if you are interested in applying for 2021, contact nicole reilly on nicole@zenzenzo.com

Applications close 31 march.

After a 3-year hiatus, Zen Zen Zo’s popular Creative Entrepreneur Internship returned in 2019. In 2021 the company will offer the 16th Internship Program in Brisbane. This innovative course provides one of the few opportunities in Australia for emerging artists (actors, directors, producers, visual artists, teachers & administrators) to acquire the skills and contacts necessary to make the transition into the professional performing arts industry. It also caters to established artists looking to re-train in auxiliary areas and rejuvenate themselves mid-career. Closely mentored by Zen Zen Zo Artistic Director Nicole Reilly, with guest sessions by company founders Dr Lynne Bradley & Simon Woods, the Interns undertake a series of intensive training units in: 

acting & physical theatre / fitness training / directing / producing / auditioning / marketing / grant writing / administration / finance / sports psychology / devising & creating of an end-of-year show

IN 2021, ONLY 10 PLACES  WILL BE OFFERED to ensure maximum attention is given to each individual artist’s journey and development. Places are secured by application only.

Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre has produced around 50 professional productions, toured nationally and internationally, and trained a generation of actors, directors, producers and physical theatre performers and teachers over the past 27 years. The artists and arts workers trained in the stimulating and challenging environment of Zen Zen Zo have been extremely successful in gaining other employment within the industry and the company now has a reputation for producing some of Australia’s most dynamic emerging talent.  Past Zen Zen Zo Interns have included:

This is just a small selection of the Zen Zen Zo Internship graduates who have gone on to make an outstanding contribution to the Performing Arts industry, nationally and internationally.

Those who are accepted into the Internship become an integral part of the Zen Zen Zo company, developing strong bonds with the other Interns and company members. The Zen Zen Zo philosophy is based on the ensemble, and a major component of the Internship is learning to live, work and create in a group environment. Whilst not the primary aim of the program, at the conclusion of the Internship some of the Interns may be invited to become a permanent part of the company.

In 2021 the Interns will also be given the option of traveling to Japan to train and perform with Butoh Master Maro Akaji and Dairakudakan (the oldest and largest Butoh company in the world) for a week in July-August.


Internship Dates:       23 July – 4 Dec

Tuition Fee:                 $5000*

* Fee covers everything except books, show tickets & the (optional) Japan trip.

* Interstate/International participants organise their own accommodation. 

Applications can be submitted at any time until the program is full. Some Interns have already been accepted.  Applications should be sent to nicole@zenzenzo.com and should include:

  • 1-page Artist’s Statement which outlines your reasons for wanting to participate in the Creative Entrepreneur Internship with Zen Zen Zo

  • 1-page CV or Biography

  • Sample of your work (video/self-test/portfolio) or you can invite Nicole to see a show you are performing in or have directed, designed or produced.

Enquiries: Nicole Reilly, nicole@zenzenzo.com

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