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About 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.

Our Culture

We champion artistic and cultural diversity and seek out alternative points of view.

Malthouse Theatre is committed to inclusivity. We collaborate with artists and arts professionals from culturally and linguistically diverse and Indigenous backgrounds. As a company, we employ pro-active measures to address inequities in representation within our industry and we fiercely believe in gender equality. We passionately and persistently advocate for, champion and influence change.

We acknowledge the Land and Songlines of the Boonwurrung within the Kulin Nation. Our vision is to be a world leader in engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by supporting their right to self-determine artistic identity. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee regularly connect with our Company to advise on protocols, artists and emerging talent, audience development and community engagement.

For audiences, find out more about accessibility of our venue here.

Our History

We are supported by a vibrant history spanning four decades. It has been 40 years since Founding Director, Carrillo Gantner, formed the Hoopla Theatre Foundation in 1976, which later became Playbox Theatre Company; 30 years since the Malthouse building was converted into an agile and contemporary theatre complex; and 12 years since Playbox was re-imagined as Malthouse Theatre by Michael Kantor in 2004.

In 1986 Carlton and United Breweries gifted the historic Malthouse building at 113 Sturt Street, Southbank to the State Government of Victoria to be developed as the new home of Playbox. Rebranded as The Coopers Malthouse in 2014, the building comprises two theatre spaces, the 500-seat Merlyn theatre and 180-seat Beckett Theatre; the Tower space; rehearsal rooms and offices; the theatre bar and café; and a bespoke workshop.

From Playbox to Malthouse Theatre our Company has consistently been a counterpoint to the mainstream. We have provided theatre-makers with the freedom to create adventurous, daring work; and to experiment and to take great artistic risks. These remain key tenets of Malthouse Theatre’s core values and mission today.

The impact of Malthouse Theatre’s 40 years on the Melbourne arts and culture community, and on our broader artistic identity, is substantial. We have created a unique, recognisable theatre making style that rebels against the traditional limitations of the discipline and resonates locally, nationally and globally.

Contact

AMANDA MACRI / General Manager(03) 9685 5150 / amacri@malthousetheatre.com.au

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Artist Development Programs

Malthouse Theatre's key initiatives

We have a range of ways for artists to create, work, partner, learn and share with Malthouse Theatre. Whether you are a director, actor, musician or part of an independent theatre company, we are a company that embraces new work and brings fresh vision to classics and rediscoveries.

IN HOUSE ARTIST RESIDENCIES / 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.

THE BESEN FAMILY ARTIST PROGRAM / Supported by the Besen Family Foundation
Besen Family Artist Program is offered as professional development for early to mid-career artists who seek experience in observing specific productions or ongoing artistic work within a mainstage theatre company.

FEMALE DIRECTOR IN RESIDENCE / Supported by Craig Reeves
Malthouse Theatre’s annual Female Director in Residence program provides intensive career development and a salary to an emerging female theatre director.

CO.LAB WRITER + DIRECTOR INITIATIVESupported by Copyright Agency Limited’s Cultural Fund
Supported by the Copyright Agency Ltd, Malthouse Theatre’s Co.Lab program enables four writer-director teams per year to collaboratively develop an idea and begin the exploration of a new work.

MALCOLM ROBERTSON WRITERS PROGRAM / Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation
Malthouse Theatre’s Malcolm Robertson Writers Program commissions two emerging artists per year to write a new Australian work for theatre.

VANGUARD
A cohort of young social entrepreneurs, arts lovers and cultural leaders aged 18 to 30, Vanguard members access a year of unforgettable experiences, gain insight into mainstage theatre, contribute to discussions about cultural leadership and build a new network of local arts lovers.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS TO JOIN US
We have a range of ways for artists to create, work, partner, learn and share with Malthouse Theatre.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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Tours and Collaborations

We are privileged to have the opportunity to encounter and investigate all kinds of new ideas and forms of expression through our international projects and collaborations with established and emerging artists from all around the world. Together, we’re sharing values, exploring new ideas and creating exciting new works on a global stage. We also remain committed to touring our work throughout Australia through regional and metropolitan festivals and partnerships.

 

Latitude: Malthouse Theatre’s International Touring Program

At the heart of Malthouse Theatre’s International Touring program, is a desire to connect with like-minded artists, companies and audiences around the world. This connection influences the quality and diversity of our artistic practice, builds an international market for Australian work and has an enormous impact on local artists. The Latitude program includes:

  • Identifying and collaborating with respected artists and companies to create new work, including inviting overseas artists to work in Melbourne;
  • Touring our work internationally;
  • Reciprocal artist exchange and residency opportunities;
  • Hosting bespoke masterclasses for visiting artists to connect with local theatre-makers.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Malthouse Theatre’s Latitude: International Touring Program is supported by Maureen Wheeler AO & Tony Wheeler AO.

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Hire a Space

Room for your creativity

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 Rowlands, Venue Manager, on

PHONE / (03) 9685 5161 or 0433 233 288
EMAIL / arowlands@malthousetheatre.com.au

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Staff & Board

Malthouse Theatre is led by co-CEOs, Artistic Director Matthew Lutton and Executive Producer Sarah Neal. The Executives are supported by the core artistic team: Mark Prichard (Resident Dramaturg), Jason Tamiru (Associate Producer), Janice Muller (Director in Residence) and Declan Greene (Resident Artist) who work together with the extended Malthouse Theatre team to curate a combination of new commissions, local collaborations and national and international co-productions. Many of these projects emerge from Malthouse Theatre’s Artist Development Programs.

BOARD MEMBERS / Michele Levine (Chair), John Daley (Deputy Chair), Debbie Dadon AM, Colin Golvan QC, Michael Kantor, Fiona McGauchie, Jan Owen AM, Sue Prestney, Pamela Rabe, Nick Schlieper, Kerri Turner, Mary Vallentine AO & Leonard Vary.

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 / Davey Simmons
COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR / Alex Sadka
PUBLICIST / TS Publicity
GRAPHIC DESIGN / Hours After

Ticketing & Box Office

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


Development

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER / TBA
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 / Mark Anderson
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 MANAGERS / Sean Ladhams & Anita Posterino


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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