SUPPORT THE PARENTS CAFE – acknowledged by the United Nations as one of the best refugee resettlement programs in the world.


The Parents Cafe is a social enterprise and critical community hub, which is at threat of closure if more funding is not found. Working with up to 200 refugee parents and community members each week, the Parents Cafe provides employment opportunities, skills development, links to further education and important opportunities for social inclusion and belonging.

PYT Fairfield is working closely with the Parents Cafe to raise funds to ensure their ongoing support of new arrivals, particularly from Iraq and Syria, to the Fairfield community.

$150,000 will cover the core funding costs of the Parents Cafe for a full year, giving them the time and resources to raise further funds to ensure their sustainability.

PYT and STARTTS are partnering with the Parents Cafe to create a unique dinner party event Little Baghdad: Cafes and Gardens. This season of Iraqi inspired performances, art installations, music and storytelling within a unique dinner party setting, brings together members of the Fairfield refugee community, artists and audiences, and has inspired PYT to create this GoFundMe Campaign, which they are running on behalf of the Parents Cafe.

PLAYLIST is PYT’s new major work, an Australian dance theatre project that explores the state of feminisms in pop culture and music, from the perspectives of five young and emerging female identifying performers from Western Sydney.

Drawing from pop cultural forms such as music video clips, concerts, iPhones, apps, social media and nightclubbing, PLAYLIST will be created by a team of acclaimed artists led by PYT Artistic Director Karen Therese, choreographer and Australian Dance Theatre Associate Director, Larissa McGowan, Visual Artist Zanny Begg, and co-Sound Designers Jasmine Guffond and Gail Priest.


We are looking for one performer to join our cast. Requirements for the role are:

  • A woman aged 21-26 years
  • You must live in Western Sydney or have a proven connection with the area
  • Some dance experience, all street style forms are encouraged
  • Skills in rapping or slam poetry are highly regarded but not necessary


This is a professional engagement, paying professional wages and performers will be required to be available for development and rehearsal periods as follows:


Mon 9 April – Fri 20 April


Mon 9 July – Fri 27 July


Mon 30 July – Sat 11 August

To register your interest please send a CV and recent photo to 

Audition dates and times:

When: Monday 19th or Tuesday 20th March

Where: PYT Fairfield 19 Harris St Fairfield (2minutes walk from Fairfield station).

Please select which day suits you better and email your registration.

PYT | Fairfield are seeking an experienced Communications and Marketing Manager to join our team in a time of rapid growth.

Applications close Sunday 10 December. For more information and details on how to apply, check out the full job description:




PYT | Fairfield is now accepting applications from young people (aged 18 — 26yrs) for our 2018 Ensemble Program.

If you are a young creative with a passion for performance and a connection to Western Sydney, we want to hear from you.

This is an incredible opportunity for a select group of dedicated young people to participate in a year long program of weekly master classes, workshops, theatre making and performance training for stage and camera, as well as getting hands on experience working with a range of professional artists, attending industry events and more!

This unique opportunity will help you network within the professional theatre and performance industry, learn new skills and meet a large network of artists, performers and peers.

Applications Close Friday 8th December, 2017 — APPLY HERE

Local Fairfield artist, Maria Tran will be in residence at PYT for the year as our 2018 Associate Artist. Maria is a martial artist, actor, filmmaker & screen fight coordinator. Maria will run her film company Phoenix Eye from our venue, and collaborate on a series of PYT projects and programs throughout the year.

Maria Tran is the recipient of the 2018 Create NSW Western Sydney Artist Fellowship


Maria Tran Video

PYT are looking for female-identifying artists aged between 18-27 to audition for

PLAYLIST is a new theatre work devised and co-created by PYT Artistic Director Karen Therese and acclaimed visual artist Zanny Begg. The work will explore the cultural landscape of music and how young women use music to empower their lives.

Auditionees must either live in Western Sydney or have a proven connection to the area.

AUDITIONS WILL BE BY INVITATION and will be held at PYT I Fairfield on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th September. To register your interest please send a CV and recent photo to

Registrations must be received by Monday 18th September.

This is a professional engagement and performers will be required to be available for development and rehearsal periods throughout 2017 and 2018.

About the Role:

The PYT PILOTS program offers fun and engaging drama classes in local high schools to support students to develop an awareness of the arts and also support their confidence, communication, language and group work skills.

This position is responsible for leading in-school drama workshops in South-Western Sydney schools with a focus on working with young people from recent migrant and non-English speaking backgrounds.

An important part of the role will be acting as mentor/teacher to PYT’s trainee instructors (Co-Pilots). You will work closely with at least two trainee teachers per term to develop their skills, providing feedback and planning support throughout the term.

You will be expected to write detailed lesson plans to the established program objectives as outlined by PYT Fairfield.

For full Position Description, including Selection Criteria, please see:


To Apply:

For more information about the position, please contact the PYT office on 02 9724 6077

To apply for the position, please send us:

– A CV of no more than three pages
– A statement of no more than one page that illustrates how your skills, knowledge and experience match the duties and selection criteria

We will only accept applications by email. Please use the subject line ‘Workshop Facilitator application’ and email your CV and statement to

The deadline for applications is Friday 25 August 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

PYT is committed to equality and diversity, through our program of activities and as an employer. Our practices and procedures aim to reflect the varied needs, expectations and culture of all members of our community. We make every effort to ensure that no member of the community receives less favorable treatment in our recruitment or when accessing our services on the grounds of gender, gender identity, disability, race, religion or belief, age or sexual orientation.


PYT in partnership with PACT Centre for Emerging Artist and The Q at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

HIGH/WAY 234: residency is designed to strengthen creative communities across Greater Western Sydney as well as build capacity for next generation artists.

