Artist Development

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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.

The Engine Room is the research and development arm of Malthouse Theatre. Script commissions, production workshops, artist residencies, professional development programs, bespoke initiatives, and one-off experiments—the Engine Room is the creative laboratory that makes our mainstage program possible.

Here on our website, we offer a range of resources to show you what we do and how we do it, including a number of specific programs we run to ensure new artists are coming through the building. 

Over on the Engine Room Blog, you can read about the work we’re making now, the ideas behind it, and the artists who make it.

For artists looking to engage with us, 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. And for the latest updates, subscribe to our eNews.

Our Approach

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Glossary of Terms

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Proposal Guide for Playwrights


Besen Family Artist Program

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Besen Writers Group


Malcolm Robertson Writers Program

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Director in Residence Program

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Playwriting Innovation Award



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, and tell us about you and what you do. 


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 and we will circulate it to the relevant staff.


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

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.