"When ancients first sewed the earth with seed and prayed a harvest they'd reap,
They danced before the gods and cried for water from heaven's keep,
For splendid fruit and luscious trees can grow from just a grain,
But a seed will just remain a seed without the harvest rain."
- AUTHOR UNKNOWN
Harvest Rain is the world's largest not-for-profit youth arts organisation.
Renowned as an incubator for new and emerging talent, over the years we’ve helped literally thousands of young performers discover and celebrate their passion for the arts through the many training experiences and performance opportunities we provide nationwide.
As a producer of live entertainment, Harvest Rain has presented everything from large-scale arena spectaculars to intimate cabarets, new works to classic musicals in concert and everything in between, while always maintaining a focus on introducing young people to the arts. We are renowned for connecting the “dreamers” with the “doers”; helping young artists to develop their skills by involving them on stage in major productions performing alongside seasoned professionals in front of thousands of delighted audience members.
Harvest Rain also provides a range or training experiences for young people, from holiday workshops to weekend master classes to full-time courses and more, all designed to assist young artists in the pursuit of their passion.
Being a young kid with big creative dreams can be daunting – people tell you all the time that those kind of dreams just don’t come true. But we think that’s nonsense. We dream big, and we want to help creative young people find the courage to dream big too. That’s why we do what we do.
More than three decades after it began, Harvest Rain remains committed to creating engaging, high quality performance experiences and enriching, challenging training opportunities for the next generation of performers.
What began as a community drama group in downtown Brisbane in 1985 has rapidly grown into the largest youth arts organisation in the world, responsible for connecting young emerging artists with working professionals in some of the largest productions staged on earth.
Harvest Rain is well-known for producing high quality professional productions that are enjoyed by thousands of theatre goers each year. The company is also widely respected for being a hub of creativity and professional development where young artists can train and perform alongside some of the biggest stars in the country.
Over the years, Harvest Rain has presented work at a range of major venues across Australia, producing shows like SPAMALOT, INTO THE WOODS, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, BLOOD BROTHERS, THE WIZARD OF OZ, JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, OKLAHOMA! GUYS & DOLLS and more. The company has become internationally renowned for producing major arena productions, including record breaking productions of CATS, HAIRSPRAY, GREASE and THE WIZARD OF OZ which featured over 500 performers on stage and toured to major arenas far and wide.
Over the last three decades, many well-known artists have trodden the boards in a Harvest Rain show, including Simon Gallaher, Courtney Act, Jemma Rix, Simon Burke, Marina Prior, Jon English, Julie Anthony, Andrew O'Keefe, Amanda Muggleton, Christine Anu, Michael Falzon, Rachael Beck, Frank Woodley, John Wood, Nancye Hayes, Rob Mills, Ian Stenlake, Val Lehman, Rhonda Burchmore, Steven Tandy, Eddie Perfect and Wayne Scott Kermond to name a few.
Harvest Rain is best known as a place of great beginnings, with many acclaimed artists having had their first big break on a Harvest Rain stage, including Carly Bettinson, Lauren McKenna, Ruby Clarke, Billy Bouchier, Georgina Hopson, Matthew Passmore, Angela Harding, Luke Kennedy, Francine Cain, Zahra Newman, Jack Chambers, Stephen Wheat, Mark Conaghan, Bryan Probets, Terri Brabon, Stefanie Jones, Mark Hill, Callum Mansfield, Josh McIntosh and many others.
Over the last 35 years, Harvest Rain has grown to become the world's largest not-for-profit youth arts organisation, a company committed to creating engaging, high quality performance experiences and enriching, challenging training opportunities for the next generation of performers.
JESS PURDYGENERAL MANAGER
CALLUM MANSFIELDCREATIVE DIRECTOR
MARCELLE WALLENMASS ENSEMBLE MANAGER
SHAUN McCALLUMASSOCIATE PRODUCER
TRACEY WHEALEYMARKETING CO-ORDINATOR
NELL TEISMARKETING CO-ORDINATOR
CODY WOODCONTENT CREATOR
SHARON PACKENASOFFICE SUPERVISOR
Grant Couchman - Matthew Dennett - Susan O'Connor - Tim O'Connor - Will Threadgould - Megan Whiting