Monday, 7 April 2014

CABARET WINTER WORKSHOP @ Hayes Theatre Co. 2 - 13 June 2014

Hayes Theatre Co, Amazon Woman Enterprises and Queenie van de Zandt 
Devise, produce and perform your own cabaret show
Monday 2nd – Friday 13th June 9am – 5pm
Public performances on Saturday 14th June
At Hayes Theatre Co.

“Never before has there been a workshop like this in Australia. Queenie van de Zandt has a knack of bringing together the best in the business to be a part of her courses and she’s done it again with Cabaret Winter Workshop. What an amazing opportunity to work with the leading lights of the cabaret scene to develop your own cabaret show.  I wish this had been around when I was starting out!”
David Campbell

“I maintain that just as everybody has a book inside them, everybody has a cabaret inside just waiting to get out. The cabaret form allows you to express your story, your ideas, your unique take on things. When a cabaret artist follows a path that intrigues them - that's the stuff that great cabaret is made from.”
Queenie van de Zandt

Registrations will open soon for the Cabaret Winter Workshopa 2-week course that will teach you how to write, produce and perform your own cabaret show, led by cabaret and musical theatre star, Queenie van de Zandt, along with a Who's Who of cabaret in Australia including: 
  • iOTA (Smoke & Mirrors, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Great Gatsby)
  • Virginia Hyam (Cabaret producer & former executive producer of The Studio at Sydney Opera House) 
  • David Harris (Legally Blonde, Miss Saigon, Wicked)
  • Jonathan Biggins (Co-writer, director & performer of the STCs Wharf Review)
  • Natalie Gamsu (Strictly Ballroom, Mary Poppins, star of the New York cabaret scene)
  • Bev Kennedy (Musical director of Broadway Unplugged, The Lion King, Jersey Boys) 
  • Lisa Campbell (Manager & former associate producer of Adelaide Cabaret Festival)
  • Alison Avron (Singer/songwriter & venue operator of the New York-style cabaret venue The Newsagency)
  • Richard Carroll (Producer Britney Spears: The Cabaret, Diamonds are for Trevor, An Evening with Megan Mullally)
  • Garry Scale (Director of Fat Swan & cabaret writer/performer at the legendary cabaret venue - The Tilbury Hotel)
  • Brendan Maclean (Songwriter, social media guru, cabaret performer, & radio announcer on Triple J)
  • Andrew Ross (NIDA's Head of Music & former musical director for Barry Humphries' Dame Edna Everage)  
  • And more soon to be announced...

Early registrations and members of the Hayes Theatre Co or Queenie van de Zandt's mailing lists will be eligible for a discounted course fee. As there will be limited numbers in the course, please register now for the newsletters to be the first to hear when registrations open, and to learn how to obtain the discounted fee: 

Hayes Theatre Co. newsletter

Queenie van de Zandt newsletter

The Cabaret Winter Workshop is a groundbreaking 2-week course designed to help you attain the unique skills needed to devise, produce and perform your own cabaret show. Over the course of two weeks at Hayes Theatre Co, you will learn all about the cabaret genre, cabaret styles and forms, what makes great cabaret, and the skills needed to devise, produce and perform a cabaret show, and come away with the first version of your own unique cabaret. You will also hear from and work with some of the leading lights of the cabaret world – performers, directors, writers, producers, musical directors, festival curators and publicists, who together will de-mystify the process of creating, performing and producing your own work.

The workshop will conclude with performances at Hayes Theatre Co as part of its annual cabaret season. Performers will have the chance to showcase their work and feel it come alive onstage in front of an audience of their peers, tutors and the people that book cabaret shows!

This workshop is designed for emerging and mid-career creators and performers, 18 years and over, from all over Australia, who are interested in cabaret and would like to know how to create, produce or perform a cabaret either for themselves or for a group. Maybe you have an idea for a cabaret show and want help to develop it or maybe you need help in sparking the idea – in either case, this workshop will work for you. Be you a singer, circus performer, songwriter, standup comedian, producer, actor or don’t fit into any genre, come along and take this unique opportunity to spend time developing your show under the guidance of the multi-talented Queenie van de Zandt and Who's Who of the cabaret industry in Australia.

It would be helpful to come to the workshop with an idea for a cabaret to develop and (if applicable) songs you’d like to sing in that cabaret. "But I don't have an idea for a cabaret"!  You won't be alone! Queenie and the other tutors will help you find a unique idea that you will conceive and develop during the workshop.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The aim is that you will complete the Cabaret Winter Workshop with:​
  • ​   An understanding of the cabaret genre and its history
  •    Practical experience of creating a cabaret show
  •    The skills needed to find great music to include in your cabaret
  •    An understanding of the various styles and forms a cabaret can take
  •    The writing skills and processes that will help you create your own cabaret
  •    An understanding of the elements found in successful cabarets
  •    Valuable contacts for cabaret festivals and venues around Australia
  •   An outline of your own unique cabaret show

You will be given information and reference material on: the history of cabaret; cabaret venues and festivals in Australia; successful cabarets that can be used as a reference point; cabaret styles and forms; choosing the right material; where to find sheet music; and guidelines and processes for writing cabaret. 

In week one you will learn about the cabaret form, what makes a great cabaret idea, and what performance skills cabaret demands. As well as Queenie’s expert instruction, you will have master classes, talks and forums with leaders in the field. These will include high-profile cabaret performers, musical directors, producers, directors, writers, curators of some of Australia's largest cabaret festivals and venues, and publicists who will help you learn how to find an audience for your work.

In week two you will work with Queenie, a musical director and other professional cabaret artists writing, producing and performing a group cabaret show, which will be performed in front of a paying audience and cabaret professionals at Hayes Theatre Co.

This workshop is the first one of it’s kind in Australia.  Four years in the making, it’s the brainchild of award-winning cabaret and musical theatre star – Queenie van de Zandt, who as well as having a 25 year career as a performer is also a highly sought after teacher. Queenie has taught at NIDA, VCA and BAAPA, and has a long history of helping performers of all ages land roles in professional musicals through her audition technique workshops. She brings to her work not only this wealth of experience but also her fine communication skills, her passion for the arts, her warm and positive nature and her wonderful sense of humour. To work with Queenie is an opportunity absolutely not to be missed.

On top of that, it’s the only cabaret workshop that exposes you to the most current, cutting edge cabaret performers, directors, producers, venue curators, musical directors and writers, all of whom have the skills and knowledge to set you on a successful cabaret career.

WHAT: Cabaret Winter Workshop
WHEN: 2nd - 13th June, Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm, with public performances on Saturday 14th June
WHERE: Hayes Theatre Co. 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point, Sydney (with possible other venues)
COST: Early Bird Registrations: $1760 (incl. GST)
FOR: Anyone over 18 years old, interested in producing, writing or performing cabaret

As the number of places in the course will be limited - register now for Queenie van de Zandt’s newsletter and the Hayes Theatre Co newsletter to be the first to hear when registrations open and to get discounts on enrolments.
Queenie van de Zandt newsletter

Hayes Theatre Co. newsletter

"Usually I like playing other people. I like finding myself through other characters. But when you do cabaret you are yourself.  I think it's the most fun, and I tell you, if somebody had told me that, I would have done it fifteen years earlier than I did."
Faith Prince

Hayes Theatre Co is made possible through the City of Sydney’s Accommodation Grant Program