• Ben Drysdale

Applications for Actorvate are now open!

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

Apply to join Rebus Theatre’s ACTORVATE training in Applied Theatre skills.

Training is FREE with limited PAID positions available. Read below or download the information pack here.

What is Actorvate?

Actorvate is a training course in Applied Theatre skills, otherwise known as Community Theatre, Theatre for Social Change or Community Arts and Cultural Development, supported but the ACT Government. These are all terms for the use of theatre to bring about healing and empowerment in individuals and communities.

Actorvate will train participants in Playback Theatre and Forum Theatre, teaching theatre in community settings, and designing and implementing Applied Theatre projects. You may apply to be part of any or all of these modules.

Actorvate has a limited number of paid positions, primarily for those with significant skills already in theatre and/or community arts, as well as some free but unpaid positions.

Actorvate classes will commence in school term 4 2020 and run until the end of school term 2, 2021. In the second half of 2021, there will be opportunities to design and run small projects with different communities and participate in an end-of-program final performance.

Rebus hopes that Actorvate will increase the pool of artists that we have to employ on future projects, build an ongoing ensemble to perform Playback and Forum Theatre, and increase the quality and number of Applied Theatre projects in the ACT and the world.

Who can join?

Actorvate is primarily for people with some relevant previous experience. This might be in theatre, other artforms, other fields such as counselling, community development, teaching, public-speaking or group-leading. This doesn’t need to be professional experience, and if you’re keen but don’t have experience, please apply anyway! People with disability, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds and Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders are particularly encouraged to apply.


If you would like to apply to be part of Actorvate, please send us:

  1. A statement of why you would like to be part of Actorvate, and what you hope to get out of it;

  2. A detailed CV, including any experience you have in:

  3. theatre;

  4. other forms of performance or other artforms;

  5. physical disciplines of any kind (martial arts, dance, sport, yoga, etc);

  6. counselling, personal growth or helping professions;

  7. social change work of any kind;

  8. teaching, formal or informal.

  9. And fill in the application form on SurveyMonkey here

DEADLINE for applications:

5pm Sunday September 13.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to an audition workshop from 6pm-8pm on Tuesday September 22. Venue to be determined.

Modules available:

(exact dates and times will be decided in consultation with participants)

Playback Theatre:

Playback Theatre is a form of interactive theatre in which members of the audience tell stories from their lives and actors and musicians improvise the stories back to them. It can be hilarious or moving depending upon the story told. It can be a tool for healing, connection, reconciliation and entertainment.

3hrs/week for 5 weeks plus one full day. Dates/time TBA between 12 October – 13 November

Forum Theatre:

Forum Theatre is a form of interactive theatre in which actors present a short play that depicts a social problem. Audience members can call ‘Stop!’ come onto the stage to replace one of the actors and try to solve the problem. It is a form of collective problem-solving, and a way to rehearse for social change.

3hrs/week for 4 weeks plus one full day. Dates/time TBA between 16 November – 11 December

Teaching Theatre in a Community Context:

A look at the specific skills necessary to teach acting and theatre-making to people who may not be aspiring professionals, especially those who have experienced marginalisation or trauma.

2hrs/week during school term 1, 2021. Dates/time TBA between 1 February and 2 April 2021.

Design and Implementation of Applied Theatre Projects:

How and why do we do Applied Theatre projects in a community? Philosophy and values of Applied Theatre, and practical tips.

2hrs/week during school term 2, 2021. Dates/time TBA between 19 April and 25 June 2021.

We have a number of potential class times for each module in the application survey, and will pick times based on what suits the most students.

Additionally, we are hoping to run 4 weekend workshops dependent upon COVID-19 restrictions. Further information will be available about those in future. Sign up to our mailing list to stay in the loop. We are currently only seeking expressions of interest in the above modules.


The main teacher will be the Artistic Director of Rebus Theatre, Robin Davidson. Robin has worked in theatre, mostly Applied Theatre, for more than thirty-five years. He is a graduate of the Charles Sturt University Theatre/Media course with First Class Honours. He has taught in Indonesia, Timor L’este, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

For the Teaching in the Community and Design and Implementation modules, Robin will co-teach with Ali Clinch. Ali is an Associate Artist of rebus theatre, a graduate of the Applied Theatre course at Griffith University in Brisbane, with Honours and was winner of the Griffith University Medal. She has been working in Applied Theatre for more than ten years.

COVID-19 precautions:

Classes will be delivered in person, with appropriate precautions to remain COVID-Safe, including social distancing. Rebus has a comprehensive COVID-Safe plan that will be sent out to all participants. This may change if ACT Government advice changes.

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