Building on our Practice & Participate artist residency program which seeded a number of new works for BANKSTOWN:LIVE, RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. is UTP’s artist residency program for 2016-2018.

RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. gives hands-on industry experience to young people living in Western Sydney in a supported professional context that is process driven. The creative model provides opportunities for young people to engage in all aspects of the making process, from artistic to artistic leadership to production.

Over several months, four artists, Luke Carman, Roslyn Oades, Maharshi Ravaland and Rajni Shah will be in residence with UTP to develop a new place-based work in collaboration with young people from Blacktown and surrounds. This 18-month engagement will culminate in a premiere season in 2018.

The works created during RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. take the form of theatre, music, dance and installation and will be set against the backdrop of vibrant Blacktown.

Young Collaborators Hajer Al-awsi, Rochelle Baughan, Angelique Bickerstaff, Krystal Docker, Renée Felsch, Eda Gunaydin, Pratik Jaipuria, Samuel Kanaan-Oringo, Manasi Kundap, Hope Lee, Natasha Lette, Ailsa Liu, Prashil Narayan, Darzana Ravindrarajah, Sebastian Sabir, Yash Shah, Anshika Sharma, Harsh Yalam and Kellie Zhao-Culpan.


Luke Carman is an award-winning writer from Liverpool and the author of An Elegant Young Man, which was awarded the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing. In 2014 he was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist.

Roslyn Oades is an award-winning theatre maker known for her pioneering work in the field of headphone verbatim performance. She was the 2013 Female Director-in-residence at Malthouse Theatre where she created Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday for the 2014 Melbourne Festival. Other signature works include: I’m Your Man (Belvoir 2012 Sydney Festival 2013 Mobile states national tour), Cutaway–A Portrait (Vitalstatistix 2012), Stories of Love & Hate (Urban Theatre Projects 2008 – Sydney Theatre Company, 2011) and Fast Cars & Tractor Engines (UTP/BYDS 2005). As a writer, recent commissions include: At the Hip for HotHouse Theatre (2016) and In A Deep Dark Forest, an immersive theatrical work for children (premiering at Arts Centre Melbourne in 2017). Roslyn Oades & collaborators is a current recipient of the inaugural Myer Fund, Arts & Humanity Capacity Building Stream.

Maharshi Raval is a promising tabla player from Benaras Gharana (school) living in Sydney. Maharshi is a student of Late Pt. Nandan Mehta who was a disciple of the legend of Benaras Gharana Late Pt. Shri Kishen Maharaj and has been learning for the last 25 years at Saptak School of Music in Ahmedabad. He has travelled extensively to various parts of the world as an accompanist to Indian Classical Vocalists, Instrumentalists and Kathak Dancers and also won 1st prize for National Youth Festival Tabla Competition in 1994 at Jaipur. He also performed at Saptak Festival’s concerts quite often in front of Pt. Kishan Maharaj, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt. Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Late Ustad Allarakha Khan, Pt. Ronu Majumdar etc as the audience! Maharshi conducted and directed the tabla recital of 100 students aged between 3 to 16 yrs on the occasion of Indian Heritage Day, performed in Australian national television shows like X-Factor with India Rose on Channel 7 and in Good News Week with Sarangan on Channel 10. Maharshi runs a music institute called Shree Gajanan Cultural Mission – The Institute of Indian Classical Music and Dance at various locations in Sydney (Parramatta, Westmead, Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Hornsby).

Rajni Shah has been making performance since 1999. From 2005-2012 she worked with other artists under the names ‘Rajni Shah Theatre’ and ‘Rajni Shah Projects’ to create a trilogy of works exploring moments of cultural identity and alienation (Mr Quiver, Dinner with America, and Glorious) and alongside this a series of public interventions exploring interactions between strangers, entitled small gifts. In 2013, Rajni co-organised the symposium Beyond Glorious: the radical in engaged practices with Birkbeck College, London, and published Dear Stranger, I love you: the ethics of community in Rajni Shah Projects’ Glorious. Her most recent projects include Lying Fallow (London, 2014-15), Experiments in Listening (Nottingham, London, Lancaster 2014-15), and Song (London, 2016). Rajni was an Arts admin Associate Artist 2009-2013 and an Honorary Research Fellow at The Centre for Contemporary Theatre, Birkbeck College 2012-16. She is currently living in Sydney, Australia, and undertaking a PhD at the University of Lancaster, UK, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and supervised by Professor Geraldine Harris.

Image by Lucille Acevedo-Jones, Rajni Shah and Manuel Vason