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ABOUT GECKO ENSEMBLES.

Young people need spaces
where they can find their
own voice and explore their
own creativity.

 

Gecko Ensemble Locations:

 

Metro 

Nedlands

Subiaco

Kwinana

Midland

Thornlie

 

Regional 

Karratha

Kununurra

Bunbury

Gecko Ensembles help young people explore their imaginations and tap into their potential. It’s where self-expression leads to self-confidence.

Every week for 9 weeks of the school term, groups of children come together in a supportive and guided environment to learn new skills. It’s a place where they can stretch their imaginations, play, create and discover.

Barking Gecko Teaching Artists are accomplished industry professionals who are passionate in helping young people discover their expressive potential through drama. Gecko Ensembles assist in developing empathy, self-esteem and confidence through creativity and play.

Gecko Ensembles is a unique program with the primary focus being on developing children’s wellbeing. At Barking Gecko Theatre we believe when children’s creativity is nurtured, their potential is endless.

Call or enrol online today!

Got questions about Ensembles? Please send us an email; we’re here to help. 

Teaching Artists

Saadia Ahmed

Saadia Ahmed is a writer, vlogger, blogger, storyteller, and voice over artist who has worked with children for over five years. Despite graduating as an architect, Saadia decided to pursue her passion for teaching creative writing and drama to children. She was among the founding members of a theatre group in Pakistan and has worked actively for human rights through storytelling.

Kerry Shaw

Asha Kiani

Asha is a performer, theatre maker, musician and teacher (specialising in early childhood education). She has written, produced and performed in pieces for Perth’s Fringe World Festival and Perth International Arts Festival.

With qualifications in Psychology, Youth Work and Teaching, Asha has a passion for working with and empowering young people. As a Teaching Artist, she enjoys combining her understanding of child development with her skills and knowledge in The Arts to facilitate safe, exciting and inspiring workshops.

 

Miles Openshaw

Miles is a highly-skilled theatre director, writer, facilitator and educator with local and international experience. Prior to moving to Perth from UK in 2015, Miles ran a youth theatre program in East London for 6 years.

Miles has a Masters in Applied Theatre (Drama in Educational, Community & Social Contexts) from Goldsmiths College London and his experience in theatre has led him to train and work with National Theatre UK, NIDA, WAAPA and Propel Youth Arts.

Anna Brockway

Anna enjoys sharing acting tools to create a structure for the imagination and creativity of young people. She has worked with Barking Gecko, both acting and running workshops and performed in My Space Too, Magnasonic, Danny In Trouble, Silverfish, Frog Opera, Way Home, The Troll From The Bowl, Two Unreal Stories, and conducted workshops in both metropolitan and regional areas.

Georgia King

Georgia is an actor, theatre maker, producer and educator. She has been nominated for Equity Guild/PAWA Awards four times and Best Individual Performance The Blue Room Theatre Awards twice.

“I love working with the Gecko Ensembles. Working with kids reminds me how important it is to play and it really informs the work I make for children and families.”

Mararo Wangai

Mararo is a Kenyan born writer, performer and media graduate. He believes in the strength and importance of storytelling; and is attracted to stories that deal with struggles of this generation, and the challenges we encounter in an age of propaganda and myths that continue to perpetuate hatred, ignorance and selfishness.

Michelle Hall

Michelle has worked at Pegasus Theatre where she was the Youth Arts Team Leader and developed new creative learning programs to enable theatre, community and school-based learning through the arts. She also worked with Oxford Youth Theatre for 8 years as a tutor-director, making theatre for and with young people aged 6 to 26.

Mark Storen

Mark is a performer, musician, writer, director and educator. Mark is the founder of Whiskey & Boots and his current performance focus is storytelling with music. Most recently Mark was seen in THE ONE, The Subiaco Theatre Festival, Melbourne Fringe and was a performer in Perth Theatre Company’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit.

GECKO ENSEMBLES FAQ.

  • Q: When do Enrolments open?

  • Enrolments open online 6 weeks prior to the first class of the term. All ensembles are aligned to the WA school calendar which means the first week of the school term is also the first week for ensembles

  • Q: What’s the early bird enrolment period?

  • The early bird period opens when enrolments open each term and closes two weeks before the week of first class. Our most popular Gecko Ensembles fill early and we really don’t want people to be disappointed by a discovering their favourite class is already full. Book early and save!

  • Q: When do enrolments close?

  • We hold enrolments open until after the second class of each term, where an Ensemble group is not full. Gecko Ensembles build week by week throughout the term, starting later than the third class puts the student a little too far behind to catch up.

  • Q: What if something goes wrong or I can’t use the online enrolment form?

  • If in doubt, give us a call on (08) 6212 9399 during business hours and we’ll help you through the process.

  • Q: Can I enrol my child for just one term?

  • Yes. Term programs are discrete. You can do as many or as few terms each year as you like. Gecko Ensembles are also great places for your children to make friends and sometimes that means they’ll want to every term. Some children have other commitments such as sport and so choose to do drama with us for some terms but not every term of the year.

  • Q: Can I do a trial class?

  • Unfortunately we cannot offer a trial class. Ensembles are a term-long process that culminates in a showing at the end of term. Trial classes and drop ins throughout the term are not conducive to the workflow of the groups as they learn. However, if a child is enrolled in a Gecko Ensemble and finds that they do not wish to continue after a week or two then we will refund the rest of the term fee less an admin fee and the weeks attended.

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