Malthouse Development Programs

13 December 2016

Malthouse Development Programs

While our mainstage program may be wrapping up for the year, Malthouse Theatre’s development programs are in full swing, with an exciting mix of established and emerging artists collaborating with us in the building.

Theatre thrives on collaborative practice, so our artistic programs are founded on open conversation, exchange and finding new ways to bring new voices onto the mainstage.

Co.Lab Writer Director Initiative

Top row: Angus Cerini, Leticia Caceres, Future D Fidel, Chris Kohn
Bottom row: Michele Lee, Ming-Zhu Hii, Justin Hamilton, Paul Horan

This program invests in artistic collaborators at the genesis of an idea, giving them the time and space to initiate a new conversation. It’s also an opportunity to connect with the company about how work is developed and programmed at Malthouse Theatre.

Artists applied to the program as a writer-director team, with both new and existing collaborations encouraged. Over an intensive week, these pairings road-tested new partnerships and new ideas, giving participants the space to follow these conversations through and develop a treatment for a new work.

The 2016 CoLab participants are: Angus Cerini and Leticia Caceres, Future D Fidel and Chris Kohn, Michele Lee and Ming-Zhu Hii, Justin Hamilton and Paul Horan.

Malthouse Theatre is grateful to the Copyright Agency Limited’s Cultural Fund for making the Co.Lab Writer Director Initiative possible.

Besen Family Artist Program

Top row: Tariro Mavondo, Katy Warner, Maurial Spearim
Bottom row: Jake Stewart, Fury X, Jane E Thompson

Malthouse Theatre has been working with a brilliant group of emerging writers through the Besen Family Artist Program. The writers group meets every week to talk about the craft of writing for the mainstage, read plays, and share their experiences, ideas and creative work with each other.

This year the writers are: Tariro Mavondo, Katy Warner, Maurial Spearim, Jake Stewart, Fury X and Jane E Thompson.

We acknowledge the contribution from the Besen Family Foundation for the ongoing support of the Besen Family Artist Program, which has now been running since 2005, supporting over 100 artists in a variety of different disciplines.