Besen Family Artist Program

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Are you an early to mid-career artist seeking the chance to observe theatre-making, engage in ongoing artistic work, and be mentored and supported within a mainstage theatre company? 

The Besen Family Artist Program offers four placements per year for artists to experience professional development at Malthouse Theatre. Now in its 17th year, this program has cultivated a new generation of ambitious theatre-makers.  

In 2021, placements are offered in the following disciplines: 

  • Sound Design and Composition
  • Set and Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Directing  
  • Dramaturgy

As a recipient of a Besen Family Artist Program placement, you're provided with opportunities to work across multiple projects, a broad experience of the company’s operations, and connections with a range of practitioners, all under the guidance of a dedicated mentor.  

You are also offered a bespoke program of workshops to assist in your professional development goals, and a series of conversations with members of our team to give insight into the operations of a professional theatre company. 

Recipients receive the following:  

  • A stipend of $4,000 for the equivalent of four weeks’ full-time employment;  
  • Senior artist mentors across at least two projects;  
  • A bespoke workshop series designed to support the development of leadership skills.  

The duration of the placement on each production, as well as your overall role and responsibilities, are negotiable with your mentor and responds to the requirements of your discipline. We work with successful applicants to negotiate a suitable schedule for their placement.  

Recipients with a disability may be offered additional support to undertake the placement—let us know your access needs in your application. 

Applications for this program are now closed.

Read about the latest intake of Besen Family Artist Program participants on the Engine Room blog.

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The Besen Family Artist Program is proudly supported by the Besen Family Foundation and Debbie Dadon AM