about us

ZigZag Theatre is a Gold Coast youth theatre company. We deliver drama classes and workshops for ages 3–18 in a range of convenient locations.

 

Our story

We believe in the power of drama. Not only can it increase self-confidence immeasurably, it enhances verbal and non-verbal communication, builds empathy and fuels the imagination. Yet despite its many benefits, drama is not prioritised in most schools. In an effort to make it more accessible to Gold Coast young people, ZigZag Theatre was born.

Working with the goal of empowering young people, we have created a space in which they can truly find their voices and use them, not only in their dramatic work but in all aspects of life, too.

We provide opportunities for performance within the Gold Coast community, along with pathways into professional work, for those keen on taking their interest further.

Beyond this, ZigZag offers a ‘home away from home’ where students form strong connections within their ensembles, exploring and expanding upon fundamental performance skills in a safe, supportive environment.

At ZigZag Theatre, we are curious. We push the boundaries of what theatre can be, challenging conventions and stepping into the unknown. And we support our students to trust their abilities and take those brave creative risks that really are transformative.

OUR VALUES

TO CONNECT

We welcome anyone aged between 2 and 18 years to join us and connect through theatre. ZigZag students create strong bonds, which foster trust and confidence within our friendly and inclusive space. This allows everyone to be true to themselves, which in turn assists with creative expression.

We are always growing our connections with the Gold Coast artistic community. We offer opportunities for young people to perform in public spaces and events and run customised workshops in schools and for charity organisations.

TO DEVELOP

Underpinned by fundamental performance skills, our drama classes and workshops are tailored to suit the strengths and requirements of each unique ensemble.

We place much emphasis on the transferable life skills we know young people obtain from drama: increased confidence, self-esteem, compassion, empathy, language and communication skills, to name a few. 

TO EXPRESS

Our curious, collaborative approach to creating and teaching drama encourages each young person to feel comfortable trusting their ideas and abilities and ultimately taking creative risks. Our students are free to explore and express their thoughts, feelings and opinions – all of this inspiring the theatre we make. From this comes a greater understanding of the self and the world around us, not to mention innovative theatre with student voices at its heart, pushing artistic boundaries and provoking and enlightening audiences.

ZigZag Theatre weekly classes

ZigZag Theatre is a Gold Coast youth theatre company.

We deliver drama classes and workshops for ages 2–18 in a range of convenient locations.

TOTS

Ages 2 to 5

PRIMARY

Prep to Grade 6

THEATRE ENSEMBLE

Grade 7 to 12

WORKSHOPS

HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

Each holiday workshop has a specific theme and area of exploration, which can include improvisation, physical theatre, devising, clowning, script work, audition intensives, puppetry and mime.

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CUSTOMISED WORKSHOPS

ZigZag Theatre runs a diverse range of customised workshops for young people.

Whether you’re a teacher, parent or even representing a business, we have something that is right for you. We will work closely with you to pinpoint your goal and tailor a workshop to fit accordingly.

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ABOUT ERRENN BALL

Errenn Ball is the founder and Artistic Director of ZigZag Theatre.

Originally from the UK,  Errenn achieved her degree in drama, theatre and performance studies at Aberystwyth University. She then went on to perform professionally in many theatrical productions, alongside running a youth theatre group.

Errenn travelled to Australia in 2012, met her partner, started a family and decided to call Australia her forever home. Since being here, Errenn has further strengthened her love for working with young people and creating wonderful theatre.

Errenn was a tutor at the ACT’s renowned Canberra Youth Theatre for five years and directed many original works. Later, she became their Admin and Marketing Coordinator and acquired first-hand knowledge of running a youth theatre company.

After moving to Queensland in 2019, Errenn has worked in various theatre tutoring roles and still tutors for NIDA Open. Since ZigZag Theatre opened in March 2020, the company has gone from strength to strength, hitting the Gold Coast news for their ‘Stay Home Superheroes’ project that connected young people across the world during the first COVID-19 lockdown.

Errenn lives and breathes youth theatre, but when she’s not at ZigZag she is having fun with her own two little ones and spending plenty of time at the beach!

My 10-year-old daughter had her first class today at ZigZag. She was so nervous not knowing anyone and as we have only recently moved to the Gold Coast, we were looking for an after school activity for her that would give an opportunity for her to make friends. She ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! There was plenty of interaction with the other kids , Erin (the teacher) was heaps of fun and had a great rapport with the children. We will be going back next week and the term for sure!

Why ZIGZAG THEATRE?

Our drama classes and workshops offer an inclusive space for creative young people to form strong connections, work collaboratively with highly skilled tutors, and develop quality theatre and important life skills while learning to express themselves creatively.

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Weekly Drama Classes

We deliver weekly drama classes and workshops during Gold Coast school term times.

Affordable Classes

We strive to make workshops as affordable as possible and offer payment plans and scholarships in particular circumstances. Contact us to find out more.

Variety of Locations

We teach in a variety of Gold Coast locations – take a look, there’s bound to be a class near you.

Range of Age Groups

Our kids’ drama classes and workshops span the ages of 3 to 18.

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Inclusive

Our drama classes and workshops offer an inclusive space for creative young people to form strong connections, work collaboratively with highly skilled tutors.

Holiday Workshops

We offer holiday workshops and customised workshops for organisations and schools.