The curtain may have closed on construction of Bulmba-ja (formerly the Centre of Contemporary Arts), but this theatre, gallery and creative development space is bursting with opportunity to showcase the unique stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Home to the JUTE Theatre Company, the organisation aims to showcase the work of local Cairns and Far North Queensland indigenous artists in the hope to inspire the next generation of creators.
Hansen Yuncken has partnered with the JUTE Theatre Company to provide a three-year scholarship program, allowing two aspiring performers to participate in the JUTE Actors Studio. The scholarship provides the opportunity for young performers to learn and grow in a cultural environment – learning focus, discipline, teamwork, creative problem solving and most importantly, self-confidence.
The recipient of this years’ Hansen Yuncken Scholarship is Aleesha Dean, a young indigenous performer from the Mamu indigenous group, who will receive five terms of tuition at the JUTE Actors Studio. Aleesha joins last year’s recipient Katie Hava and we are excited to follow their journey as they continue to build their craft.