Fresh Theatre for Social Change is a not for profit theatre company primarily focused on achieving social change through the use of applied theatre techniques. Applied Theatre is the use of theatre to accomplish nontheatrical objectives. Fresh uses a range of applied theatre practices to bring about societal development and personal growth in the community, corporate and education sectors
Founded in 2002, Fresh began as a youth theatre in metropolitan Melbourne specifically aimed at supporting young people in difficult life circumstances and personal crisis. The program has successfully served youth in several locations from Templestowe to Bayswater, Blackburn to Elsternwick, thousands of young people have walked through the doors since inception.
Fresh has developed a state-wide school workshop program communicating and exploring meaningful issues with tens of thousands of school aged young people through theatre. Fresh also delivers a range of auxiliary projects every year utilising the art of creative communication in a range of sectors from corporate to programs targeting adults, children and young people with particular needs. Fresh regularly facilitates programs that engage new migrant or refugee people, those affected by substance abuse, mental illness, people with disabilities, addiction, and both victims and perpetrators of violence.
Fresh Theatre for social change
“Fresh began with three young people in a room playing with theatre. We did not know what we were doing, we did not know where we were going, we did not expect what we have become, but it has worked, twelve years later and thousands of young people changed by the supportive nature of a creative community we have proven that it works. And now we’re ready to bring Fresh to even more communities throughout Australia.”
- Shaz Mullens (Founder, 2014)