Theatre Residency Week | Brisbane Acting Camp | Queensland Theatre


Monday, 18 September – Sunday, 24 September 2017

Now in its 47th year, Theatre Residency week (TRW) is the longest running theatre program of its kind in Australia. Over the years it has been attended by some of Australia’s leading theatre artists, including Deborah Mailman, Wesley Enoch, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Bishop and Veronica Neave.

What is Theatre Residency Week?

Theatre Residency Week (TRW) is a week-long intensive theatre camp for students in years 9-12. Students live on campus at Stuartholme School in its boarding facilities and spend each day developing their acting skills, with workshops and activities. Students work towards creating a group performance for a live audience, which families and friends can come watch on the final day. In the evening, students are engaged in an exciting social and cultural program, including excursions to see live theatre and opportunities to network with leading artists from Queensland Theatre. It is held each year in the September school holidays and is attended by students from all over Australia.

When and where?

Theatre Residency Week will run from Monday, 18 September – Sunday, 24 September 2017. It is held at Stuartholme School, Toowong.

How is it supervised?

In the daily workshop program, students choose core group activities to suit their interests. Each of these core groups (usually a maximum of 20 students) are taught by experienced Teaching Artists, carefully selected by Queensland Theatre. For their pastoral care, they are divided into House Parent Groups of approximately 20 students. Each House Parent is experienced in working with young people and we ensure a number of House Parents have First Aid Training, with a fully qualified First Aid Officer onsite at all times. All staff on site at TRW hold Blue Cards and have successfully completed a Working with Children Check by the Queensland Government. Students are supervised at all times and Queensland Theatre exercises their utmost duty of care in the undertaking of the week, but also ask students to exhibit their best self-care and respect at all times.

How much?

Cost: $885


  • Core Group and Afternoon Workshop tuition (over 40 hours of class time)
  • All-inclusive evening social and cultural program, including networking opportunities, a theatre panel with Queensland Theatre actors and staff and all social activities.
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in dorm style rooms
  • All meals (including morning and afternoon tea)
  • Tickets to a mainstage theatre production and 2 touring in-schools show
  • Tickets for family members to attend the TRW Showcase on the    final day

To register:

Please fill in the application form found at the bottom of this page.

Once you have submitted this application, you will be directed to a payment screen where you must pay a $135 deposit in order to confirm and hold your position. Placements are confirmed in order of receipt and it is necessary to both submit this form and finalise payment of the deposit to secure your spot.  Full refunds are offered for cancellations prior to Friday 18 August, 2017.  After that date the $135 booking deposit is no longer refundable. Various payment options are available.

Theatre Residency Week scholarships

There are a number of different scholarships available for eligible students to apply for in 2017; including the Queensland Theatre Indigenous Scholarship, the Artistic Director's Excellence Scholarship and the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation Regional and Remote Area Scholarship.

  • The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation Regional and Remote Area Scholarship is for students living over 200km from Brisbane and would benefit from financial support to gain access to TRW. There are 5 scholarships available and each covers the program cost ($850)
  • The Artistic Director's Excellence Scholarship is for students who demonstrate excellence in the Performing Arts and show a passion and drive for a future career in the Arts. This scholarship pays for the program cost only.
  • The Queensland Theatre Indigenous Scholarship is designed to encourage young people from Indigenous backgrounds to pursue and explore their passion for Performing Arts. This scholarship pays for travel to/from TRW and the program cost.

How to apply for a scholarship

  • Indicate on your online application that you intend to apply for a scholarship.
  • Attach a 200 - 250 word statement to your online application about why you would benefit from a scholarship. Please identify which scholarship you are applying for. You may also wish to attach additional documents like a supporting reference letter or CV.
  • Applications for scholarships close on Friday, 28 July. Scholarship winners will be announced on Friday, 4 August.
  • If you are applying for a scholarship, there is a $20 non-refundable application fee that must be paid in order for your application to be considered. No matter the outcome of your application, this fee is non-refundable.
  • If you are applying for a scholarship, you do not need to pay the $135 holding deposit.

For more information:

If you have any questions about TRW or Scholarships, please contact Laurel Collins, Programming Coordinator, on or (07) 3010 7606.

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