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Follow your performing arts dream and study right here in Byron Shire. With a thriving local performing arts industry from community-based theatre and events to large-scale national and international festivals, it’s an exciting industry to pursue. 

Byron Community College’s new course Certificate III in Community Dance, Theatre and Events (CUA30213), starts on Thursday May 2 2019, and is a national qualification for those wanting to work professionally in the performing arts industry.

‘Over the course students will develop essential skills that can help them work effectively in the creative arts industry. Designed to cover a broad range of skills and knowledge applicable to performing arts, this is a highly practical, hands-on introduction into this fantastic industry’, says Richard Vinycomb, Byron Community College director. 

Performance skills

The course will cover acting and performance skills, voice studies, audition techniques, development of a performance portfolio, audio and lighting engineering in events, basic stage management, and marketing and promotion for events. Throughout the year there will be multiple performance opportunities culminating in an end-of-year showcase.

Course tutor Sam Besmehn-Burt has 15 years of industry experience in professional roles as a festival audio engineer, internationally touring musician, circus performer, music business lecturer and proud co-owner of a few creative businesses.

Students will also benefit from professional guest specialised sessions, visits to a variety of productions, opportunities to make industry connections, and gain practical work experience.

‘I am hugely excited to bring my expertise and network of talented individuals to this course. From us, you will gain the skills and techniques needed to work in the performing arts industry. From each other, you will gain lifelong relationships with a network of industry professionals and future collaborators,’ says Sam.

Subsidies available

Enrolments are now open with fee-free and subsidised places available. For more information please visit www.byroncollege.org.au or contact College Student Services on 02 6684 3374.


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