The Shopfront for Young Theatre and Performance is a non-profit arts organization that has been operating in Sydney’s southern suburb of Carlton for over 40 years. Shopfront supports emerging actors, writers and directors by providing a socially-engaged environment for creative experimentation and play. The centre inhabits an old Federation-era house and car mechanics garage. Storage and set-making takes place in a shipping container and large garden shed. The spaces are unadorned and practical. Stephen Collier Architects were engaged in 2014 to design an ambitious expansion program. This was scaled back in 2017, as part of a revised Development Application. The design now reflects (even more acutely than before) the lean, improvisational nature of the centre and its activities whilst substantially improving accessibility, office and rehearsal space. A lush roof-top arbour also provides a much-needed place of rest and a sunny foil to the dark internalised interiors.

Architect

Stephen Collier

Collaborators

Jackson Birrell
Yvette Ramsay
Jordan McIlroy
Claudio Ribeiro

Consultants

Accessibility Solutions

ACOR Consultants Pty Ltd

Arcturus Solutions Pty Ltd

City Plan Services Pty Ltd

Steve Watson & Partners

Sue Barnsley Design