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Paint the Town REaD Literacy Event in Hay Funded by CASP

The success of a CASP funding grant submitted by Hay Shire Council has resulted in South West Arts engaging Jennifer Monk an actress, director and producer to visit Hay to work with schools for two weeks.

Jennifer Monk graduated from the London School of Dramatic Arts with Honours and has acting credits in London, Melbourne and Sydney. She has been making theatre for the past 15 years and strives to perform, direct and create innovative, provocative and entertaining work. When Jennifer isn’t performing and directing theatre and film she works with youth devising projects and is a regular tutor and director for Stage Left Performing Arts School, Kids Up Front Drama Academy, Australian Theatre for Young People and has toured with the International Youth Arts Festival.

Jenn will spend two weeks in Hay in the lead up to the event visiting schools and working with the children. This will give local young performers the opportunity to learn drama skills and circus techniques in a series of workshops, finishing with a professional performance at Paddy’s Birthday event.

“I am very excited to be visiting the local schools and teaching them skills that are not only great for performing but will also give them self-confidence to use in everyday life.

Literacy is a huge problem in Australia and I am honoured to be using my arts background to help and encourage children to work together and overcome their boundaries and fears. This program supports their acting craft and personal development in a fun environment producing and entertaining an exciting piece of theatre for all schools in the Hay shire.”

Visitors from Cumberland Council (formerly Holroyd) who are also supporting the event will be attending and the day will conclude with a free sausage sizzle for everyone.

This project is supported by Arts NSW Country Arts Support Program a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local Regional Arts Boards on behalf of the NSW Government.