After a 3-year hiatus, Zen Zen Zo’s popular Creative Entrepreneur Internship is back. In 2019 the company will offer the 12th Internship Program in Brisbane. This innovative course provides one of the few opportunities in Australia for emerging artists (actors, directors, producers, visual artists, teachers & administrators) to acquire the skills and contacts necessary to make the transition into the professional performing arts industry. It also caters to established artists looking to re-train in auxiliary areas and rejuvenate themselves mid-career. Closely mentored by Dr Lynne Bradley — Zen Zen Zo co-founder and Artistic Director — the Interns undertake a series of intensive training units in:
- acting & physical theatre
- fitness training
- grant writing
- sports psychology
- devising & the creation of an end-of-year show.
IN 2019, ONLY 8-10 PLACES WILL BE OFERED to ensure maximum attention is given to each individual artist’s journey and development. Places are secured by application only.
Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre has produced around 50 professional productions, toured nationally and internationally, and trained a generation of actors, directors, producers and physical theatre performers and teachers over the past 22 years. The artists and arts workers trained in the stimulating and challenging environment of Zen Zen Zo have been extremely successful in gaining other employment within the industry and the company now has a reputation for producing some of Australia’s most dynamic emerging talent. Past Zen Zen Zo Interns have included:
- Steven Mitchell Wright – Artistic Director, The Danger Ensemble, dangerensemble.com
- Dave Sleswick – International Producer & Owner of the Tivoli Theatre & Motherboard Productions, artsreview.com.au/on-the-couch-with-dave-sleswick/
- Fleur Elise Noble – Visual Artist, fleurelisenoble.com
- Jill Geurts – New York-based Actor & Producer, thenewnatives.net/team/
- Julia Billington – Film, TV & Theatre Actor, sjmanagement.com.au/actor/Julia-Billington
- Hannah Myers – UK Producer, StoneNest, stonenest.org
- Dr Jeremy Neideck – QUT Theatre Lecturer & Director, staff.qut.edu.au/staff/neideckj/
- Chenoeh Miller – Performance Art Curator, artnotapart.com/team/chenoeh-miller/
- Simon Tate – Head of Theatre, Queensland Academy for Creative Industries, qaci.eq.edu.au
- Merlynn Tong – Actor & Playwright, https://australianplays.org/playwright/PL-123
This is just a small selection of the Zen Zen Zo Internship graduates who have gone on to make an outstanding contribution to the Performing Arts industry, nationally and internationally.
Those who are accepted into the Internship become an integral part of the Zen Zen Zo company, developing strong bonds with the other Interns and company members. The Zen Zen Zo philosophy is based on the ensemble, and a major component of the Internship is learning to live, work and create in a group environment. Whilst not the primary aim of the program, at the conclusion of the Internship some of the Interns may be invited to become a permanent part of the company.
In 2019 the Interns will also be given the option of traveling to Japan to train and perform with Butoh Master Maro Akaji and Dairakudakan (the oldest and largest Butoh company in the world) for a week in July-August.
Internship Dates: 28 July – 7 Dec
Tuition Fee: $5000*
* Fee covers everything except books, show tickets & the (optional) Japan trip.
* Interstate/International participants organise their own accommodation.
Applications can be submitted at any time until the program is full. Some Interns have already been accepted. Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and should include:
- 1-page Artist’s Statement which outlines your reasons for wanting to participate in the Creative Entrepreneur Internship with Zen Zen Zo
- 1-page CV or Biography
- Sample of your work (video/self-test/portfolio) or you can invite Lynne to see a show you are performing in or have directed, designed or produced.
Enquiries: Dr Lynne Bradley – email@example.com