Screenwriter Paul Kooperman has swapped the glitz and glamour of the silver screen to come to Epping, signing on as artistic director for a local youth theatre company.

Kooperman will lead the council’s First Impressions youth theatre company, which runs weekly workshops for people aged 11 to 30.

The sessions, which have been running for 10 years, cover topics including performance, physical theatre, multimedia, acting and scriptwriting.

Whittlesea mayor Stevan Kozmevski said the appointment of Kooperman as artistic director was a coup for the company and the council.

“Paul comes to us with a range of experiences and a rich background in the arts, including a stint screenwriting for Hollywood and Australian TV shows, and lecturing at Swinburne University,” he said.

“He will bring creative skills and ideas to the theatre company, and we look forward to seeing what he has in store.”

The workshops are open to young people who live, work or attend school in Whittlesea.

They will run on Mondays during school term, from 6pm until 8.30pm.

Details: 9217 2291