ASPIRE Awards

CONDA WINNER 2018

Excellence by a Choreographer: ASPIRE Dark Matter - Lauren Wheatley

Lauren's choreography was edgy, challenging, exciting and highly physical.  She worked brilliantly with the set and costuming, constantly surprising and engaging with completely original and inspired moves.  The choreography in the girls' toilets invoked a feminist strength and determination that enhanced the themes and tone of the script.

 The Oztheartics Award for Best Youth Ensemble Acting:  ASPIRE - Dark Matter

Every member of this challenging work brought strong commitment and belief to the stage, pushing past stereotypes and delivering real and individual characters with maturity, true emotion and depth.  The energy from the entire cast was electric and exciting as they took the audience on a roller coaster ranging from satire and humour through to paths and absolute understanding and empathy.

Best New Play or Musical Written for a Newcastle Company: Anna Kerrigan

Anna's script presents a complex narrative that gives insight into the various characters that inhabit a school setting, exposing the myriad of fears, anxieties and difficulties that many individuals and groups face on a daily basis.  It cleverly provides a platform for diverse theatrical techniques and styles as well as keeping the main plot and sub-plots rollicking along.

2018 CONDA nominations

Excellence in Hair, Make-Up and Wigs - Lauren Wheatley

Excellence in Costume Design - Lauren Wheatley

Excellence in Set and Props Design - Lisa Little

Excellence in Lighting and Audio Visual Design - Lachlan Thomas

Excellence by a Choreographer: ASPIRE Dark Matter - Lauren Wheatley

The MTI Australasia Award for Excellence by a Male Actor Under 18 - Oliver Crawford

The MTI Australasia Award for Excellence by a Male Actor Under 18 - Riley Warner

The Oztheartics Award for Best Youth Ensemble Acting:  ASPIRE - Dark Matter

Best New Play or Musical Written for a Newcastle Company: Anna Kerrigan

Excellence by a Director - Musical - Anna Kerrigan

 

2017 CONDA nominations

Excellence by a Female Actor Under 18 - Rose Lancaster

Excellence by a Male Actor Under 18 - Ned Keogh

 

CONDA WINNER 2016

Best Special Theatrical Event: Aspire – There’s Something Strange about Marvin McRae

A highly imaginative theatrical event giving a large number of young people the opportunity to perform superbly in a range of different styles with acting, singing and dancing. The content of the production was timely and relevant, with a tasteful message about embracing individuality. An encouraging all-rounder production with strengths in performance aspects and production design.

2016 CONDA nominations 

Best performance by a male actor under 18 - BEN DORAN

Excellence in costume design - LAUREN WHEATLEY

Excellence by a director: musical - ANNA KERRIGAN

Excellence in lighting design - Lachlan Thomas

Best Special Theatrical Event - ASPIRE:  There's Something Strange About Marvin McRae