HIGH/WAY 234: residents announced!

PYT Fairfield, PACT and the Q at The Joan are very pleased to announce the two artists who have been selected for the 2017 residency program:

Black Birds (Ayeesha Ash & Emele Ugavule) and Rebekah H. Robertson.


Two artists or groups of artists will be invited to complete a month long residency co-hosted by PACT, PYT | Fairfield and The Q at The Joan. Projects must be able to demonstrate a connection to Western Sydney.

Residents will work out of The Joan, Penrith for their first week, PYT | Fairfield for their second & third weeks and PACT, Erskineville for their fourth and final week. Each stage of the residency will be supported by mentorship from the companies’ Artistic Directors: Katrina Douglas, Karen Therese and Nick Atkins and each project will be given $3000 cash for the purpose of artist frees and project costs.

Selected artists will be asked to present a work in progress showing at PACT.

Applications Now Closed

Residency Dates: July 30 – August 27 2017

Everybody’s body is unique. Everybody’s body is poetic. We all have the capacity to move to a personal song that is within us.

Thanks to Powerhouse Youth Theatre and Woodville Alliance, I’ve had the pleasure of working with collaborators Martin Fox (film), Michael Toisuta (sound) and six emerging performers investigating film-making, movement and dance.  My work over the last 20 years has centered around dance, performance making, mentoring and teaching. I work with professional and emerging dancers and actors, and with people from all kinds of communities who aren’t necessarily in the performing arts.

The performers from Woodville are a group of folk living with learning difficulties.  I find language difficult when writing about ‘difference’. All people are different from each other and each of these people from Woodville are as different from each other as much as anyone else. And of course, we all share so much that is the same: passion, curiosity, humor, aspiration, and fulfillment.

With the Woodville group last year, we made a project called Being Moved. This project was a series of workshops exploring ideas around dance and photography and we collaborated with renowned performance photographer Heidrun Lohr. The result was an exquisite A4 landscape book filled with photographs capturing moments from the process.

Being Moved was an awesome ‘get to know each other project’ and in 2016 we have come to work together again and make this dance film entitled Dance Diaries: Woodville. Throughout November and December we have been meeting regularly in the PYT studio developing dance material and shooting the film as we go along.

We wanted to make a dance film responding to notions of home and what home might mean to us. The performers aren’t too keen to speak. It just isn’t their primary mode of communication. So we made colored houses as props, bought squares of fake grass, put it all in the studio and we went from there. That all said, one day I asked Joanne what was her favorite thing in her house. She peered into my eyes for the longest time, sifting through her thoughts and then declared ‘bathtub’. Bathtub! I’d never have guessed…

The most important things I value in a process are not the ‘dance moves’. The most important things are Trust, Respect and Time. So, there is the doing – such as learning dance techniques or performing for camera. Then there’s the feeling; which grows out of Trust, Respect and spending Time together ‘doing’ the stuff. When these three principles are in the room, then you can float the boat that is creativity.

In the workshop process, I’ve observed and listened, weighing up the balance between doing and rest. Sometimes we look at the film rushes together. Or eat lunch together. Some people on some days have more energy and so they might do a bit of solo or duet work whilst others rest and watch. The watching is important.

There are times for spatial and physical challenges too – such as learning and remembering new dance sequences or floor patterns. Every session we also do ‘free dancing’, one person at a time, with everyone else watching. We use a broad range of music. We notice how the music affects how we move and also the feeling of the mood in the room. Once, Karoleen danced fast disco to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. It was very evocative.

Working with the Woodville dancers is an immensely rewarding experience. Personally, I learn a great deal about my core values and about teaching and facilitating processes. Not only with people living with disabilities but with all people.

When I was 14 years old I was sent to a special needs school for 2 weeks to do a work experience placement. At first I was quite overwhelmed and my senses were overloaded. I was drawn to one young lady who couldn’t speak at all. She was blind and walked with a cane and was negotiating a number of physical disabilities. I hung around her a lot, not directly engaging but just being in close proximity. One day we went to a TAFE college to learn about woodwork. The others in our group went off to the canteen for lunch and it was just me and her in the woodwork room finishing up. When we went to go, I realised I didn’t know where the canteen was. I felt terribly responsible for this young woman but it was she who guided us to the canteen, which was a long way down a series of corridors and stairs. Something clicked so fundamentally then and there for me. That was, to never to assume anything about anybody – anybody living with disability, or not living with a disability. I mention this story as I think it played a key part in the way I aspire to engage with people in every aspect of my life.

At the heart of it, I’m searching to processes that I can set up in which each performer I encounter in life, can realize that their expression and specific talents are just as valuable as anyone one else’s. From my personal experience, a great deal about becoming an artist is first and foremost about perceiving yourself as an artist. That takes time for anyone of us.

—Linda Luke.


Work with leading professional artists, culturally diverse communities and partner with some of Australia’s top arts organisations to shape the future of Australian theatre.

PYT seeks an inspiring, creative and entrepreneurial leader with proven strategic planning, financial management and fundraising abilities, excellent managerial skills, and a commitment to our work with young and culturally diverse communities to drive PYT forward.

This is a leadership role that reports to PYT’s Board of directors. The General Manager is responsible for providing high end, strategic and visionary insight and management input, which will set the future directions of the company in the short and long term. You will be responsible for implementing the artistic program in such a way as to maximise income and exposure of the company. The General Manager is responsible for discovering and acting on new opportunities, seeking new revenue streams and setting all policies and campaigns of the company. As part of this role, you will manage regional tours of some of PYT’s key works, as well as investigating options for international touring.

This is a maternity leave position commencing in early November. The role is full-time for 9 months, then part-time for 3 months.

Click HERE for a full position description and details on how to apply