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ENCOUNTER(S) is a three-year Theatre Works project that will commission and present one-on-one and small-scale intimate performances at various locations throughout St Kilda. In 2012 some of Australia’s most adventurous performance makers will undertake creative development residencies as they explore more profoundly the relationship between audience and artist through the development of new work in surprising and unusual locations.
During two weeks in December commissioned artists will be given the opportunity to share their creative developments and Theatre Works will program a series of workshops and discussions focusing on small-scale, intimate and site-sympathetic performance.
In future years ENCOUNTER(S) will develop to become a full scale festival of intimate performance presenting a program of events which celebrate immersive, experimental and participatory artistic experiences.
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Theatre Works Selected Works program supports independent artists and companies present live performances across a variety of genres.
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 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) and This is a Door (Pop Up Playground).
“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.
Applications will close on July 1 at 5:00pmSelected Works 2014 information pack Application form
Carolyn Lee "CAZ" HOWARD
1952 – 1990
In 2010 Theatre Works established a new award in partnership with the Melbourne Fringe Festival to further our charter as a national hub for independent theatre. Theatre Works has decided to rename the award for 2011 and the future. It will now be known as
Best Original Australian Work – in memoriam of Caz Howard and supported by Theatre Works
This title is in memory of. Carolyn Lee "CAZ" HOWARD 1952 – 1990
Caz was born in Brisbane. She studied Economics at the Queensland of University but soon abandoned banking and computers for the uncertain, wandering and frequently impoverished life of an actor and theatre maker. Her early experience included touring school shows for the Queensland Theatre Company where a manager did a runner with the box office and the car. In 1974 she starred in the Sunshine State's first colour feature, Surrender in Paradise directed by Peter Cox, before moving to Melbourne with the poet Eric Beach. She worked occasionally on the fringes of the Pram Factory, joining Soapbox Circus for their East Timor show, then formally trained as an actor at the Victorian College of the Arts where she graduated in 1980 with the founding members of Theatre Works.
Caz was a vital force, steering Theatre Works through its first 10 years as one of Victoria's leading 'Next Wave' community theatre companies. Apart from her considerable performing skills Caz provided the robust accounting and managerial oomph that kept Theatre Works afloat in an often difficult funding environment. She performed in and helped develop and produce all of Theatre Works' original and innovative 'location plays’ throughout the 1980s, including Storming Mont Albert/St Kilda by Tram, Breaking Up in Balwyn, and Living Rooms, written in collaboration with her partner Paul Davies. With Paul and Pat Laughren, Caz co-produced and co-directed the experimental feature Exits (1980). She was part of the original cast of Hannie Rayson’s Room to Move and with Paul, Peter Sommerfeld and Susie Fraser developed one of Theatre Works’ most successful plays, Herstory (1983); its revival as Hairpin Bends in 1989 marked her last appearance at the theatre. Caz also acted for the Playbox Theatre company and in numerous short experimental films made in Melbourne in the 1980s, her film credits include Cathy Mueller’s award winning short film Everyday Everynight, and the central role in a number of John Hughes’ 'speculative documentaries’, including Traps and All That Is Solid. After a final, eighteen month battle against cancer, Caz passed away at her home in Byron Bay on the 14th May 1990.
By dedicating its Melbourne Fringe Award to Caz Howard, Theatre Works honours and remembers a woman of remarkable artistry and courage. Caz made a huge contribution to the development of Melbourne’s independent theatre and other art forms. Theatre Works is delighted to offer a place in its Selected Works program to the new generation of performance makers and welcomes the successful recipients to the theatre she helped create. The 2010 Award was won by Mutation Theatre for their body of work in the 2010 Melbourne Fringe resulting in the 2011 remount of their highly acclaimed these are the isolate.
The award enables the recipient to use the Theatre Works space free of charge for a remount of their successful Fringe production. Other use of the space is by negotiation. The winners receive access to 20 hours of technical support, production advice, front of house services, booking facilities and inclusion in all Theatre Works brochure and website information as well as the services of a professional publicist.
THE CAZ HOWARD AWARD supports innovative and original Australian theatre work that celebrates and disturbs Australian Culture.