Starlet Creative Industries is a Community Arts initiative working with schools, businesses, and individuals throughout the Brisbane Region in Australia. We are passionate about positive impact & social change through a holistic approach to Drama, Puppets & The Arts!
Our services include: Contract teaching as drama Specialists, Facilitating Training and workshops in schools, library holiday sessions, puppetry and drama classes, Dynamic Engagement PD, Art classes, Youth Confidence workshops, and our newest concept, Puppets with Purpose, a student wellbeing approach for schools.
Our Starlet Creative Industries' Director is talented and creative educator Marianne Buchanan. Marianne has a passion for drawing, painting, singing, performing, scriptwriting, teaching and supporting people young and old to feel confident and empowered in their creative pursuits.
From 2000 to 2001 she toured Australia and New Zealand with an itinerant drama company and developed skills and experience in singing, performing, directing and facilitating drama workshops. Since that time Marianne has performed, written, directed and produced shows in Maitland, Darwin, Cairns, and Brisbane. Through her drama & scriptwriting studies with Griffith University from 2002 -2005 and her involvement in community theatre Marianne has been most influenced by the theatrical approaches of Zen Zen Zo, Buton Theatre, Stanislavsky's 'Method Acting' ideology and theories behind 'Theatre Pedagogy'. She has a graduate diploma in teaching through Central Queensland University and a BA in Sociology through Open Universities. From 2004-2010 Marianne was involved with a community organisation as a facilitator, supervisor, and counsellor and as such brings to Starlet Creative Industries a holistic approach to supporting individuals and community groups in overcoming blocks, developing confidence and applying these to their Arts projects.
Starlet Creative Industries was first established in 2014 to help with community theatre. However, after losing two family members to tragic circumstances, in 2016, Marianne changed the direction of the organisation to being a Social Enterprise and became committed to working with schools to support resilience and hope and giving students the skills and opportunities to rise above adversities.