Shopfront contemporary arts centre (also known as Shopfront Theatre For Young People) has members between the ages of 8 to 25, located in Carlton, New South Wales, Australia. Shopfront provides a place, resources, training, and development opportunities for young artists. The Shopfront building is a theatre facility, with three rehearsal studios, sound studio and digital film editing suite.

Company History

Shopfront was formed in 1976, by Errol Bray and Garry Fry- two theatre directors with a goal in mind that young people needed their own space to create work with independence and creative freedom. Shopfront started running workshops in Hurstville under the name St George Theatre for Young People. In 1977 Shopfront started renting a venue on Carlton Parade with a dancehall, adjacent house and two shops and renamed itself as Shopfront Theatre for Young People. Thirty years later Shopfront is still at this venue but have since shortened its name to Shopfront. In 1979 the co-operative raised money to buy the building – through 50 hour Actathons, costume parades, raffles, income from show, donations they raised $43,000, and with the additional help of Rockdale and Hurstville Council, the NSW Government, with a bank loan the building was purchased.

Current Staff

Artistic Director/CEO: TJ Eckleberg

General Manager: Nerida Woods

Outreach Director: Cymbeline Buhler

Online Curator: Sam Dalley

Notable Ex-members

Former Staff

Michael McLaughlin, Kaela Scott, Faye Westwood, Jeremy Rice, Paul Dwyer, John De Feu,

Past Shows

  • "Kaboom:ArtsLab Residency Showing, 2007"
  • "A City of Shadows and Ice, 2007"
  • "RAW-Shaken&Stired, 2007"
  • "Polyphonic Bonus Features, 2007"
  • "The Tuesday Clan, 2006"
  • "POP UP!, 2006"
  • "RAW On Fire, 2006"
  • "Shifting Spirits, 2005"
  • "The(Neo)Sun, 2005"
  • "Angels in the Architecture, 2005"
  • "Drop It Like It's RAW, 2005"
  • "Shimmerer, 2004"
  • "Off the Wall, 2004"
  • "Menus 4 Madness, 2004"
  • "Wadya Call Me?, 2004"
  • "RAWAir, 2004"
  • "Frog Rocket, 2003"
  • "CODA, 2003"
  • "Rated X" directed by Jeremy Rice - won AWGIE for best play (PP Cranney and the participants)
  • "Laugh or Die" directed by Julia Zemiro
  • "Gannon's Forest Gothic" directed by Jeremy Rice
  • "Make RAW Not War, 2003"
  • "Live By The Die, 2002"
  • Bella's Caravan", conducted by Christina Mimmocchi
  • "RATED M, 1992-1993, Directed by Kaela Scott, Winner of Australia Day Award 1994"
  • "Types Like Us" and "When the Sky Falls" 1990, Pacific Rim Tour to Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Canada, and the United States. Directed by John De Feu and Michael McLaughlin.
  • "Piece By Piece", 1985 US/Canada Tour
  • 1984 UK Tour
  • "Room - The Musical," 1983
  • "The Caravan Touring Company, 1980"
  • "Childmyth", 1979"
  • "The Playground Play & Playground Re-Play", 1977 & 78
  • ''"Cappelletti", by John Turnbull, 1978

External links

  • Arts Centre's Official Site
  • Review on POP UP! Sydney Morning Herald 2006
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