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Theatre Intensive — ‘Year of the Ox’


2021 is the Year of the Ox. The Ox stands for the honesty of hard work and the power of resilience. Come and join our group of talented artist facilitators as they inspire a contemporary piece of community theatre, using tales from the Chinese Zodiac. Footscray has one of the strongest Chinese and Vietnamese communities in all of Australia and we want to celebrate it together! Advised by a member of the Chinese/Vietnamese community, in this theatre intensive our multi-talented artists will work with kids to create stories, build other worlds and make magical costumes using crafts and digital technology.  

Fusing contemporary dance, lighting, set, costumes and sound design, this holiday workshop has something for all abilities and talents. A final performance will be held on the Thursday 15 April, at 2.30pm in FCAC Performance Space.  

Monday 12 to Thursday 15 April, 10am–3pm
Before and after care available from 8.30am–10am and 3pm–5pm
VENUE: FCAC Performance Space
AGES: 6-12 years old
Early bird (enrol before 24 March): $250
Full $300 / Concession $240
Before care: $10
After care: $15

For participants: Please bring a packed lunch and snacks to eat during lunch and recess breaks.

FCAC acknowledges that 2020 has been a difficult year for our community. If you would like your child to participate but are under financial stress, please contact Urvi (urvi@footscrayarts.com) to discuss a solution.

View our School Holiday Arts Program terms and conditions here.
Download our COVID safe guidelines for workshops here. 

Please note: The health and safety of our staff, artists and patrons, is FCAC’s highest priority. You will be required to follow all COVID-19 protocol at FCAC. When walking around the centre, you will be required to wear a mask and to use hand sanitiser. You will also observe to maximum room capacities, printed outside each venue. Find out more about general COVID Safety at FCAC. 

Meet the Teaching Artists


Hayley Joy Lawson is a performer and director with over 15 years experience in the theatre, film & performing arts industry. She is a graduate of La Trobe University and has also studied theatre performance in New Zealand. Hayley started her career at the age of 10 as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and the stage has been her home ever since. Hayley has taught drama to children through Helen O’Grady’s Drama Academy as well as DramaworX. Hayley works alongside other critically acclaimed theatre artists in the Theatre Intensive Holiday Program events at Footscray Community Arts Centre. 


Tennessee is a theatre maker who graduated from their Bachelor of Performing Arts at Monash in 2015. They first began work with FCAC in 2015 as Support Artist for We Can Be Heroes and are thrilled to be joining the Theatre Intensive team again this year. Tennessee works in stage and production management and their credits include Faux Mo (Mona Foma), The Watching (Western Edge Youth Arts),  Facing Medea (La Mama Theatre),  A Room of One’s Own By Virginia Woolf(fortyfivedownstairs) and We All Know What’s Happening (Vitalstatistix, Adelaide). When they’re not facilitating theatre projects you can often find Tennessee pasta making and bread baking. 


Born in Malaysia, Deepasheni is a versatile movement artist with Odia and Tamil heritage. She began dancing at the age of 4, and completed her formal dance training in Bharathanatyam, a South Indian classical dance style, at Kshetra Dance Academy. Upon moving to Australia in 2014, Deepasheni connected with a community of b-boys and Hip-Hop dancers, and this lead her to discover her passion for freestyle dance culture and Hip Hop. She has been actively competing, performing, and developing her freestyling ability by fusing Hip Hop grooves with Bharathanatyam and various other street dance styles. With a Bachelors of Media and Communications (Journalism), Deepasheni is also a visual storyteller who enjoys directing and producing media using movement, film, and research. She believes that understanding different music, dance cultures, and the communities they come from, enables us to be free with the way we dance, and the people we dance with. With an extensive dance vocabulary, Deepasheni aims to help others explore themselves through movement, and cultivate their personal groove as a self-development tool.  


Vashti draws on a broad range of experience with almost 20 years working across arts and design industries. This includes working as a costume maker and stage manager for a touring opera company, set and prop design for television as well as educational support and coordination for children’s art workshops. She currently works as a production artisan for a Melbourne based lighting designer. 

Presented as part of FCAC’s Creative Workshops Program.

1- Image by Jackie Dixon. 

Date & Times


Monday 12 to Thursday 15 April, 10am–3pm


Footscray Community Arts Centre


Full $300 / Concession $240

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