Riptide Performing Arts Company at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Riptide Performing Arts Company at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

about Riptide 

The aim of the ensemble program is to expose and prepare local emerging performers and creatives to the professional realm of the performing arts. The ensemble works throughout the year to create original new performance pieces in a range of styles and spaces. Each new show is lead by a professional performance artist, with mentorship opportunities offered in a variety of roles for the ensemble (including directing, writing and design). The ensemble artists are encouraged to pursue their passion and also open themselves up to a range of different performance processes, styles and creative roles.

Through the support of the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, the group have remarkable access to quality professional artists as part of our artistic programs. Nationally, we have worked with artists from Sydney Theatre Company, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Shaun Parker & Company and Barking Gecko Theatre Company to name a few. On an international level, members of the group have travelled to Glasgow to participate in a project with Scottish National Theatre that was presented as part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations.

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Role: Founder & Artistic Director (2011-2014)



- Set artistic direction for Riptide Contemporary Youth Performance Group.

- Secure a range of skills development and performance opportunities from leading, high profile national artists & companies.

- Identify, prepare and manage project concepts, budgets and contracts for company activities.

- Engage in strategic discussions regarding audience development, the centre’s youth ambassador scheme and the role of Riptide within these contexts.

- Deliver company workshops & performance projects as required.

- Provide choreographic mentorship as required.

- Liaise with Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (MPAC) marketing team to support project promotion and participant recruitment.

- Draft all funding applications.

- Ensure compliance with all funding and sponsorship agreements.

- Draft all funding acquittals and project reports.


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Young performers in Mandurah now can train and perform with leading contemporary artists in dance and theatre.

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Example Project

Riptide Performing Arts Company presents #My.Selfie Written and performed by Riptide in collaboration with an outstanding artistic support team. Creative Producer & Mentor Helen Duncan, Assistant Local Director Scarlett Yakovina Assistant Local Choreographer Rebecca Boddy Mentorship, Script Development & Support Suzie Miller Mentorship, Direction & Support Sarah Giles Supported by Mandurah Performing Arts Centre with special thanks to Guy Boyce. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Supported by Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

With Riptide Contemporary Performance Group
Creative Producer / Mentoring Choreographer Helen Duncan
Mentoring Director Sarah Giles
Mentoring Writer Suzie Miller
Mentoring Choreographer Helen Duncan
Associate Director Scarlette Yakovina
Associate Choreographer Rebecca Boddy

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