Digital Workshop FAQ

What equipment do I need?

To take part in our digital workshops young people will need to have access to:

  • A computer, smartphone or tablet with a microphone and camera
  • Internet connection
  • A safe, clear space to work in
  • Pen and paper

How will the digital classes be the same or different to the in-person St Martins classes?

St Martins is committed to offering the same high-quality workshops that embed principles of inclusivity, creativity and collaboration. We are limiting workshop sizes to ensure that we can deliver the individual feedback and group dialogue that are cornerstones of devising.
Our artists will adapt their practices to the digital space, working with the technology to find new possibilities. Young people will still be able to create solo and group performances for an audience.

Workshop lengths have been shortened, as maintaining focus online can be more challenging than in person. The workshops are 60minutes for 6 to 10 year olds and 90minutes for 11 to 17 year olds.

Are you returning on site?

Unfortunately due to the instability of COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne, we have halted onsite workshops to be assessed in 2021 where we can ensure they are safe.

Is there still going to be performance opportunities?

Yes! This year we are celebrating our 40th birthday and will be exploring the theme of the stories that shaped us throughout our workshops and the young people be invited to contribute and perform to our live online performance event, 40:40 Live, as well as potentially other projects throughout the year.

My young person wants to be in the same workshop as their friends, but the age groups have changed, how do I find out who the artists are?

As we adapt our workshops to the online space physical, locations are no longer a barrier to working together. We imagine that previous young people from Northcote and South Yarra will be in the same session and may even be joined by young people who don’t live in Melbourne. We list the workshop artists in the age bracket information page, if you have any concerns about the workshop please get in contact with Alex.

Is there a trial period?

St Martins can provide a full refund, if your young person does not wish to continue the digital workshops after the first week. To be eligible you must contact Alex, Workshop and Office Coordinator in writing by October 17th. Requests after this date will not be able to be processed.

What software or applications do I need and where do I get these from?

We will be using the Zoom platform for our online workshops. Zoom is free to join - you do not need to have a paid account to take part in our workshops. You must download the application before the first workshop from here: Zoom Download

What happens if my internet drops out (or in the case of technical difficulties)?

If a participant loses connection during a workshop, the Inclusion Artist will call the contact number on file so that the young person can participate via audio, until the technical issue is resolved. If you know prior to the workshop that you will have issues connecting (for example, if your internet connection is down that week), please make contact with Alex, our Workshop and Office Coordinator, prior to the workshop.

How will you ensure the online safety of our young people?

We take the safety of our young people very seriously and have created clear online safety policies and procedures. Upon enrolling all parents and guardians must read and sign our Online Safety Pack, which is available on our website.

Who can I talk to if safety concerns arise throughout the term?

We have a committed team here at St Martins who are dedicated to ensuring the safety of young people throughout all of our work practices. If you have online safety concerns, you can contact Alex, our Workshop and Office Coordinator or Tom, our Inclusion Coordinator. If you'd like to speak with the Teaching Artists directly, please contact Alex first, who will put you in touch with the most appropriate point of contact.

What happened to Cross Age?

Due to the smaller class sizes and our new approach to age brackets, Cross Age will not be running in Term 4.

What if my child has support needs?

St Martins aims to ensure workshops are accessible for all young people, and to back up this we have experienced inclusion support artists in each workshop that work to support each young persons needs. If you have particular questions or require more resources to help assist your young person in accessing the workshops please contact Tom, our Inclusion Coordinator.

Are the inclusion scholarships available?

Yes, for more information click here.

Are you offering anything for young people aged 5 or under?

We are still taking interest for young people aged 5, please contact Alex, our Workshop and Office Coordinator for a case by case basis.

I've always wanted to do St Martins but we've been too far away, can I join if we're interstate?

Yes! We encourage people who were never able to make it to an On-Site Workshop to join our Digital Workshop program!

For any more questions, please get in contact with Alex, Workshop and Office Coordinator.