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Shopfront Theatre for Young People Coop Ltd

Shopfront is a contemporary arts centre – a cultural network and production co-operative where all young people under 25, regardless of background or ability can create themselves. MISSION At its multi-arts centre in South-East Sydney and online, through its outreach and regional programs Shopfront reaches, responds to and engages with young people at their point of need and interest. It’s a one stop creative haven where under 25s make innovative new work and meaningful connections. HISTORY In 1976 The St George Theatre for Young People was founded by Errol Bray and established in Penshurst. In 1977 the group moved to the current site consisting of a dance hall, two shops and an old house- all converted to an engineering factory which had closed down a few years earlier. They renamed the company Shopfront Theatre for Young People in June 1977 and became a registered Co-operative owned by young people with a Board of Directors elected by shareholders, becoming the only youth theatre company in the country owned by its members. Through fifty hour actathons, costume parades, raffles, shows, donations, loans and $35000 from the NSW Ministry of the Arts, the young people at Shopfront raised enough to purchase the current site for $102800 in 1979. Read More