Theatre Works | Australia Council Operational Funding Outcome

Theatre Works is disappointed by the recent news of cuts to arts funding in Australia and the ripple effect this will have across the entire arts industry.

Theatre Works was one of the many organisations unsuccessful in its application for operational funding from the Australia Council.. Across 2011-2015, Theatre Works received Australia Council Program Presenter funding, which directly supported artist fees.

Theatre Works will still be eligible to apply for funding from the Australia Council. Despite this, the vision to strengthen the organisation and introduce initiatives to deepen the level of support for artists, as part of this application, will need to be re-imagined.

Theatre Works has a 35 year history of supporting the development and presentation of independent theatre in Australia. The organisation has proudly presented Victorian artists as part of Melbourne International Festival and championed art-form development initiatives such as the inaugural Directors Lab: Melbourne, feeding the development of the sector as a whole.

In 2016, Theatre Works will support over 500 artists across 36 productions and art-form development initiatives, tour across five states and engage over 30,000
audience members at their St Kilda venue and beyond.

Artists speak on the impact of Theatre Works on their careers:

“I’ve been lucky enough to stage two productions, Persona in 2012, and more recently THE BACCHAE in 2015, which Theatre Works also co-commissioned. In both instances, knowing that we were presenting at Theatre Works filled me with a sense of limitless possibility. Here is a space that allows us to make creatively ambitious works of scale, and to work to the edges of our imaginations and our practise. The space has been a transformative one, housing surprising, startling and often game changing productions.” – Adena Jacobs, Director Fraught Outfit

“Over the past two and a half years I have worked on five shows which have had incredible seasons thanks to Theatre Works. From international collaborations to new Australian writing, Theatre Works has provided a space for artists to dream bigger than they ever could and resulted in a new wave of exciting Australian talent. This is my proverbial theatrical home, a place for many talented people, both onstage and off, a place to feel nurtured and supported.” – Cameron Stewart, Producer

Theatre Works acknowledges the support of it’s partners, Bridge donors and audiences for their invaluable contribution to the organisation across its 35 years. Now more than ever, Theatre Works opens its doors to independent artists and companies with incredible stories, ambition and vision, offering a place for them to be nurtured and supported, and to have a voice within the arts and cultural conversation in Australia.

To support Theatre Works visit:

Media Enquiries: TS Publicity, Mary Thompson // 9419 8837


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