RYK GODDARDTo research the methods, management and programming of schools of performance with the aim of establishing a Centre for Professional Development for mid-career and emerging theatre artists - USA, U.K., France, Netherlands
At the time of the Churchill Fellowship I was Artistic Director if Is Theatre creating new works and training young people in theatre making and improvised performance.
The Churchill Fellowship allowed me to research different ways of training performers and theatre makers and led to the development of a business plan for a training school to be set up in Tasmania. It also created an international network of mentors that I have remained in contact with.
FELLOWSHIP CONCLUSIONS & OUTCOMES
The direct intended outcome of the Fellowship – the establishment of a school – never happened as the Theatre company changed direction. But I have since assisted in the set up of training institutions in Tasmania that continue to flourish.
One conversation with the associate of a friend of one of my Churchill contacts accidentally led to a leap in the work I was making that led to major improvements in box office numbers and the critical reception of our work – and maybe that’s the thing about a fellowship. The unintended outcomes can be the most life changing.
Building on the experiences I had I now offer training in communication and teamwork to government, the University of Tasmania and other organisations as well as work in radio and create TV and online series.