La Mama accepts applications for work experience from secondary students 15 years and older. We will offer you one week in the La Mama office assisting with office duties, attending rehearsals and performances.
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My time at the beautiful La Mama Theatre was an absolutely wonderful and an incredible experience that i still talk about today. I worked with some of the nicest and most welcoming people that made my work experience week one to remember. Over the 4 days I did a large collection of things. From daily tasks such as picking up the mail, and a more random collection of activities like re-arranging the colourful umbrella’s in the yard, my week was anything but boring. Being a part of the exciting, wild and amazing things that this team does was an experience I will miss dearly. They have inspired me to delve deep into the creative arts not only within school but in the community and to share my passion with an open mind and heart.
Damascus College. My experience at La Mama was fantastic! Everyone was so welcoming and willing to help me learn new skills. As well as working in the office and completing tasks around the theatres, I was able to sit in on rehearsals and watch two fantastic shows. It was an experience I won’t forget. I have just finished unit 1/2 drama and am about to head into units 3/4. I am currently rehearsing for Ballarat Lyric Theatre’s production of CATS where I have been cast as Jellylorum and in January, I will be playing the role of Jasmine in The Tivoli Theatre Pantomimes production of Aladdin in Malvern East.
Absolutely brilliant colleagues, creative and interesting work to do, as well as a friendly atmosphere.
It was great to be part of the La Mama team, the work ethic and atmosphere was brilliant. I couldn’t have wished for a better Work Experience!
Genazzano. I had the most amazing time at La Mama and I loved every minute of my placement. Some of the daily duties I completed included checking the mail, updating the chalkboard, finding scripts and helping out with getting the front of house ready for the evening. Some memorable tasks that I experienced included photographing rehearsals, posting a photo I took on La Mama’s Instagram page, watching rehearsals, learning how to put together a banking sheet for a whole season, having a tour of the courthouse and watching two performances. I learnt so many skills from such amazingly talented, creative and friendly people who all shared a genuine love of theatre and were all so welcoming. I had the best week and I certainly finished my work experience not wanting to ever leave. I am so grateful to all of the staff and artists at La Mama who I meet during my journey and who made me feel so welcome in the La Mama family. I have just come off performing in a show outside of school as the leading lady. It went really well and I had a great time. I have just found out too that I have got into another play which will be performed in January. I also am acting in my first ever short film which are got asked to be in by the director so that is very exciting! I am looking forward to next year too when I will be completing VCE Theatre Studies 3/4 and taking part in a Certificate I and II in Acting.
My experience at La Mama is one to remember. Not only did I get to work with amazing people but I was also able to watch some of the amazing performances held at the theatre. During the week I was assigned a few tasks, these involved the morning walk to get the mail, drawing the signs on the blackboards out the front of the theatre, helping Front of House on performance nights, filming an interview with the creatives of Life’s A Gamble (which you can find here) and creating some of the web pages on the La Mama Website. You can find some of my reviews on the shows I saw here.
During my week at La Mama I saw three performances – two explorations and one show in its ‘full season’. These were probably the highlight of my week, along with meeting so many new and wonderful people! From day to day I completed tasks such as sorting and filing paperwork, collecting the mail, and sweeping the courtyard. Throughout the week I also collected some footage of the theatre and clips of the tasks I was doing. I think that working at La Mama when I’m older would be really fun, because it’s no ordinary profession!
Click here to watch a video of Conor’s time at La Mama.
La Mama has been an amazing place to do my work experience and it has taught me so much about the industry as a whole. Learning about the tasks necessary to keep a theatre running has given me a new perspective and insight into a future I’d love to have. Over the course of the week, I completed a wide range of tasks and learnt about different aspects of theatre-life, from working on the website to sitting in on rehearsals and writing reviews on the shows I saw. This experience has been incredibly valuable for me and the things I’ve learnt over this past week will definitely play a part in the future I create for myself, one that I hope will involve lots of theatre. As for now, I’m starting year 11 with a subject list full of the performing arts and am in the process of composing a musical, both of which will be driven by the things I learnt at La Mama this past week. You can watch a video of my experience here.
Wonderful Work experience in 2016
Lovely work experience in 2015