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.
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.
Artistic Director/CEO: TJ Eckleberg
General Manager: Nerida Woods
Outreach Director: Cymbeline Buhler
Online Curator: Sam Dalley
Michael McLaughlin, Kaela Scott, Faye Westwood, Jeremy Rice, Paul Dwyer, John De Feu,