Theatre @ Risk





During the Theatre @ Risk Festival of New Writing we will be offering a very special opportunity: a series of three workshops conducted by playwright and dramaturg Polash Larsen. Get your ideas onto the page and learn techniques to write dramatic action, create strong and engaging characters and turn that story into a script! A must for anyone who has ever wanted to write!

About the Teacher

Polash Larsen

As a playwright and dramaturg Polash Larsen has had an eclectic career with works performed in Melbourne , Sydney and Los Angeles, creating texts for dancers, actors, animators and singers. Recent plays include Babel Towers and The Banyan Tree. He was an invited participant in the second National Dramaturgies Forum, winner of the Inaugural Sydney Short and Sweet People's Choice Award and is an ARIA and Deadly Award nominated musician and song-writer.

About the Course

Saturday 8th September, 10am-1pm:

“Generative writing - making it up.”
Sunday 9th September, 10am – 1pm:

“Writing dramatic action - making it happen.”
Saturday 15th September, 10am – 1pm:

“Writing / rewriting - making it stick, principles of dramaturgy.”

NB: The course will be run as three separate workshops, which should ideally be taken as a series but can be taken indvidiually if preferred.

Cost: $120 for all three workshops or $50 for each individual workshops

Venue: Trades Hall, cnr Lygon and Victoria Sts, Melbourne


For more information & bookings contact the Theatre @ Risk office.
Tel: 9326 7947

Please note workshops will be limited to 16 participants only!



A nine week series of acting workshops exploring approaches to text based performance taken by Theatre @ Risk Artistic Director Chris Bendall with guest workshops from Associate Director Victor Bizzotto and Voice Specialist Julianne Eveleigh.. Learn from the Theatre @ Risk creative team in these special workshops— Enrol now!


There are no more performance workshops being conducted in 2007.

Next performance workshop will commence February 2008.

Stay tuned to this page for more details.

For more information & bookings contact the Theatre @ Risk office.
Tel: 9326 7947

Please note workshops will be limited to 16 participants only!

About the Course

During the 9 weeks of this course, students will have the opportunity to develop their craft as actors with intensive guidance from qualified theatre professionals.
The course will specialise in working with text, with scripts sourced from contemporary stage and screen texts. We will explore approaches to performing contemporary writing, with focus on character development, voice, physical theatre and movement, status, impulse and improvisation. The workshop will culminate in an informal presentation of short scenes rehearsed and developed over the course.

About the Teachers

Chris Bendall
Chris is Artistic Director of Theatre @ Risk. His directing credits include: Mrs Petrov’s Shoe, Arabian Night and Polygraph (nominated for Green Room Award for outstanding direction). He was an Affiliate Director of Melbourne Theatre Co, where he was Associate Director on ‘Art’ and Two Brothers. He has also worked for Playbox, Sydney Theatre Co and Belvoir St Theatre, holds a Graduate Diploma in Theatre Directing (VCA), and received the George Fairfax Memorial Award for Theatre. He has taught at most major drama schools in Melbourne for the past 7 years, including the Victorian College of the Arts and the National Theatre Drama School.

Victor Bizzotto
Victor is co-founder and Associate Director of Theatre @ Risk, directing The B File and Terrorism. He completed the Graduate Diploma in Theatre Directing at VCA, and has been directing for over ten years. Other credits include include Les Miserables (SLAMS Music Theate) for which he won a Lyrebird Award for Theatre Direction, Man Friday (Storeroom Theatre), and Junk Male (Gasworks Theatre). Victor has taught at drama schools around Melbourne for the past 10 years.

Julianne Eveleigh
Julianne originally trained in England as an actor and has been working as a voice and speech coach for the past 15 years. She is also a qualified Alexander Technique teacher. Her work focuses on the dynamic relationship between vocal and physical expression.

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Contact Theatre @ Risk office for more info on:
Tel: 03-9326-7947
Fax: 03-9326-8053