International Women's Day / Meet the Women of Malthouse Theatre

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To celebrate International Women's Day, we introduce you to some some of the incredible women that work behind the scenes at Malthouse Theatre.

Belinda / Philanthropy Coordinator

How long have you been at Malthouse Theatre?
4 years

What’s your favourite production?
Picnic at Hanging Rock (2016, 2018), which had such an impact the audience screamed!

Tell us about your role here?
I work with our Malthouse Muse donors and Trusts and Foundations to raise the funds to bring our work to the stage. I love being able to engage in the deep conversations we facilitate between our Muse donors and artists. We talk about theatre-making, identity and how art can contribute to important conversations in the social-political context of Melbourne, Australia, and internationally.

What you would say to other women looking to work in the arts or at a theatre?
Your career doesn't have to fit anyone else's pathway or timeline. Make it work for you and find your own way there, while building relationships and observing others approaches.

 

Anita / Events Manager

How long have you been at Malthouse Theatre?
6 Years at the end of the month.

What’s your favourite production?
Every Brilliant Thing (2016). Set in the round, minimal props, no heavy set. The staging was simple. It was a heart-wrenching story that spoke to me so personally. Jonny and Charlotte were beautiful humans too. It was a pleasure working alongside them each day.

Tell us about your role here?
Over the past years, I’ve worked my way through a few titles in the venue department. I guess that’s what I love about working at The Malthouse. They support your growth and desire for ideas. Bringing the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to The Malthouse 5 years ago is one of my proudest accomplishments. Watching the venue come to life, team work together, and the festival running so smoothly and successfully we continue to run each year since.

 

Ness / Finance Manager

How long have you been at Malthouse Theatre?
8 months.  I was previously the Finance Manager at MTC for 6 years, and have been in the independent side of the Arts for 15 years (mainly as a stage manager and tech).

What’s your favourite production?
It is a production from before I worked here – Good Muslim Boy (2018) was a standout favourite. It was really interesting to look at the relationship between a child and aging parents through a particular cultural and gendered lens, and see how so much of what is involved is universal. I could relate to so many parts of what he was dealing with, but was dealing with similar things in a slightly different way. I also had the pleasure of attending the performance with my counterpart from Queensland Theatre.  I love catching up with her and the Finance people in other companies – the conversation gets nerdy and they are all very generous with their time and expertise.

Tell us about your role here?
My role can be different from day to day, depending on what the company needs. Tours and co-productions are always interesting because I get to work with some wonderful people in other companies and venues. We are about to go through the painful but exciting process of implementing a new finance system, and this will change the way that the finance people interact with the organization and how the organization interacts with our finances. I think it will be a very positive change and I can’t wait to get to the point where we can start sharing some of the new things that people will be able to access and do.  Until then though, keep the coffee rolling in – we will need it.

What you would say to other women looking to work in the arts or at a theatre?
The arts are bigger than you might imagine and there are so many avenues to get into it – I came in via a long career in accounting.  Think about how your current career might fit into an arts position and start looking around, volunteering and networking.  Also, don’t assume that you need to have a private school education for the arts or that you need to have grown up around theatre – I grew up in a regional area with limited exposure to anything arts related and went to a very small public school.  We are just people with skills that we get to apply in an amazingly diverse environment.

 

Annie / Company Producer

How long have you been at Malthouse Theatre?
I’ve been lucky enough to work at Malthouse for 2 years now

What’s your favourite production?
My favourite production before I started at Malty was Pompeii, L.A. (2012) I mean, a new show written by Declan Greene, Directed by Matt Lutton and starring such a baller cast – yes please! Choosing my favourite show since working here feels like choosing a favourite child, it’s impossible. Standouts are Going Down (2018), Wake in Fright (2019) and Apocalypse Meow (2019). I also loved Cloudstreet (2019) because it was a new take on the production that inspired me to work in theatre in the first place. Working with Meow Meow in Apocalypse Meow was also was an absolute dream come true too.

What you would say to other women looking to work in the arts or at a theatre?
My advice to other women wanting to work in the arts is – do your best (and remember everyone else is doing the same), drink coffee with people you admire and never underestimate the marketing coordinator, they’re going to be your boss one day. 

 

Allie / Company Administrator

How long have you been at Malthouse Theatre?
Two years and a couple months

What’s your favourite production?
Barbara and the Camp Dogs (2019). It made me laugh for an hour and then cry for forty minutes after that. I’m a sucker for a heartfelt musical about surviving and family and Barbara and the Camp Dogs was one of the best!

Tell us about your role here?
In my time as Box Office Manager I collaborated with Description Victoria to create a ‘audio map’ – a resource for blind and low vision audiences that would help them find their way to and around our venue. It was such an awesome project to work on and I can’t wait to see the finished resource

What you would say to other women looking to work in the arts or at a theatre?
Find your allies I’ve met so many amazing women who have shown me mentorship, guidance, and friendship. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. And negotiate with all the confidence of a straight cis white man! You’d be amazed where that gets you in life.

 

 

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