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Company

Malthouse Theatre // What Happens Next 

Malthouse Theatre collaborates with local and international artists to create inventive performances that cut to the core of the human experience. Our work explores the world, personally, socially and politically to 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 Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri 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 by Carlton & United Breweries to Playbox Theatre in 1988. Converted into an agile and contemporary theatre complex, our (Malt)house comprises a world-renowned 500-seat Merlyn theatre, the recently refurbished 180-seat Beckett Theatre, the Tower and our bespoke workshop.

Renamed The Coopers Malthouse in 2014, our building also accommodates rehearsal rooms and meeting spaces. 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, Andrew Myer AM, Jan Owen AM, Sue Prestney, Pamela Rabe, Nick Schlieper & Mary Vallentine AO.

Artistic & Programming

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CO-CEO / Matthew Lutton
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & CO-CEO / Sarah Neal
NEW WORK MANAGER / Mark Pritchard
DIRECTOR IN RESIDENCE / Ming-Zhu Hii
RESIDENT ARTIST / Declan Greene
STRATEGY MANAGER / Toby Sullivan
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER / Jason Tamiru
COMPANY MANAGER / Marline Zaibak

Finance & Administration

FINANCE MANAGER / Ness Harwood 
FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR / Liz White
COMPANY PRODUCER / Annie Bourke


Marketing & Communications

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER /
Caraline Douglas
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR / 
Jacqui Bathman
DIGITAL CONTENT PRODUCER / David Harrison
PUBLICIST / TS Publicity
GRAPHIC DESIGN / Hours After


Ticketing & Box Office

CRM & TICKETING MANAGER / Prue Sutherland
BOX OFFICE MANAGER / Allie Stapleton

Development

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER / Fiona Kelly
PHILANTHROPY COORDINATOR / Belinda Locke
SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR / Julian Dibley-Hall


Production

PRODUCTION MANAGER / David Miller
TECHNICAL MANAGER / Baird McKenna
OPERATIONS MANAGER / Dexter Varley
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR / Tia Clark
HEAD TECHNICIAN (LIGHTING) / Rob Ballingall
VENUE HEAD MECHANIST / Ivan Smith
VENUE TECHNICIAN / Brendan Jellie
HEAD OF WARDROBE / Delia Spicer
WARDROBE ASSISTANT / Rebecca Dunn
WORKSHOP MANAGER / Goffredo Mameli
HEAD CARPENTER / David Craig
WORKSHOP ASSISTANTS / Elizabeth Whitton, Mitch O'Sullivan
SCENIC ARTIST / Patrick Jones

Venue Management

VENUE MANAGER / John Byrne 
EVENTS MANAGER / Anita Posterino
FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER / Lara Kerestes

Malthouse Theatre ABN: 58 006 885 463

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For Artists

Besen Family Artist Program

For 14 years, the Besen Family Foundation has supported professional development for early to mid-career individuals through an acclaimed Artist Program. The program cultivates the next generation of ambitious theatre-makers by allowing them to gain experience and ongoing artistic work within a mainstage theatre company.

Female Director In Residence

Generously supported by Craig Reeves, Malthouse Theatre’s Director in Residence program provides intensive career development and a salary to a female theatre director. In 2018/19, Ming-Zhu Hii—our eighth Director in Residence—will continue her residency with Malthouse Theatre.

Previous alumnae include Sapidah Kian, Janice Muller, Samara Hersch, Clare Watson, Roslyn Oades, Adena Jacobs and Anne-Louise Sarks. 

Vanguard

Representing the future of Malthouse Theatre, Vanguard is a cohort of highly engaged and culturally curious agents of change who are welcomed into the company as new ambassadors. Vanguard is co-led by Malthouse Theatre’s General Manager and Board member Jan Owen (CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians). The Vanguard program is made possible by the generous support of Debbie Dadon AM.

The Malcolm Robertson Writers Program

The Malcolm Robertson Foundation supports the development and presentation of original Australian works by way of a Writers Program. Since 2004, the program has commissioned two emerging artists per year to write a new Australian work for Malthouse Theatre.

