SUPPORTED BY THE BESEN FAMILY FOUNDATION
** Applications are now open for the 2020 Besen Family Artist Program **
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Besen Family Artist Program provides professional development for early to mid-career artists who seek experience in observing specific productions or ongoing artistic work within a mainstage theatre company. Now in its 16th year, this program has cultivated a new generation of ambitious theatre-makers.
In 2020, placements will be offered to four theatre-makers in any of the following disciplines:
- sound design and composition
- set and costume design
- lighting design
- creative producing
Recipients of placements through the Besen Family Artist Program are provided with a professional mentor within Malthouse Theatre. In 2020, the program is being expanded to connect the artists across multiple projects, offering a broader experience of the company and connections with a range of practitioners and processes.
We’re also supporting the placements with a bespoke program of leadership skills workshops to assist in their professional development, and a series of conversations with members of our programming and production teams to give recipients a window into the operations of the company.
What is offered:
- A stipend of $4,000 for the equivalent of four weeks’ full-time employment;
- Senior artist mentors across two projects;
- A bespoke workshop series designed to support the development of leadership skills.
Mentors will negotiate roles and responsibilities with each of their mentees. Recipients with a disability may be offered additional support to undertake the placement.
The duration of the placement on each production is negotiable with your mentor and the requirements of your discipline. The dates provided below are indicative of the formal rehearsal period and production week (and time in which you should have maximum availability) but your placement may vary from these dates. We’ll work with the successful applicants to negotiate a suitable schedule for their placement.
- You must be an Australian resident with appropriate tertiary qualifications or experience in your discipline or field;
- You have not been engaged or employed by the Malthouse Theatre as an artist in the creation of a work on our mainstage, or received a placement with us previously;
- Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) demonstrates at least two years of theatre-making practice beyond your tertiary or vocational studies (if applicable).
Malthouse Theatre will review the Expressions of Interest received by the due date. The Assessment of applicants will take into account:
- Applicants that reflect both regional and cultural diversity with Victorian artists as a priority;
- The applicants’ identified professional development vision and the value they will gain from the opportunity;
- Demonstrated commitment and sustained theatre-making practice of the applicant.
The panel reviewing applications will include Malthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director, Production Manager and key creative staff.
Applications close at 5pm on 5 February 2020.
Submit your application here: https://malthouse.typeform.com/to/nsJrpG
BESEN WRITERS’ DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
As well as production placements, the Besen Family Artist Program also offers a writers’ development program. The writers’ development stream involves a curated program for writers to workshop their written material with other collaborating artists with a focus on developing work for mainstage theatres. This program is by invitation only.
BESEN FAMILY ARTIST PROGRAM REPORT 2005–2015
SUPPORTED BY CRAIG REEVES
Our annual Female Director in Residence position provides intensive career development, personal mentoring and a salary to an emerging female theatre director. The only program of its kind in Australia, the program offers a deeply engaged professional development opportunity.
In the ninth year of the program, Bridget Balodis has been appointed the Director in Residence for 2020/22.
DIRECTOR IN RESIDENCE 2020/22 – BRIDGET BALODIS
Bridget trained as a director at the VCA and Australian National University. She works primarily with new Australian writing and is a member of theatre collective, New Working Group. As a dramaturg/director Bridget has developed work with playwrights Michele Lee, David Finningan, Dan Giovannoni, Amelia Evans, Morgan Rose and Rachel Perks.
Her recent directing credits include She is Vigilante (Theatre Works), The Cybec Electric readings (Melbourne Theatre Company), MORAL PANIC (Darebin Arts), Desert, 6.29pm (Red Stitch and Wuhzen Theatre Festival), GROUND CONTROL (Next Wave and Brisbane Festival), Jurassica (Red Stitch and Critical Stages) and Kids Killing Kids (Next Wave). Bridget was assistant director on The Dream (Bell Shakespeare) and The Histrionic (Malthouse Theatre/Sydney Theatre Company). In 2015 and 2016 she lived in New York, where she worked with downtown legends Elevator Repair Service and Wooster Group alumna, Anna Kohler.
Her 2018 work MORAL PANIC was nominated for 6 Green Room Awards and her 2015 work, Jurassica, was nominated for 5. She was a part of the inaugural Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women Director’s program in 2014 and has been the recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award, Mike Walsh Fellowship and Dame Joan Sutherland Award.
The Director in Residence program is made possible by the generous support of Craig Reeves.
SUPPORTED BY DEBBIE DADON AM
REPRESENTING THE FUTURE OF MALTHOUSE THEATRE, VANGUARD IS A COHORT OF HIGHLY ENGAGED AND CULTURALLY CURIOUS AGENTS OF CHANGE WHO ARE WELCOMED INTO THE COMPANY AS NEW AMBASSADORS.
Vanguard invites individuals aged 18 to 30 to connect with our theatre as a space for artistic, social and political discussion. Members receive tickets to designated preview performances throughout Season 2019 and attend pre- and post-show conversations and events including opportunities to connect with Malthouse Theatre Executive, Board and artists.
With unparalleled access, Vanguard members have a year of unforgettable experiences, gain insight into Malthouse Theatre’s work, contribute to discussions about cultural leadership and build a new network of local arts lovers.
Vanguard is co-led by Malthouse Theatre’s Company Producer and Board member Jan Owen (CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians).
**APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED.**
The Malcolm Robertson Foundation supports the development and presentation of original Australian works by way of a Writers Program. Since 2004, the program has commissioned two emerging artists per year to write a new Australian work for Malthouse Theatre.
We appreciate writers, directors, designers and theatre-makers reaching out to introduce themselves and their work to us. Email our New Work Manager Mark Pritchard on firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell us about you and what you do.
INVITE US TO SEE YOUR WORK
Seeing live work is a great way for us to know who you are and what you make. We may not always be able to get there, but we will make every attempt to send one of our team, given plenty of notice. Three weeks in advance is optimal. Send an invitation to email@example.com and we will circulate it to the relevant staff.
SUBMIT A TREATMENT
If you believe you have a unique proposal which has a strong affinity with our artistic vision, you are welcome to send a two-page treatment to our New Work Manager, Mark Pritchard firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re submitting a script, please include a one-page synopsis and a short bio to give us some context.
We receive an enormous number of proposals, and with limited resources, we aren’t able to give you feedback about your work. If we do see a possible connection with Malthouse Theatre we will contact you.