Stage 2 & Beyond Mentoring Program is an individually tailored young artist development program established to help regional young people interested in the arts to develop individual project ideas and make the next step towards a professional career.

Artists will work with the Artistic Director throughout the year of their mentorship receiving regular consultation sessions, invitations to specific industry development opportunities, notification and assistance with grant applications and professional development with visiting artists.

Stage 2 mentees will be partnered with professional artists on projects to gain ‘on the job’ practical experience and to have the opportunity to meet professional artists to discuss ideas and ask questions about the reality of forging a career in the arts in Australia and beyond.

RYT will provide a budget of $1,000 to each participant to use for an approved program of development. It can be used towards workshop fees, travel, accommodation, theatre tickets, equipment and other project expenditures for the year of the Stage 2 program.

Previous participants in the mentoring program included:
2015/2016 – Remy Catchlove (Acting), Jess Weidenhofer (Acting)
2014/2015 – Jordy Ebert (Lighting), Chloe Warrick (Singing), Wendy Matson (Acting)
2013/2014 – Teal Hart (Musician), Niki McNaughton (Photography), Shaylee Kassulke (Music Theatre)
Other participants from previous years – Jack Richards (Circus), Tim Trewren (Circus), Katy Cook and Katisha Jackson (Indigenous Hip Hop dancer/choreographer), Adam Pedler (Sound), Hebe Ingle (Acting) and Maria Alimi (Visual Arts)


  • Identify young artists who desire individual support, advice and guidance for a professional career in the arts.
  • Provide relevant and effective tailored programs of skills development for young artists.
  • To provide intensive and individualised advice, support and funding for an approved program of development.
  • To provide detailed knowledge of Australian and international performing arts industries.
  • Provide skills development and clarify the goals and direction of young artists to increase their capacity for making highly competitive applications to major emerging artist grants, scholarships and awards.