Living Now

In 2019, Malthouse Theatre and Footscray Community Arts Centre continue their partnership through the LIVING NOW program. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. This program supports visionary storytellers to bring contemporary stories to the stage. Now in its second year, the program provides a residency and development opportunity for two writers from culturally diverse backgrounds with an interest in theatre.

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.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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Current Opportunities

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER 

Malthouse Theatre are seeking a passionate and creative leader to lead the Marketing and Communications department into 2020 (and beyond)!

We are looking for an experienced and adaptable Marketing guru who understands the power of theatre as a vehicle for social and political change. Someone who has an appetite for taking risks, is comfortable and marketing a full season of unique and boundary pushing productions and is excited by the prospect of growing our audience base through unexpected and non-traditional marketing channels and activations.

The Marketing & Communications Manager provides high level leadership in the development, management and operation of innovative marketing and communications strategies in line with Malthouse Theatre’s artistic and financial goals. As a senior leader within the company, the Marketing & Communications Manager contributes to the development and realisation of all creative marketing campaigns and assets, business planning and KPIs relating to audience development, access and key income targets.

Marketing managers with experience across both traditional and digital spaces are preferred with a key focus on content creation aimed at the acquisition and retention of new and non-traditional theatre-going audiences.

At Malthouse Theatre we’re not afraid of bold risks both on and off the stage and if that sounds like an environment you’d like to participate in, then we’d love to meet you. 

To apply

As part of your application, we ask that you please provide the following (no more than 4 pages in total):

  • Your Curriculum Vitae, and
  • A cover letter addressing the key responsibilities outlined in the position description

Applications should be sent to careers@malthousetheatre.com.au and must be received by 9am on Monday 25th November 2019.

For more information, contact
Annie Bourke, Company Producer 
abourke@malthousetheatre.com.au 
P 03 9685 5150

DIGITAL CONTENT PRODUCER

Does creating Innovative and professional digital content get your blood pumping? Are you passionate about theatre as a vehicle for social and political change? Does the idea of seeking out new audiences through unconventional and on-trend social and digital channels excite you? Read on! Malthouse Theatre’s Digital Content Producer is responsible for the development and delivery of Malthouse Theatre’s digital strategy across a range of platforms in line with contemporary marketing practices. Focussing on content production, with User Experience and new audience growth at the core of this role you’ll be in charge of creating unique social and digital campaigns for our audience that extends their experience beyond what they see on our stages. Think 10 wildly different and dynamic campaigns, that support 10 bold and risk-taking productions. You’ll need to be adaptable, excited by the idea of collaborating with key artists and creatives and have an in depth knowledge of the social and digital landscape. This position plays an integral role in the Company and will be responsible for the development and implementation of innovative digital content strategies in line with the Malthouse Theatre’s ongoing strategic goals of audience and revenue growth. The Digital Content Producer will be expected to work collaboratively with the Marketing and Artistic teams, provide monthly reports to the Marketing & Communications Manager and will maintain a high level of internal and external communications.

Key Selection Criteria

  • A demonstrable capacity to lead and drive digital audience growth across a range of platforms.
  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in developing and implementing digital strategic marketing and audience development strategies.
  • Demonstrated evidence of creating and managing innovative social media and digital campaigns.
  • Proficient in the use of ticketing and CRM platforms; Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator; and Google Analytics.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage demanding workloads and competing priorities with a high level of motivation, initiative and commitment to achieving targets.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, an analytical reporting capacity and an ability to work collaboratively with peers.
  • A passion and demonstrated understanding of the arts and cultural sector.

To apply

We ask that you please provide the following (no more than 4 pages in total):

  • Your Curriculum Vitae,
  • A cover letter addressing the key selection criteria, and
  • Link to online portfolio or example of previous work.

Applications should be sent to careers@malthousetheatre.com.au and must be received by 5pm on Friday 29th November 2019.

For more information, contact 
Annie Bourke, Company Producer  
abourke@malthousetheatre.com.au  
P 03 9685 5150

Malthouse Theatre is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) in both its employment practices and the general working environment it provides to its employees.

People from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CALD backgrounds and people with disabilities.

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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:

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