Artist Development

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

Malthouse Theatre collaborates with local and international artists to create inventive performances that cut to the core of the human experience. Our work explores the world, personally, socially and politically to provoke a dialogue with and within audiences.
 
We are interested in all artists who are interested in us, and we’re always eager to engage in the rich contemporary performance scene beyond the confines of our own building. 
 
The best ways to make sure you're on our radar are to introduce yourself over email, invite us to see your work, or apply for one of our artist development programs.

ARTISTIC PROGRAMS

SUPPORTED BY THE BESEN FAMILY FOUNDATION


**Applications have now closed 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.

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.

INTRODUCE YOURSELF


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 mpritchard@malthousetheatre.com.au, 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 admin@malthousetheatre.com.au 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 
mpritchard@malthousetheatre.com.au.

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.