HOTA, Home of the Arts runs a variety of annual programs and initiatives for artists and performers.
One initiative, our Youth Theatre Project, focuses on increasing participants knowledge and skills, while helping them build relationships and make connections which will help them further a career in the theatre.
Rebecca Roscoe took part in HOTA’s first Youth Theatre Project, a performance of ‘All my friends are leaving Brisbane,’ directed by Hugh Parker.
“I was in my first year of University and I knew I always wanted to perform. When I heard about the Youth Theatre Project, I thought wow this is an amazing opportunity,” said Rebecca.
“At the time it was the only performing arts initiative that I knew of in my home town of the Gold Coast, we just didn’t have anything like it.
“All of the top directors, performers and production teams were in Brisbane, I was so excited to be involved in something locally that was produced in such a professional environment.
“The Youth Theatre project was the first professional endeavour I was involved in. And it was a real challenge, but in a good way. Being mentored by a professional team really meant that we needed to step it up,” she said
Rebecca came back a second year to perform in ‘DNA’ Directed by well-known industry Director Catarina Hebbard. And the following year she took on her first professional behind the scenes role as a Stage Manager for ‘Viral’ by award winning Shock Therapy Productions.
One of the aims of the program is to give participants the skills they need to take their career further and Rebecca has since gone on to have a successful career as a Stage & Entertainment Production Manager, working with leading theatre companies on the Gold Coast and internationally.
“I credit the Youth Theatre Project to strengthening my career now as a Stage Manager. I forged so many networks and built important relationships that I am fortunate to call long-standing industry connections. Even after being away, now that I’m back on the Coast I have been reaching out through those networks.”
HOTA is delighted to be employing Rebecca as a Stage Manager for this year’s Youth Theatre Project, where she will mentor participants and share some of the things she’s learned in her career so far.
“My advice to the young people who are involved is to stay open minded to many disciplines that you learn about during this project—I always wanted to be a performer but as I learnt more I realised that there are so many different career pathways and opportunities out there that are equally as rewarding. I now have the flexibility to be involved in lots of different professional roles across the industry – which keeps me learning.”
The Youth Theatre Project is one of HOTA’s ongoing initiatives that is funded through donations from the community. This year we are aiming to raise $25,000 to support young people to have this life changing experience. You can donate here.
“It’s really incredible that our community is getting behind these initiatives and I hope more people continue to support. It’s amazing that people’s generosity has afforded us these incredible opportunities,” said Rebecca.