UpStage is a not for profit organisation inspired out of the need to encourage and support artistic talent in Regional NSW. Drawing on the mentorship and enthusiasm of industry professionals in Metropolitan areas, UpStage establishes and maintains a pipeline of support between these artists and their school aged peers with high ambition and exceptional talent.
UpStage recognises the inherent inequity that young, school-aged artists face in non-metropolitan areas. Accessing the appropriate types of artistic mentorship and networking – often readily available in a large city – is costly, time consuming and difficult to find in non-metropolitan areas.
UpStage plans to bridge the gap by providing opportunity, education and connection. We believe that this is necessary to become a truly integral part of the artistic landscape. With UpStage, we ensure every talented young artist is seen, mentored, and brought into the industry truly feeling like they belong
Jessica Westcott (B.Mus Hons, B.Arts, M.Arts) is a Soprano, Producer, Director and Writer based in Sydney Australia. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she has toured the world singing in the award-winning pastiche Chamber Pot Opera (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, St Petersberg Festival of the Arts, Adelaide Fringe, Sydney Festival). For Opera Australia, Jessica has performed the roles of Clorinde (Cinderella) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), as well as appearing in HANDA Opera on Sydney Harbour Carmen (2016) and La Boheme (2017). Now a commercial producer and director of UpStage (a not-for-profit providing opportunities in the creative and performing arts to students in Regional and Rural areas of Australia), and a Senior Tutor with the Australian Girls Choir
If you are a High-School Student based in Regional or Rural NSW, then we want to champion you. Whether your specialty is as an actor, dancer, lighting designer or stage manager, we want to make sure you have the connections and the opportunities to succeed in your chosen field. Maybe you aren’t sure whether you want to pursue a career in the performing arts. Or maybe you aren’t sure how to get started!
APPLY NOW for our Online Mentoring Program. You will be matched up for a one-on-one session with somebody working in the industry.
There’s something special about getting the chance to learn from an industry professional face-to-face, and even MORE special is the chance to perform or work with them in a live concert for your local community! Our flagship regional tours are an inspiring day of one-on-one sessions, choral, dance & drama workshops, masterclasses and teacher training sessions. All culminating in a one-off, live concert for the entire community.
UpStage’s Musical Theatre Workshop offers you the chance to experience the true energy, dynamism, and creative expression that is at the heart of Musical Theatre. If you have a passion for acting, singing and dancing, our expert performance professionals will have you mastering the theatricality and musical power of the stage. We make sure that the workshop is catered to the needs of every young performer. So if your child is just starting to explore the world of musical theatre, or they have their sights set on stardom, we have the workshop for you!
If your school is looking to kickstart CAPA, inspire your young singers, actors, dancers and musicians, or simply to give performance opportunities and feedback to your HSC students, then the UpStage team has a workshop for you. Over a half-day or full-day, UpStage guides students through curated sessions focused on all aspects of the creative and performing arts, in line with the NSW curriculum. Bringing out professionals in each field to your town, The UpStage Schools Workshop is a sure-fire way to light a match under the creative artists in your school. Also available are workshops on: Business of Performing Arts, Performing Arts as a Career, HSC success and beginners CAPA.
To Empower, Educate, and Showcase the Next Generation of Australian Artists.
Every child deserves to have access to opportunities in the arts, regardless of their age, location or socio-economic status