’s Stomping Ground workshop in Meanjin/Brisbane in 2022 & 2023. In collaboration with Lili Favrel, Jasmine co wrote a children’s psycho-education theatre piece, Floopy’s Fuzzeled Feelings, that uses theatre to teach emotional literacy and regulation techniques for 4-9 year olds. Jasmine previewed her work in development Claypans & Chill at Thorn & Thistle in the Desert Festival 2022. Jasmine also performed in Betty Sweetlove’s debut performance of The Nestmakers at the 2022 Desert Festival. In the 2019 Alice Springs Short Play Festival, Jasmine performed in Bianca Gonos’ work Lady Haha and The Sippers. Jasmine is a counselling student at the Australian College of Applied Professions, whose interest in mental health infuses into her writing. She is interested in using theatre to craft transformation in people’s lives and stories through the emotive force of theatre. In 2023 Jasmine is participating in the Zen Zen Zo Creative Internship Program in physical theatre, and the Playlab Transmission Program for regional playwrights.

Our Supporters
This program takes place in Mparntwe/Alice Springs on unceded Arrernte land. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body, and the Northern Territory Government.