Workshops/Extra Curriculum


At HOTA, students experience the arts in through immersive and exciting learning experiences where their ideas are encouraged and valued. Our inquiry-based approach provokes curiosity, inspires the imagination, and opens doors to new ways of thinking about the world.

Programs are supported by experienced educators and are tailored to specific year levels and aligned with key curriculum frameworks and subject areas.


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Exclusive Professional Learning Package for Teachers

The masterclass will begin in the form of an informal presentation by Noni about the production of and themes of the play, the value of drama and the arts in education, the role of the artists in society and then open up for questions for Noni about her work as an advocate for children and her broader career as an actress, presenter and educator. We recommend that teachers submit questions for Noni to address as part of their enrolment in the class which will result in a tailored and personalized experience for all participants with a deep engagement and enriching experience with one of Australia’s most loved and gifted performers.

Workshop Dates & Times

Fri 28 Feb
11am – 12.15pm Mother Performance
12.35 – 12.55pm Post – Q&A – (registrations essential)
12.55 – 1.25pm Break
1.25 – 2.55pm – Teacher PD Masterclass with Noni Hazlehurst (limited spaces available)


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HOTA Excursion – Performing Arts Career

In collaboration with the Performing Arts team here at HOTA, we are running 90min Performing Arts Career excursions for students to explore the industry in one of Australia’s fastest growing and prolific arts spaces, HOTA! Students will learn from industry professionals while exploring behind the scenes and completing curriculum focused tasks and challenges in an immersive taste of the arts.

For a full arts experience, enquire further on how to access the Visual Arts – Art Lab to make a full day at HOTA.

These slots are getting snapped up quick, so book ahead and start the year ahead off with an inspiring and eye-opening excursion!


Workshop Dates & Times

Mon 17th Feb
Tue 18th Feb
Wed 19th Feb
Thurs 20th Feb


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Class Clowns Co-presented by Melbourne International Comedy Festival


The search is on for Australia’s funniest teens!

For over two decades, Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns has helped hundreds of funny, young peeps hone their comedy potential. Past participants like Joel Creasey, Rhys Nicholson, Aaron Chen and William McKenna have gone on to be funny as a career, and now we want you!

Registrations for this one-of-a-kind, national secondary school comedy competition, are now open. If you’re aged 14 – 18 (Years 9 – 12) and you have a stand-up, sketch, physical or musical comedy act you should register now. It’s free to take part, all you need is 3-5 minutes of original, live, funny content and you’re in!

You’ll get to take part in a workshop with a professional comedian before performing your act in front of a live audience. If you progress through the heats you will then go on to a State Final, where you’ll be in the running to secure a place at the National Grand Final. We’ll fly all the national finalists to Melbourne to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for a chance to win the Class Clowns title and a $2,500 prize package!

To register in a workshop/heat, or for all the As to your Qs go to


• Secondary school students in Years 9–12 or aged 14 – 18
• Acts must be a maximum of 5 minutes long
• Each act can contain a maximum of 3 students
• Schools may enter more than one act
• Routines must be original, well-rehearsed and funny
• All forms of comedy are eligible including individual stand up routines, sketches, musical comedy, parodies and satire

Workshop Dates & Times

Tue 3 Mar
11 – 1pm: Workshop
2pm: Performance


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HOTA & Jazz Gold Coast Inc presents – All-Star Youth Big Band


HOTA in conjunction with Jazz Gold Coast wishes to announce a great new initiative in jazz. As part of the program it is proposed that an all-star big band comprising the best players from Gold Coast school big bands be formed and prepared to play the opening set at the International Jazz Day concert.

Through a combination of auditions and some workshops facilitated by professional musicians and/or music educators from the Gold Coast, students will undergo preparation and rehearsals in a professional setting. This will give our great young jazz musicians an outlet to expand their playing and to collaborate with other like-minded young players and professional musicians from the Gold Coast

The all-star band will be chosen from students nominating through their respective schools; the nomination and selection process is outlined below. Selected applicants will be notified before the end of the year and will be required to attend some workshops at HOTA in late January, and if selected for the band, rehearsals during February-April in preparation for the IJD concert.

If you would like to be part of this initiative then all that you need to do in the first instance is to let us know that you are interested by sending an e-mail to confirming your interest. We will e-mail you the nomination form and some audition material. We need to hear from you no later than the end of October – the sooner, the better.

