Who are SAYarts?

Established in September 2014 after Urban Myth closed their classes, SAYarts is an award-winning collective of actors, directors, writers and arts professionals who seek to continue the strong tradition of theatre-making in Adelaide’s youth community and beyond. Each year we offer students aged 13-18 the opportunity to create and present work with a professional playwright in the Adelaide Fringe Festival. We have performed in the Dream BIG Children’s Festival, exhibited in National Youth Week, and created over 15 original works since our inception. In a usual (non-pandemic) year we hold a showcase of all of our classes in term 3.

Managing Director & Creative Producer Bec Pannell registered the company with the belief that theatre and creative endeavor are crucial in the lives of young people. Initially joining her on the initial creative journey were theatre-maker and actor Claire Glenn (our most recent Artistic Director); extraordinary dance teacher and theatre-maker Nicole Allen.

Our current team are trained industry professionals – including recent graduates from Australian and International Drama Schools. We continue to offer masterclasses with guest specialist teachers. Our goal is to have as much fun as we can whilst helping our students to learn their craft. All of our teaching artists are COVID trained, hold Working With Children Checks, and our senior staff have Child Safe Environment training.

Our first production was Warren in September 2014. Thanks to a Pozible campaign and the amazing support of parents and the Adelaide theatre community we saved this former Urban Myth production and 46 kids ended up on stage at the Goodwood Institute. It was a moment of absolute joy, and there have been many since.

Please contact Bec PannellĀ  0400 202 399

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