Artist Opportunities

Midsumma 2016


Over the last 4 years Theatre Works has helped staged 16 works during Midsumma from local, national and international artists.

We pride ourselves on presenting entertaining, provocative and original contemporary queer performances – providing a platform for both emerging and established artists. 

There are a number of different ways that we may way work with you to present your work ranging from a shared risk scenario to venue hire.  In determining the 'deal' and the level of support we can offer we consider our programming needs as well as the needs of the artists/producers. We are currently seeking proposals for projects for Midsumma 2016. Please check out our Venue information here and email Theatre Works’ Creative Producer Daniel Clarke on cp(replace+with+at+symbol) by Sunday 6 September.

"Theatre Works is a great venue to do a show with terrific staff who are supportive, professional and fun.  Our Midsumma Production of 'Here Lies Henry' benefitted from being at this venue" Alice Livingstone, Publicist 'Here Lies Henry' (Midsumma 2013)

Image: Scottee in The Worst of Scotte (Midsumma 2014)

I Heart John McEnroe by Uninvited Guests.  Photo by Lachlan Woods

Selected Works Program

Submission Deadlines: August 20 at 5:00pm

Theatre Works Selected Works program supports independent artists and companies present live performances here in St Kilda. 

We support work across a variety of genres and styles however we are most passionate about new work; this can be devised, new writing, or a new interpretation of an existing script.  We want to work with artists who are investigating form and genuinely interested in bringing new stories to the stage.  Our venue lends itself to works of scale however we’ve also presented and supported a number of solo works.  We want you to think about why the work needs to exist in our space.  We also want you to think about how the space can be used.  We like it transformed.  We like to surprise our audiences.  We want our season to be a platform for both emerging artists and more experienced artists.  We are interested in big ideas and we are interested in supporting curious artists to develop their ideas.  We want our stages to represent the rich diversity of our society. We also want urgent stories told.  We continue to be interested in the exchange between artists and audience. The work we program usually gets programmed because the artists have a compelling vision and have a really clear idea about what they are exploring and some idea of the journey that they will go on in order to make the work.  Some of our favourite works over the last few years have had a really strong aesthetic and all design elements have played a crucial part in the realisation of the work. 

We encourage visionary artists from around Australia to apply for this fantastic presentation opportunity.

The Selected Works program supports independent artists and companies to present at Theatre Works, including marketing, venue, technical, production, producing and creative support.  Previous Selected Works productions include Wael Zuaiter: Unknown (Creative Nonfiction), Memorandum (Kate Hunter),  The Motion of Light in Water( Elbow Room)  I Heart John McEnroe (Uninvited Guests) At the Sans Hotel and Hello my name is (Nicola Gunn/Sans Hotel), Delectable Shelter (THE HAYLOFT PROJECT), Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert (Present Tense), This is a Door (Pop Up Playground), night maybe (Stuck Pigs Squealing) and Summertime in the Garden of Eden (Sisters Grimm).

In 2015 The Rivers of China, Saltwater, Dracula and Ricercar are being presented as part of our Selected Works program.

“Theatre Works is the ideal place to develop big theatrical ideas. With a visionary team of staff members and a community of supporters – including the many artists who make work in the venue – being part of Selected Works was hugely important to the development and success of our work Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert and a launching pad for future incarnations of the work,” says Present Tense Artistic Directors Bryce Ives & Nathan Gilkes.

Submission Deadlines: August 20 at 5:00pm

Image: I Heart John McEnroe by Uninvited Guests.  Photo by Lachlan Woods

Selected Works 2016 application form Selected Works 2016 information pack

Directors Lab: Melbourne

October 10 - October 18 2015

Inspire. Challenge. Connect. Nurture.

Applications are now open for the inaugural Australian Directors Lab, which will take place during the Melbourne Festival in 2015.

Inspired by the Lincoln Center Theatre's Directors Lab, Theatre Works will facilitate a unique program of events for professional directors from around Australia and the world.

The 2015 Lab will focus on the different catalysts that inspire Directors to make theatre. What is the initial spark that fascinates and compels artists to create? Where do ideas come from, and which ideas warrant creative investigation? Why do we as artists and audiences gravitate to certain ones?

Over the centuries, theatre has been made from varying source materials, who owns them, and how carefully should we be treating them, or not?

How do ideas evolve from source material into fully-fledged theatrical productions? What is the role of the Director in this transition?

The Lab will run from 9am – 9pm over 8 consecutive days, and will be a combination of masterclasses, dynamic conversations, investigations, creative explorations as well as seeing and discussing works presented by the Melbourne Festival. Directors will be actively involved in the participation as well as the presentation of sessions, sharing their skills, methodologies and techniques with a community of national and international directors.

For more information about the Directors Lab, including the application form, please email directorslab(replace+with+at+symbol)

Applications close Midnight Sunday 23 August (AEST).

Photo credit: Previous Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab participant, Adena Jacobs at Belvoir.  Photo by Pia Johnson.

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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.