About Us

Company

Malthouse Theatre // What Happens Next 

At Malthouse Theatre we collaborate with local and international artists to create inventive performances that cut to the core of the human experience. Theatre has the power to interrogate, disrupt and to be an agent of change—and we think it always should. At Malthouse Theatre the work we produce explores the world personally, socially and politically. Based in a dedicated venue, The Coopers Malthouse in Melbourne, we are a home for live experiences that entertain and provoke a dialogue with and within audiences.

Welcome to Malthouse Theatre.

History 

For over 40 years, we have fanned the flames of Melbourne’s radical culture, exerting significant influence on our city’s artistic community. In 1976, Carrillo Gantner, Graeme Blundell and Garrie Hutchinson formed the Hoopla Theatre Foundation, which transitioned into the Playbox Theatre Company in 1980. In 2004, Michael Kantor reimagined Playbox as Malthouse Theatre, named after the iconic venue that has been the company's home since 1990.

No matter the name, we've consistently served as a counterpoint to the mainstream. To this day, our distinctive style resonates locally, nationally and globally.

Culture

We champion artistic and cultural diversity and seek out alternative points of view. Committed to inclusivity, Malthouse Theatre invites collaboration without bias. We actively address inequities in representation. We believe fiercely in gender equality. We champion positive change and passionately influence its enactment.

We acknowledge the Land and Songlines of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation. We support the right of a Treaty for all First Nations peoples of Victoria and Australia. We engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, supporting their right to self-determine artistic identity while promoting artists and emerging talent, audience development and community engagement.

Venue

The Coopers Malthouse in Melbourne is our dedicated venue: a home for innovation and live experiences that provoke and entertain. A historic beer-making malthouse built in 1892, the building at 113 Sturt Street, Southbank was gifted to the Victorian State Government in 1986. Converted into an agile and contemporary theatre complex, it comprises our  world renowned 500-seat Merlyn theatre, the newly refurbished 180-seat Beckett Theatre and the Tower. 

Renamed The Coopers Malthouse in 2014, our building also accommodates rehearsal rooms, a bespoke workshop and offices. And of course, there is the Box Office, the Coopers Malthouse Bar and the Café to make your experience at Malthouse Theatre a memorable night out.

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Staff & Board

BOARD OF DIRECTORS / Fiona McGauchie (Chair), Michael Kantor (Deputy Chair), Debbie Dadon AM, Colin Golvan QC, Jan Owen AM, Sue Prestney, Pamela Rabe, Nick Schlieper, Kerri Turner & Mary Vallentine AO.

Artistic & Programming

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CO-CEO / Matthew Lutton
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & CO-CEO / Sarah Neal
RESIDENT DRAMATURG / Mark Pritchard
DIRECTOR IN RESIDENCE / Sapidah Kian
RESIDENT ARTIST / Declan Greene
RESIDENT DESIGNER / Marg Horwell
PRODUCER / Toby Sullivan
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER / Jason Tamiru
COMPANY MANAGER / Alice Muhling


Finance & Administration

FINANCE MANAGER / Mario Agostinoni
FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR / Liz White
GENERAL MANAGER / Amanda Macri 


Marketing & Communications

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER /
Caraline Douglas
DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR / Alexia Jordan
COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR / Alex Sadka
MARKETING ASSISTANT / Jacqui Bathman
PUBLICIST / TS Publicity
GRAPHIC DESIGN / Hours After

Ticketing & Box Office

CRM & TICKETING MANAGER / Prue Sutherland
BOX OFFICE MANAGER / Dan Allemann

Development

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER / Fiona Kelly
PHILANTHROPY COORDINATOR / Belinda Locke
SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR / Olivia Satchell

Production

PRODUCTION MANAGER / David Miller
WORKSHOP MANAGER / Goffredo Mameli
TECHNICAL MANAGER / Baird McKenna
OPERATIONS MANAGER / Dexter Varley
HEAD TECHNICIAN (LIGHTING) / Rob Ballingall
HEAD CARPENTER / David Craig
VENUE HEAD MECHANIST / Ivan Smith
HEAD OF WARDROBE / Delia Spicer
THEATRE TECHNICIAN / Nathanael Bristow
WORKSHOP ASSISTANT / Elizabeth Whitton


Education

YOUTH & EDUCATION MANAGER / Vanessa O’Neill

Venue Management

VENUE MANAGER / Aaron Rowlands
FRONT OF HOUSE & EVENTS MANAGER / Anita Posterino
FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER / Leah Milburn-Clark


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee 

Uncle Jack Charles, Richard Frankland, Tony Briggs, Lisa Maza, Pauline Wyman, Melodie Reynolds-Diarra & Jason Tamiru

Malthouse Theatre
ABN: 58 006 885 463

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For Artists

In House

Supported by the Sidney Myer Fund, In House supports independent artist residencies in Malthouse Theatre’s Tower, providing time and space for dedicated creative development.

Besen Family Artist Program

Supported by the Besen Family Foundation, this program offers professional development to artists seeking experience within a mainstage theatre company. Now in its 13th year, the Besen Family Artist Program has already cultivated a generation of ambitious theatre-makers and promises to extend that legacy in years to come.

Female Director In Residence

The Female Director in Residence program provides intensive career development to an emerging theatre director by way of artistic and financial support. 

Previous alumnae include Sapidah Kian, Janice Muller, Samara Hersch, Clare Watson, Roslyn Oades, Adena Jacobs and Anne-Louise Sarks. Generously supported by Craig Reeves, the eighth Female Director in Residence will join us in 2018.

Other Opportunities

We are interested in all artists who are interested in us, and are always eager to engage the rich contemporary performance scene beyond the confines of our building.

CO.LAB Writer + Director Program

Supported by the Copyright Agency Ltd. Malthouse Theatre’s Co.Lab program invites writer/director teams to collaboratively develop ideas, explore potential and test new works.

The Malcolm Robertson Writers Program

Each year, two emerging artists receive a Malthouse Theatre commission to write new Australian works for the stage. The Malcolm Robertson Foundation has supported the development and presentation of original Australian works at Malthouse Theatre since 2004.

Living Now

Malthouse Theatre partners with Footscray Community Arts Centre in 2018 to support writers from diverse backgrounds through residences, commission and development of new work for the mainstage. Living Now is supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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Join Us

Vanguard

Vanguard invites individuals aged 18 to 30 to connect with our theatre as a space for artistic, social and political discussion.  Members receive tickets to designated preview performances throughout Season 2018 and attend pre- and post-show conversations and events including opportunities to connect with Malthouse Theatre Executive, Board and artists.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 ARE NOW OPEN

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Venue Hire

The Coopers Malthouse—home of Malthouse Theatre—houses three theatres, rehearsal studios, meeting rooms, a bar and a café, all in the heart of Southbank.

The Coopers Malthouse is also used as an exciting alternative to more conventional conference facilities and reception centres, hosting conferences, events, product launches, and AGMs for a range of clients.

For venue booking enquiries please contact Aaron Rowllands, Venue Manager

PHONE / (03) 9685 5161
EMAIL / events@malthousetheatre.com.au