Malthouse Theatre is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) in both its employment practices and the general working environment it provides to its employees.

People from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CALD backgrounds and people with disabilities.


** Applications are now open for the 2020 Besen Family Artist Program **

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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
  • directing
  • dramaturgy
  • 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.

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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.