CreateA (formerly CreateAbility) was established in 2002 by Sara McQueenie and John Willis. They were mentored by Phil Heuzenroeder from Club Wild (now Wild@Heart). The first events were dance parties held at The Universal nightclub in Bendigo and performance workshops held on weekends.
The Drama Ensemble has operated continuously since 2004. They have worked with theatre companies including Back To Back Theatre, The Old Van and Born in a Taxi. Past Creative Directors have been Penny Larkins, Sky Lily Simpson and Ian Scott and Sam Thomas.
In 2016 CreateA was invited to be resident at The Engine Room (Old Fire Station), part of Bendigo Venues and Events. This enabled the company to establish a weekly performance training workshop on Wednesdays in addition to the ongoing Saturday Drama group. The Wednesday group is the basis of CreateA’s Performing Ensemble. The Ensemble have co-devised major performing works with the Creative Directors. The Ensemble has performed at Victory Park and Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine (Castlemaine State Festival), Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo and The Cube, Wodonga.
The Visual Arts Group also began around 2004 and has exhibited work at La Trobe Visual Arts Centre (now La Trobe Arts Institute) and The Capital. Artists tutoring with the group include Vanessa Johnstone, Joan Harris and Mici Boxell.