The Children’s Performing Company of Australia was founded by Patrick Conlan in 1984 trading as the Victorian Children’s Theatre. From humble beginnings in a local church hall, the organisation has grown into Victoria’s largest single provider of drama, song and dance training for young people.
Initially concentrating on improvised drama, the course soon expanded to include script work, acting for the camera, singing and dance. In 1995 four music theatre ensembles were created for students wishing to concentrate on song and dance. These ensembles expanded into what is now known as the Young Australian Broadway Chorus.
In 2003 the CPCA established the Talent Company of Australia which offers students and their siblings cost effective representation in the entertainment industry.
Since 2006 the CPCA has offered a dedicated program for 5-7 year olds which combines drama, song and dance. The program has steadily grown in popularity and in December 2008 was officially launched as Beginners OnStage.
Today, the CPCA continues to develop over 3000 young people in Melbourne through the performing arts at 18 convenient venue locations.