shake & stir theatre co.
Established in 2006, shake & stir has become one of Australia’s leading contemporary youth theatre companies.
shake & stir theatre co-currently, produce a season of 11 in-school productions. The repertoire includes adaptations of Shakespeare’s most popular works, a program of moral-based performances targeting key issues affecting youth and a primary school season including the first in-schools production introducing Shakespeare to primary students. Each of shake & stir theatre co’s productions are accredited by Education Queensland and are compiled by a team of young theatre professionals with a passion for creating and sharing inspiring theatre with young people.
In addition to a busy annual touring schedule, shake & stir has a thriving after school drama program reaching approx 300 students at both primary and secondary levels across Brisbane. Like their in-school performances, shake & stir drama classes are dynamic, fast-paced, youthful and inspiring. A recent addition to the menu of offerings at shake & stir theatre co is the main stage production department.
shake & stir theatre co-produce an annual season of main stage productions, designed for national touring. These productions target the young and the young at heart and engage audiences to a degree only possible in a live theatre space. Past productions include Shakespeare (Helpmann Award nomination, 2012) and the first Australian adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Both Shakespeare and Animal Farm undertook extensive national tours. In August 2012, shake & stir produced a brand-new Australian adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. This production played a sold-out season at The Cremorne Theatre, QPAC.
shake & stir theatre co is a privately owned company, co-founded by Ross Balbuziente, Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij.
Mission: To motivate, educate & relate to youth via an infectious enthusiasm for the live arts.
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