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Originate 2022
Audition Call Out *Applications now closed*

Are you a young performer keen on physical and devised performance practices?

Q Theatre is seeking artists aged 18-26 to audition to take part in the 2022 Originate project, Chorus. This is a skills development project that results in a public outcome. We welcome Expressions of Interests from artists across all levels of experience and disciplines.

We are also keen to hear from emerging lighting or sound designers who are Western Sydney based and interested in interning with a professional designer. For design intern enquiries please contact us directly at creativelearning@penrith.city.

Directed by Shy Magsalin
Created by Originate’s ensemble of emerging theatre makers

Originate seeks to up-skill early-career artists in the areas of new work development, cross art form practice and to facilitate new collaborations.

Solidarity. Unity. The collective voice of many bodies coming together. The rallying cries that charge up a crowd. After almost 2 years of social isolation, Chorus is a new physical theatre work by the 2022 Originate ensemble that digs deep into the communal experience. Looking at ways groups shift and evolve, what does it mean to band together and reclaim the power of the collective?

Q Theatre’s Originate program gathers emerging theatre-makers and artists to train, collaborate and create. This year’s production is directed by Shy Magsalin and she’s ready to bring all the rigour of her physical performance practices to the ensemble’s collaborative process.

Shy Magsalin is a theatremaker and performer. She is head of the ensemble Ninefold in Sydney and works and trains regularly with the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) in Japan. Shy graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Performance (Theatremaking) before continuing to study the Suzuki Method of Actor Training with Zen Zen Zo (Brisbane), OzFrank Theatre (Brisbane), SITI Company in New York (2007, 2009) and, SCOT in Japan (2008-current). She has directed and performed locally, interstate and internationally. Shy is also a teaching artist across various institutions such as Actors Centre Australia, NIDA Open, The HubStudio, Riverside Theatres and PYT.

Q Theatre, The Joan’s resident theatre-making program.

Performers of various levels of experience are encouraged to apply. A background or interest in devising new work will be an advantage.

There is no charge for participation in this program.

Auditions are in groups over two nights:

  • Wednesday 2 March 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Thursday 3 March 5.30pm – 7.30pm

If your EOI is successful, we will notify you by 16 February which night you will attend your group audition. Artists will be led through a series of physical exercises and devising tasks and perform a short pre-prepared piece.

To be considered for inclusion in the project artists must be available for the following rehearsal schedule:


Week DayDates
ScheduleStart/Finish Time
1Saturday12 MarchRehearsal Intensive10am – 4pm
1Sunday13 MarchRehearsal Intensive10am – 4pm
2Thursday31 MarchRehearsal5.30pm – 8.30pm
3Thursday7 AprilRehearsal5.30pm – 8.30pm
4Thursday14 AprilRehearsal5.30pm – 8.30pm
5Tuesday19 AprilRehearsal5.30pm – 8.30pm
5Thursday21 AprilRehearsal5.30pm – 8.30pm
6Tuesday26 AprilRehearsal5.30pm – 8.30pm
6Thursday28 AprilRehearsal5.30pm – 8.30pm
7Tuesday3 MayRehearsal5.30pm – 8.30pm
7Thursday5 MayRehearsal5.30pm – 8.30pm
8Tuesday10 MayRehearsal5.30pm – 8.30pm
8Thursday12 MayRehearsal5.30pm – 8.30pm
9Saturday14 MayRehearsal10am – 4pm
9Sunday15 MayRehearsal10am – 4pm


ScheduleStart/Finish Time
Monday16 MayProduction Week – Tech Rehearsal5pm – 10pm
Tuesday17 MayProduction Week – Tech/Dress Rehearsal5pm – 10pm
(Performance 7.30pm – 8.30pm)
Wednesday18 MayProduction Week – Preview6pm – 9pm
(Performance 7.30pm – 8.30pm)
Thursday19 MayProduction Week – Opening Night (Performance #1)6pm – 9pm
(Performance 7.30pm – 8.30pm)
Friday20 MayProduction Week – (Performance #2)6pm – 9pm
(Performance 7.30pm – 8.30pm)
Saturday21 MayProduction Week – Closing Night (Performance #3)6pm – 9pm
(Performance 7.30pm – 8.30pm)


  • EOI Due: Sunday 13 February
  • Auditions Advised: Wednesday 16 February
  • Auditions Held: Wednesday 2 March & Thursday 3 March
  • Successful Applicants Advised: Friday 4 March

Please prepare a 1 page CV of your experience (Word or PDF format) and click the button below to apply:


If you have any queries about your application, please email creativelearning@penrith.city