The Besen Family Artist Program

Supported by the Besen Family Foundation

About the Besen Family Artist Program

The 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. Now in its 11th year, this program has cultivated a new generation of ambitious theatre-makers.

Production placements are offered to theatre-makers in specific theatre disciplines including: lighting design, set design and building, sound design and composition, costume design and wardrobe and prop realisation, directing and dramaturgy.

Recipients of placements through the Besen Family Artist Program are provided with a professional mentor within Malthouse Theatre. Depending on the discipline and opportunities available, some placements may be assigned to a particular production whilst others may be offered a more flexible ongoing placement.

What is offered:

  • A bursary of $3,000 equivalent of four weeks’ full-time employment;
  • A senior artist mentor;
  • If from a regional area or interstate, travel disbursements of up to $2,000.

Mentors will negotiate roles and responsibilities with each of their mentees. Recipients with a disability may be offered additional support to undertake the placement.

As well as production placements, the Besen Family Artist Program also offers a writers’ development program. The writers’ development stream involves a curated program for writers to workshop their written material with other collaborating artists with a focus on developing work for mainstage theatres. This program is by invitation only.

2017 Besen Family Artist Program participants

CHARLES O’GRADY / Directing Placement – The Homosexuals, Or ‘Faggots’ (Lee Lewis) 

IAN MICHAEL / Creative Producing & Theatre Making Placement: Professional Development (Toby Sullivan & Mark Pritchard) 

KATE HOOD / Directing Placement – The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man (Matthew Lutton) 

TOM BACKHAUS / Sound Design Placement – The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man (Jethro Woodward)

EMILY COLLETT / Costume Design Placement – The Black Rider: Casting of the Magic Bullets (Zoe Atkinson) 

Applications have closed for 2017. Applications will be accepted again in early 2018.

For more information, please contact Toby Sullivan, Producer on 03 9685 5165.

Besen Family Artist Program Report 2005–2015

Proudly supported by the Besen Family Foundation.