Call for indigenous arts

According to the group�s artistic director, Kyle Morrison there is a shortage in the areas of producing, directing, technical, production and project management.

Mr Morrison said it needed to be addressed for Aboriginal theatre to continue into future generations.

�One of the interesting things about Aboriginal theatre, especially in this State, is it�s kind of been through a couple of peak periods but then there hasn�t been that sustainability or longevity, which enabled us to keep it going,� he said.

�I made it a priority to make sure the next generation of theatre artists have the capacity, skills, aspirations and ambitions to achieve in the industry and carry it on.�

Last month, Yirra Yaakin launched a crowdfunding and donation campaign to grow and develop the next generation of indigenous directors and producers.

Funds raised will support selected professional trainees Shakara Walley and Ian Wilkes in a 12-month program of professional development at Yirra Yaakin.

�Our current resources are stretched to the limit as we struggle to maintain our core programs,� Mr Morrison said.

�We are reaching out to the community and asking them to join us in supporting Shakara and Ian so they have the opportunity to achieve at the highest level.

�They represent the next generation of Aboriginal arts leadership. They are our future.�

Ms Walley, who co-ordinated the indigenous segment of the Giants production earlier this year, said she hoped get funding and make a difference to the industry. To donate visit