Junior Theatre Festival Scholarship

Junior Theatre Festival Scholarship

Stage Whispers is teaming up with the Junior Theatre Festival Australia to offer two teachers a free trip to the gala event at the Civic Theatre Newcastle this October.  

This year's star-studded Junior Theatre Festival Australia, which invites students and teachers from schools and educational musical theatre groups representing NSW, Qld, Vic, SA, WA and New Zealand to participate, will now be welcoming teachers, directors and educators from across the country.

Two lucky Australian teachers will be awarded this new professional development experience and enjoy an all-expenses paid opportunity to attend the two-day event at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle on October 28 and 29.

Produced in partnership with iTheatrics, a leading educational theatre company that creates innovative experiences and products for the public and private sector, the Junior Theatre Festival Australia is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival celebrating young people and the transformative power of musical theatre.

"The 2022 Junior Theatre Festival Australia is our seventh festival and our fifth event in-person. From the beginning we have worked with New York based iTheatrics to make sure this event shines a spotlight on the importance of young people having access to quality musical theatre programs," said co-producer Daniel Stoddart.

Teachers and educators learn and grow by getting a behind-the-scenes look at how professional Broadway directors and educators inspire their musical theatre students. Through the many experiences, activities and workshops, JTF Australia offers educators the knowledge, skills, strategies and tools that can be transferred and applied back in their own schools to grow their own programs.

"Our JTF family continues to grow and inspire us. At the festival and back in their communities, these teachers and students encourage each other to find more and more creative ways to get their musicals on stage and to build stronger programs,” says the Managing Director of Musical Theatre International Australasia, Stuart Hendricks.

"The Junior Theatre Festival’s core objective has always been to celebrate and support young people and their teachers, who make the world a better place one musical at a time," says iTheatrics and Junior Theatre Group CEO Timothy Allen McDonald.

What’s included in the Stage Whispers Teacher Support Scholarship?

• Return flights from each winner’s city of origin.

• 3 nights accommodation and breakfast at the official JTF Australia event hotel.

• JTF Australia registration fee and access to all events.

• A 12 month Stage Whispers magazine subscription.

How To Apply

Directors, teachers and educators from Australian public, private and independent schools (primary or secondary) as well as directors and educators within drama academies are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Candidates are required to include in their one-page application.

• Name of school/academy at which you are currently employed, including enrolment numbers and your role.

• Current creative arts programs, or programs that you are developing.

• Personal interest and experience in teaching drama, music or dance.

• What you would hope to gain from your experience at the Junior Theatre Festival.

This year's title sponsors are Music Theatre International Australasia (MTIA), City of Newcastle and Travel Gang.

To register your school or academy for one of only two remaining places at the festival visit: oztheatrics.com/jtfaustralia

Scholarship applications close on 24th August, 2022. Email applications to jazzhands@oztheatrics.com