Class Act Productions is the longest running dedicated youth theatre company in Gippsland. Formed in 2001, Class Act is a non-profit organization which provides an opportunity for youth to participate in theatre.
The company was formed by David and Jan Pickburn, Mandie Black and David Williams, who were already involved in local theatre and as educators. They saw the need for a dedicated company to foster the talent of young people in Gippsland, and formed Class Act Productions to fill that niche. In 2008, David Pickburn sadly passed away and Michael Mendez was appointed to join the directing team along with Mandie Black and David Williams. Together, they have continued to achieve the original vision for Class Act to produce amateur theatre at a professional standard, and provide opportunities for young people to hone their talent and skills. Since its formation, Class Act has nurtured and trained youth who have gone on to pursue professional careers in the arts, including in theatre, music and dance.
As part of its philosophy, Class Act also seeks to mentor young people by offering roles such as Assistant Choreographers, Assistant Directors and Assistant Musical Directors. This offers further opportunity for development and leadership for those interested in extending their skills in theatre.