About Theatre Works

CEO/Creative Producer

Theatre Works is looking to recruit a CEO/Creative Producer. This leadership role is a remarkable opportunity for a creative leader with significant producing and programming experience to lead one of Melbourne’s premiere
independent theatre organisations.

The CEO/Creative Producer is the public face of the company, and has overall responsibility for the development and delivery of the company’s artistic vision and is accountable to the Board for the financial and business management of the company.

If you meet the following selection criteria and want the opportunity to lead Theatre Works into its next stage of development then we'd love to hear from you.

This a full time position for a three year term.

Selection Criteria


  • Minimum of five years industry experience and two years in an equivalent position.
  • Evidence of successful artistic program development and delivery in independent theatre, contemporary performance, arts festival or other relevant industry sector(s).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the independent theatre sector in Melbourne and Australia.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with current developments in contemporary performance in Australia and internationally.
  • Strong local, national and international networks.
  • Evidence of successful development and management of relationships with key stakeholders, sponsors and funding partners.
  • Demonstrated capacity in:
    strategic planning,
    financial management,
    ability to work collaboratively in a team, and
    compliance management.


  • Demonstrated dramaturgical/outside eye experience on productions.
  • Experience in leading a venue based organization.
  • Experience in implementing policies to maximise organisational and programming, diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience in reporting to a committee of management or board of directors or similar.
  • Appropriate graduate or postgraduate qualification.

Please visit this link to obtain information pack and application form. 

Applications close November 29 at 5:00pm.


What is Theatre Works

Theatre Works has a fantastic program of live performance in 2015. Check out our What's On page for details... 

Theatre Works aims to:

  •  Support artists at all stages of artistic exploration, from initial idea through to realisation
  •  Work in partnership with venues, festivals and producers to present the best local, national and international small to medium scale performances
  •  Develop deep and sustained relationships with artists who are bringing new stories to the stage and rigorously investigating form
  • Develop innovative and varied ways in which audiences can engage with performance and performance making processes

Theatre Works is a venue focused on providing a flexible, friendly, technically equipped, well-maintained and financially viable theatre space supportive of emerging and established artists and artistic innovation.

Theatre Works Board

Maryanne Lynch (Acting Chair) Performance-maker/Writer/ Director/Producer/Dramaturg
Maryanne works across art forms and has won several awards for her work, including two AWGIES (writing) and an Eat Carpet prize (writing/direction). Her work is categorised by diverse community engagement and a dialogue between art disciplines.
Most recently, Maryanne has worked as a producer for ABC-Radio National. At present she is developing a hybrid series for RN called Hidden Histories. Previously, Maryanne was Dramaturge in Residence at Malthouse Theatre (2004-11) under the artistic directorship of Michael Kantor.
Maryanne has worked with many companies including Ausdance, Backbone Youth Arts, BalletLab, Bell Shakespeare Company, Brisbane Festival, Contact Inc, Digitarts, Ethnic Communities Council of Qld, Flemington Theatre Group, Kage Physical Theatre, Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Theatre, Lucy Guerin Inc, Next Wave, Older Women’s Theatre Network, Outer Urban Projects, PlayWriting Australia, Rawcus and Vulcana Women’s Circus. She has collaborated with many independent artists in a range of artistic models, including Bagryana Popov, Christine Johnstone, Zulya Kanalova, Lisa O’Neill, John Rodgers, Vanessa Tomlinson and Irine Vela.
Maryanne has an MA in Philosophy from Monash/Melbourne and a BA (Hons) in History and Politics from the University of Melbourne. She also has a Certificates in Educational Support—Integration Aide and Sound Production. She is currently developing a musically based project around the idea of the ‘lost souls’ of the City of Port Phillip, which encompasses St Kilda and surrounding suburbs.

Bruce Hardy  (Deputy Chair) Legal Specialist
Bruce Hardy is a passionate advocate and theatre maker, dividing his time between his roles as Legal Counsel in Telstra’s global intellectual property team, and as Artistic Director of BottledSnail Productions – the production company for Melbourne’s legal industry.  Bruce brings a broad range of production and legal experience to the Board.
In his role as Artistic Director of BottledSnail, Bruce has operational responsibility for creative programming and development and in 2015 will oversee a program turnover in excess of $150,000 made up of live performance, development and education programs to be run across Melbourne’s legal industry.
In a commercial context, Bruce specialises in intellectual property law with a background in high profile technology and pharmaceutical litigation.  Bruce is also the former Associate to the Honourable Justice Neave AO, serving in the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria.  In a pro bono context, Bruce currently volunteers for the National Childrens' and Youth Law Centre, advising on a broad range of criminal, educational and compliance matters.

Andrew Hooper (Treasurer)

Mikkel Munster Production Manager

Rosalind Willett Marketing Specialist
Rosalind Willett, B Ed Media/Drama. Ros is Managing Partner of Willett Marketing. She has accumulated extensive marketing and management experience working in both corporate and government sectors. Ros’s skill set extends to partnership and event management, digital communications and education campaigns. Prior to joining Willett, Ros taught in an alternative setting school in St Kilda.
Ros is on the board of not for profit, Western Chances where she holds the positions of  Deputy Chair and Chair Marketing and Development Sub Committee. She is a passionate supporter of the arts and as arts practitioner, has produced both theatre and film projects including The Falls Creek Film Festival.

Tom Buchan Business Management
Tom Buchan, founder and director Buchan Consulting. Tom Buchan is the founder and executive chairman of Buchan Consulting, one of Australia’s largest corporate communication agencies. He is also on the APAC board of Waggener Edstrom, Buchan’s global business partner.
For over 30 years he has been adviser to chief executives and boards on business strategy, policy, and public affairs covering a diverse range of industries. Prior to founding Buchan In 1985, Tom’s career included advisory positions in federal/state governments, and as an economist with a national ‘think tank’.
At the community level Tom has been extensively involved in positions of chairman, director, adviser and mentor in a number of not-for-profit orgs and ‘local’ initiatives. Tom recently joined Theatre Works board in (October) 2015.

Meg Upton (Currently on leave) Education

Community Connect

The generous support of Gandel Philanthropy enabled Theatre Works to establish the Community Connect program in July 2014.
The program has removed financial and social barriers for community members who live with an experience of marginalisation to attend Theatre Works’ productions. We have engaged with hundreds of community members who have been able to see our shows at no cost.

Supported through the City of Port Phillip we have worked with wide ranging organisations to offer tickets to current holders of a Health Care Card, Veteran Affairs or Pensioner Cards.

Community Connect participants and their companions have been exposed to a diversity of live performance genres and stories and the feedback from participants has been really encouraging.

Vedran Drakulic, Chief Executive Officer of Gandel Philanthropy, says

“We are keen to support direct, grassroots programs that provide opportunities for people from all walks of life to witness and appreciate art. Trustees also appreciated the push by Theatre Works to connect strongly with the local community and local organisations”

For further information on the program and how to participate please contact gm(replace+with+at+symbol)theatreworks.org.au

Theatre Works Box Office / Bar & Café

The Theatre Works Box Office, Bar and cafe is opened 45 minutes prior to the scheduled show start time. Come in, collect your tickets, have a drink and check out what's playing at Theatre Works, sit and savour a coffee or have a chat to our friendly Front of House staff and book a ticket for your next night out!

On the corner of Acland Street and St. Leonards Avenue. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Phone bookings can still be made on 03 9534 3388 Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

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Theatre Works respectfully acknowledges the Yalukit Willam Clan of the Boon Wurrung who are the traditional custodians of this land. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past and present. We acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationship to this land and extend that respect to other Indigenous Australians who join us at Theatre Works.