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Protégé Master Classes

Be inspired and reach your potential as part of Ipswich City Council’s brand new youth arts program. Learn from industry professionals and participate in FREE workshops, events, networking opportunities and performances specialising in music, drama, dance, visual art and production. Workshops and events are open to young people of any ability. Be the first to hear about workshops and events by signing up for alerts below, or for more information email protege@ipswich.qld.gov.au.

Production Workshops and Events

Production workshops are free and are able to be booked by local community, youth and school groups with a maximum of 10 participants (plus teachers) per workshop.

View details of current workshops below or send your booking or enquiry to:

Production Workshops Bookings/Enquiries

Lighting Workshops

Presented in partnership with Studio 188

Suitable for: Students interested in lighting for live music, theatre, dance and events
Length: Two hours
Workshop outline:

  • 50% theory, 50% hands-on experience
  • Lighting and colour palettes
  • Lighting focus
  • Truss and rigging
  • Lighting production design
  • Opportunity to operate the lighting console and explore a range of lighting themes under the guidance of experienced Studio 188 technicians

Audio Workshops

Presented in partnership with Studio 188

Suitable for: Students interested in audio production for live music, theatre and events
Length: Two hours
Workshop outline:

  • 50% theory, 50% hands-on experience
  • Microphones and microphone placement
  • Speakers and amplification
  • Live sound
  • Audio mixing
  • Opportunity to operate the sound console and experiment with actual live recordings under the guidance of experienced Studio 188 technicians

Production Workshops Bookings/Enquiries

Protégé Workshop Ambassadors

Name: Brittney Kahl (20)
Discipline: Music (Singer/Songwriter, Artist Manager, Journalist)
Suburb: Blackstone
Schools: Ipswich Girls Grammar School | Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Business (PR) and Bachelor of Creative Industries (Entertainment Industries)

What do you love about music?
What I love about music and the music/entertainment industry is that everyone who is a part of it has a strong passion for what they’re doing. It’s one of the only industries that require a high level of love for the job as passion is one of the most crucial elements to having a career in music. I also love how the industry is always evolving, new genres, new sounds, new artists! It’s amazing!
I am constantly meeting new people and I love hearing about their creative projects and past experiences, it inspires me and the work that I do.

Where do you picture yourself in five years?
In five years I will have graduated from my degree, and owning my own independent record label managing a handful of local emerging bands or managing a venue. I love the idea of living overseas too!

Why do you think Protégé will be great for youth with an interest in the arts?
I think the Protégé program is great for youth because it helps show kids that there is a plethora of avenues to take down the creative path, and that the poor starving musician isn’t the only one. Schools only scratch the surface as to what’s on offer as a creative worker, and that you can still be successful even if you can’t sing and dance. I’m so happy that the Protégé program has come along because we get to inspire kids to follow their dreams and passions by giving them the correct tools, and who knows what may come of that.


Name: Aaron Evans (25)
Discipline: Drama (Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer)
Suburb: Leichhardt
School/s: Bundamba State Secondary School.

What do you love about drama?
That you are able to create and tell people stories.

What’s the hardest thing about drama?
Performing in front of an audience can be as terrifying as it is rewarding.

Do you have a hidden or unusual talent?
I seem to have a photographic memory when it comes to music. I can often tell someone how old a song is when it starts playing.

What inspired you to get into drama?
I use to do comedy during high school. I would try and make everyone laugh. My high school teacher asked me to be in a theatre restaurant and the rest is history…

Why do you think Protégé will be great for youth with an interest in the arts?
It will give them the tools to help unlock the skills they will need to help with their passion. The support and teaching you can get in the early stages can really help carve your dreams.


Name: Aliesha Hartley (22)
Discipline: Dance
Suburb: Karalee
School: Dancetime Studio

What do you love about dance?
Everything! It is the one thing that always makes me happy. It is a release from everything that is happening around you. It is the lifelong friends I have made and the skills I have obtained to become a teacher. So there is no one thing I love it is everything.

What’s the hardest thing about dance?
Self-discipline. You are your own worst critic! You can train day in and day out but you still have something you think you can do better/could have done better. Technique training is something you have to work so hard at.

What inspired you to get into dance?
As a kid I always loved to dance! Then growing up, watching all the musicals, older dancers and all different shows just made me love it more! I do have to say though that my dance teacher, Mandy, is my biggest inspiration. She has always pushed me to do my best and made me the dancer I am today. I am forever grateful.

Why do you think Protégé will be great for youth with an interest in the arts?
I have done the workshops for years and I have had the best time! I have learnt so much and met some beautiful lifelong friends. It is honestly such an amazing opportunity that I highly recommend.


Name: Jordan Sellers (21)
Discipline: Production (Video Editor, Camera Operator, Radio/Podcast Host, Student Producer)
Suburb: Springfield
School: University of Southern Queensland

What do you love about production?
I love making entertaining, unique and cool content for audiences. I’m passionate about editing and finding new and interesting ways to engage viewers.

Do you have a hidden or unusual talent?
In my spare time I like to play guitar, I’m a huge Green Day fan so I can play about 80% of their discography back to front.

What inspired you to get into production?
I grew up around computers so ever since I was really young I would make short fun videos in Windows Movie Maker or iMovie and the passion just kind of grew from there. Now I’m dealing with professional video editing software and across a whole other range of skills relating to the media industry.

Why do you think Protégé will be great for youth with an interest in the arts?
I think it will be great to get people aware. It took me quite a while to realise there was a future in all the hobbies I developed when I was a kid, so letting people know that there is a future in this kind of work with a huge range of opportunities is a great step.


Name: Tahlay Browne (14)
Discipline: Visual Art
Suburb: Brassall

What do you love about visual art?
What I love about art is the freedom of imagination and creativity. Also the fact that I can freely express my opinions and thoughts through art pieces.

What’s the hardest thing about visual art?
The hardest thing would probably be comparing my art to other artists, even though all artists have a different art style I always find myself comparing mine to other people.

What inspired you to get into your discipline?
The fact that there are no rules or limitations to creating a good art piece.

Where do you picture yourself in five years?
I’ll be 19 so I would’ve just finished school so hopefully I’ll be either studying to be an art teacher or if I’m lucky travelling around Japan or Amsterdam.

Why do you think Protégé Master Classes will be great for youth with an interest in the arts?
It’s giving adolescents an opportunity to develop their talents.