Now is the time to sign up for our annual CIA eisteddfod, to be held over the weekend of 3rd – 4th August at the Gehrmann Theatre, Brisbane Girls Grammar School.

The eisteddfod is a friendly competition in which students perform pieces in one or more categories in front of an audience of family, friends and peers. Places are then awarded by an expert adjudicator, who passes on constructive feedback to every participant.

This is a fun and confidence-boosting learning experience, and all students are highly encouraged to take part! Participants are given all the pieces they need and all preparation is covered during class time.

This year’s categories are:

VERSE – Students perform a poem of their choice.

CHARACTER RECITAL – Students perform a monologue as a chosen character, eg, a character from a play or film, a reimagining of a figure from a book or fairytale, or even an original role.

DUOLOGUE – Two students perform a short scene together.

PUBLIC SPEAKING – Students present a short informative and/or persuasive speech on a topic of their choice (2 mins max).

Please note: Year 2 students can enter the Poetry category only. Years 3 and above can enter all categories of their choosing

Junior and Senior Champions

This year, we will be awarding $100 prizes to a Junior Champion (Years 3 – 6) and Senior Champion (Years 7 – 10) based on their overall performance in the eisteddfod.

To be eligible for this prize, students must compete in at least three categories.

Eisteddfod Schedule

These times may change depending on numbers. The full schedule will be finalised by Friday 14th July.
Saturday 3rd August
2.00 – 3.30 pm Years 2 & 3
4.00 – 5.30 pm Years 4 & 5
Sunday 4th August
10.00 – 11.30am Years 6 & 7
12.00-1.30pm Years 8 to 10

Be sure to get your entry in ASAP – the sooner you enter, the more time your child will have to prepare their pieces.


Why scramble from acting training to singing lessons to dance classes, when you can get all three in one high-quality intensive program?

CIA Musical Theatre Masterclasses will be your one-stop shop for performance excellence.


After the success of our first Masterclass, we are thrilled to launch into another intensive journey through the essential techniques of acting, singing and dance.

Masterclass 2 will feature in-depth tuition from an incredible line-up of theatre

  • Tim Hill – a NIDA-trained theatre director who has just finished working on The Woman in Black at QPAC, and whose past work includes plays, musicals, cabaret and film.
  • Stephanie Taylor – a Queensland Conservatorium graduate whose 16-year career as a singer and vocal teacher has taken her to New York and back, and made her a prominent figure in the Australian singing community.
  • Natalia Hines – a dancer and choreographer who trained at Dynamite Studios, one of Australia’s leading performing arts schools, and who offers outstanding teaching expertise for all levels of dance.

Students of all ages, from 7 to 25, will emerge from this Masterclass as more well-rounded performers, equipped with all the skills they need to shine onstage.

Classes will take place across three Sundays at the Thomas Dixon Centre.

Students will perform in a showcase for parents in the final week, featuring scenes and numbers from the following musicals:

Years 2-6: The Little Mermaid
Years 6-10: Into the Woods
Ages 16-25: The Addams Family

With incredible in-depth tuition from theatre experts, including star director Tim Hill singer and vocal coach Stephanie Taylor and choreographer extraordinaire Natalia Hines, every student emerges from the program as a more well-rounded performer, equipped with all the skills they need to shine onstage.

Classes will take place across three Sundays at the Thomas Dixon Centre, culminating in a showcase performance for parents in the final week (no costumes required).

Our second Masterclass will include three age groups:

Years 2 – 6 will work on a scene and song from The Little Mermaid.

Years 6 – 10 will workshop selections from Into the Woods.

And students aged 16+ will take on pieces from The Addams Family.

Dates and Times

Sunday 14th July 12.00 – 2.00 pm
Sunday 21st July 9.00 – 12.00 pm
Sunday 28th July 12.00 – 3.00 pm

Don’t miss your chance to unleash your inner musical star!

Don’t delay – numbers are limited!


Our third Masterclass will have a special twist, as the focus will be preparing students to audition for our January 2025 Holiday Workshop production, School of Rock!

This will be a 2-week Masterclass (6 hours in total) in which students practise and fine-tune their Holiday Workshop audition pieces, benefiting from coaching and detailed feedback from expert teachers. The two classes are designed to give them the best chance to excel in their audition.

But students don’t have to be taking part in the Holiday Workshop to join this Masterclass! Everyone will learn valuable skills and techniques as they work on monologues, songs and choreography from the hilarious smash-hit musical, School of Rock.

For Masterclass 3, our team of theatre experts will once again include director Tim Hill, singer and vocal coach Stephanie Taylor, and master choreographer Natalia Hines. This trio will also be the creative team behind the Holiday Workshop in January.

Masterclass 3 will be open to students of all ages. Classes will take place at West End’s Thomas Dixon Centre across 2 weeks in October – before Holiday Workshop auditions begin the following week.

Masterclass 3

Sunday 13th October
9.00am – 12.00 pm

Sunday 20th July
9.00 – 12.00 pm

2025 Holiday Workshop Auditions

Sunday 27th October
9.00am – 11.00 am | Years 2-4
11.00am – 1.00pm | Years 5-6

Sunday 3rd November
9.00 – 11.00 am | Years 7-8
11.00am – 1.00pm | Years 9 and up

Enrolments open in August!



The secret is out! We are thrilled to announce that our January 2025 Holiday Workshop show is… School of Rock!

This rip-roaring, hilarious musical, based on the hit film starring Jack Black, has been described as “Matilda meets AC/DC”. It’s the perfect choice to feature the talents of CIA performers in every age group.

After out-of-work musician Dewey Finn fakes his way into a job as a substitute teacher, he decides to transform his class of private school kids into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping rock band. But his students will have to face up to an uptight principal, overbearing parents, and their own insecurities, if they want to win first place in the Battle of the Bands!

Led by NIDA-trained director Tim Hill, this Holiday Workshop will take students on a 6-day journey from page to stage, as they receive incredible acting, singing and dancing tuition from theatre experts at West End’s Thomas Dixon Centre. The experience will culminate in two performances in the state-of-the-art Talbot Theatre on Saturday 18th January.

Performers of all ages will love this one-of-a-kind musical theatre experience. Join us in January and get ready to rock!

Dates and Times

Monday 13th – Friday 17th January
Thomas Dixon Centre
9.00 am – 3.00 pm each day
Saturday 18th January
Talbot Theatre, Thomas Dixon Centre
10.30 am start
Performances at 1.30 and 4.00 pm


$500 + GST = $550


Musical Theatre Masterclass 2
Sunday 14th July 12.00-2.00pm
Sunday 21st July 9.00-12.00pm
Sunday 28th July 12.00-3.00pm
CIA Eisteddfod
Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th August

Musical Theatre Masterclass 3
Sunday 13th October 9.00am – 12.00pm
Sunday 20th October 9.00am – 12.00pm
2025 Holiday Workshop Auditions
Sunday 27th October
9.00 – 11.00am Years 2-4
11.00am – 1.00pm Years 5-6

Sunday 3rd November
9.00 – 11.00am Years 7-8
11.00am – 1.00pm Years 9 and up
Musical Theatre Holiday Workshop
Monday 13th January – Saturday 18th January

Stay tuned – more details to come!


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