> youth.arm* objectives & benefits
- To establish a Youth Theatre Group that produces quality, international standard theatre.
- To provide free or subsidised training to youth practitioners, conducted by experienced theatre practitioners.
- To encourage and create more original, contemporary Malaysian theatre.
- to provide more avenues and practical opportunities for youth practitioners in the industry.
- To ensure that there will be constant and progressive theatre created in Malaysia, as well as healthy growth in industry, by way of local veterans training interested youths in creative and technical aspects of theatre.
- To provide a stepping-stone for Malaysian youth theatre practitioners to enter and compete at Regional & International Theatre Festivals.
repertory styled, planned season, lasting no longer than nine months (excluding application period), maximum of two productions.
+ age criteria
16 – 23 years old for new applicants; age limit for membership is 25 years of age.
Membership is by audition (Actors) or interview (Crew/Directors/Playwrights) only and is only granted upon successful audition/interview and subject to payment of a nominal membership fee of rm50.00 only**.
A selection of non-successful applicants (Actors & Crew only), decided on merit, may be placed on a reserve list, to be invited into the program if vacancy or opportunity arise.
membership is for a singular season only. only malaysian citizens or malaysian permanent residents may qualify for membership.
Past members (performers) must re-audition for new seasons, but will not be required to undergo training, whilst past Directors, Playwrights or Crew may be re-invited to join new seasons without interview, nor additional training, subject to payment of membership fee.
+ training & placements
all trainees will be required to undergo (free or subsidised) training conducted by appointed mentors and/or Facilitators. trainees will also have ample opportunites for industrial placements by local performing arts groups or companies.
All members will be not be waged by victorian theatre company but may derive stipends or payment from contracted work or industrial placements done.
+ TRAINING & industrial placements
training will be subsidised in whole or in part by the Executive Producers and conducted by appointed facilitators, in areas ranging from acting, directing, scripting and technical matters. it will be spread out throughout the first 6 months of the season, schedule to be determined at a later date.
performers will undergo a minimum of 6 hours of masterclasses on theories and 10 hours of acting, movement, improvisation, breathing, voice etc techniques.
the Crew will undergo a minimum of 6 hours of masterclasses on production matters and technical expertise and 24 hours of industrial placements to accumulate practical experience.
the Director will undergo a minimum of 10 hours of training on directing theory and skills. the Playwright will undergo a minimum of 10 hours of consultation to improve on the proposed script.
Upon completion of training, all members will be assigned to work towards the season's targeted production, under the supervision of the appointed Artistic Director and Producer.
> the suprastructure of youth.arm
+ executive producer(s)
The Executive Producer(s) is(are) Victorian theatre company and any other appointed programme partners.
+ appointments of mentors & facilitators
The Executive Producer(s) will try its utmost to confirm appointed mentors and Facilitators by the start of the season but reserves the right to have it as a continuing effort throughout the first six months of the season. an artistic director will be appointed by the sixth month of the season.
at press time, negotiations are positively underway but no names have been confirmed as yet.
+ funding & logistics
The Executive Producer(s) will be responsible for all finances throughout the season, as well as being in charge of general logistics, supported by the youth.arm members.
Logistics for the entire season’s production(s), i.e. venue rental, marketing, sponsorships etc. will be the responsibility of the youth.arm members, supervised by the Executive Producers.