Cross Age Studio – St Martins Youth Arts Centre
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Cross Age Studio

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Cross Age Studio is a place where young people gather together to create performances that are in direct response to and informed by their thinking about the world.

young girl with curcly hair and stripy top looking up into a theatre light

Cross age Studio is inspired by the idea of ‘radical listening’, whereby differences in age and perspectives are considered valuable assets. Regardless of whether a person is seven or seventeen, through the combination of their shared interests, skill sets and life experiences each participant is designated as a ‘thought leader’ and ‘creative expert in their field of knowledge’.  Through the use of many artistic forms such as: performing, writing, directing, drawing, animation, light and sound, the group offer each other creative feedback alongside their personal gage on social, political, cultural and environmental temperatures.

Young people are beginning to acknowledge and take serious action in opposition to the world they are inheriting. They are sometimes inspired and sometimes tired. They are both hopeful and angry. They are definitely activated.  This is not new for youth cultures, nevertheless unlike previous eras, this one has unprecedented access to information, ideas and technologies in a world that is both metaphorically and literally on fire.

CAS seeks to nurture the specific strengths of each young person through the creation of performances that are connected to their world in ways that meaningfully reflect them back to themselves. That both celebrate and challenge the group and their audiences to identify where we’ve come from, who we currently are and where we might be going.

Dates & times 2021

Term 1 

28th January

2nd April

Term 2 

19th April 

26th JuNE

Term 3

12th July

18th September

Term 4

18th September

11th December
Saturday
9:30am – 11:15am

Northcote High School

We acknowledge the barriers to the arts that exist for many young people because of disability, cultural difference or social disadvantage and we offer scholarships and programs to overcome these barriers.

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