Workshop Dates & Times

Workshop 24/1/2020 9am – 4pm

Rehearsal #1 09/2/2020 1 – 4pm
Rehearsal #2 23/02/2020 1 – 4pm
Rehearsal #3 08/03/2020 1 – 4pm
Rehearsal #4 22/3/2020 1 – 4pm
Rehearsal #5 5/04/2020 1 – 4pm

*Masterclass – Mat Jodrell Conducting Workshop 29/04/2020 4.30 – 8pm
Performance 30/04/2020

Students (Audition based)

*Masterclass – Mat Jodrell Conducting Workshop
GA: $12
Teachers: $10
Students $5

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra – Happy Birthday Beethoven

Workshop, Auditions, masterclasss

Explore Beethoven is designed to educate students in the orchestral works of Beethoven through the practical experience of playing one of his great symphonies. This staple orchestral repertoire is rarely played in school or youth orchestra settings. The activity and associated Queensland Symphony Orchestra concert are part of 250th birthday celebrations of Beethoven’s birth.
The workshop is open to secondary school students of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, timpani, violin, viola, cello and double bass.
The program includes a two hour workshop directed by a conductor/educator tutorial groups with Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians in tutorial groups, rehearsal prior to evening concert, dinner with musicians, a pre-concert performance for an audience, and attendance to Happy Birthday Beethoven.

Workshop Dates & Times

Fri 22 May

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The Gruffalos Child

Learning Resources

Attending a live performance is a rich and engaging learning opportunity. For Primary school students this can be their first live performance. This is a perfect opportunity to make an exciting impression on our early learners through a fun and engaging performance. With a host of school resources this is a great performance to align with curriculum and performance. Prepare children through explicit teaching to make the most of their theatre experience.


Sydney Dance Company

Workshop, Incursion

Taught by two teaching artists, the workshops can include a contemporary dance technique warm-up and teaching exercises, exploration of choreographic tasks the company have utilised to generate new movement and learning choreography from one of the works in Bonachela / Lane.

Workshop Dates & Times


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Man with the Iron Neck

Workshop: Water Bowl – Challenge of the Warrior

Man With The Iron Neck’s message is about finding hope through trauma, encouraging those who feel lost to reach out for help. More than a theatre show, this project has partnered with Balunu Foundation to offer a powerful workshop aimed at providing tools to break negative cycles.

Led by David Cole, the workshop involves the use of the water bowls and visualisation to generate discussion and aid personal understanding of challenges, letting go of pain, embracing opportunity, standing strong and walking together.

Workshop Dates & Times


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Shock Therapy – Viral

Teacher PD, Physical Theatre/Characterisation Workshop, Post-show Q&A

Shock therapy Productions have become known for their unique method of storytelling, characterisation and physical theatre. This two-hour workshop will explore techniques and methods the company uses to create characters, play multiple roles and weave physical skills with dialogue to create compelling theatre.

Through play and improvisation around certain themes, issues and true stories, ideas can be fleshed out and moulded into narratives. Everyone has a story to tell.



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Bell Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors

Workshops, Remote Program incursions, Auditions

As a part of our National Tour every year we offer free to venues our Regional Access Program. This program offers two opportunities for your venue and students in the area. Regional Access Workshops provide invaluable opportunities for students in regional areas to learn more about Shakespeare, live performance and Comedy of Errors, the production they are to see. We also invite you to host auditions for the John Bell Scholarship, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students living in regional or remote areas to work with Bell Shakespeare.

The Regional Access Workshops are 75 minutes in duration and cover plot synopsis, character journeys, key scenes, behind the scenes information and design images from the production. Each workshop can accommodate a maximum of 40 students, and schools may combine if necessary.

The John Bell Shakespeare (JBS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students living in regional or remote areas, who are interested in a career as a performer. Three students are selected each year from across Australia to come to Sydney and spend a week with Bell Shakespeare. They will participate in acting masterclasses, be taught by John Bell, observe one week of Bell Shakespeare rehearsals, see live theatre and perform their winning monologue for Artistic Director Peter Evans and a Bell Shakespeare cast.

To be eligible to audition, students must be at least 16 years of age by 31 December 2020, and still be at high school full-time in 2020.



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Magic Beach

Digital Workshops, Q&A, Pre-& Post Show Classroom Activities.

Experience the wonder of Magic Beach through digital workshops hosted by CDP Kids. Teachers and students will meet the cast and crew through virtual face-to-face workshop.

With workshops being created as we speak, watch this space to see further development on the Magic Beach Digital workshops.



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Playwright Program

If you are a fledgling playwright with a story you are burning to tell, this is your opportunity.

Award winning Playwright Matthew Ryan is coming home to the Gold Coast to share his secrets and skill with a select group of young people with a story to tell. On completion of the program a selected number or participants will present their short play in a rehearsed reading, at HOTA.


Dates & Times
Mon 20 Jul
Mon 10 Aug
Mon 24 Aug
Mon 14 Sept
Mon 12 Oct
Mon 16 Nov

Free (Audition based)

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