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.


Deafferent Theatre is an innovative, forward thinking, bilingual theatre company. Deafferent Theatre is rooted in both the theatre community and the Auslan community, and is committed to building connections between both communities by presenting inclusive productions and workshops. Deafferent Theatre was founded by Jessica Moody and Ilana Charnelle Gelbart. Previous productions include Black is the Colour and The Vagina Monologues (Melbourne Fringe).


Sarah Giles is a director with a Graduate Diploma in Dramatic Art (NIDA) and a Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne). Recent works include: The Popular Mechanicals (STC, STCSA), Blaque Showgirls (Malthouse Theatre), Straight White Men (MTC), O Mensch (Sydney Chamber Opera, Sydney Festival), Perplex, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Mariage Blanc (STC). Sarah was Affiliate Director in Residence at Griffin Theatre Company (2009), Richard Wherrett Fellow at STC (2011) and Co-Resident Director at STC (2013).


John Harvey is a writer, producer and director and runs independent Indigenous production company Brown Cabs. His writing debut Heart is a Wasteland (Brown Cabs) premiered as part of Malthouse Theatre’s Season 2017. He directed his debut short film in 2017 and has directed several documentaries for ABC and NITV. He produced the feature film Spear and the chapter Sand for The Turning feature film. Producing credits include the TV series The Warriors, and several Indigenous short films.


Sapidah Kian is an actor, director, theatremaker and dramaturg, working extensively across theatre, film and television. Her practice focuses on hybridity, queerness and the visibility of bodies excluded from dominant narratives.


Michele is an Asian-Australian playwright and theatre-maker working across stage and audio. She has been commissioned by Radio National, Next Wave Festival, Darwin Festival, Platform Youth Theatre, St Martins Youth Arts Centre, Arts House, Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre. Works include Going Down (Malthouse Theatre, STC), Rice (QTC, Griffin Theatre Company), Off Centre (STC) and The Naked Self (Festival of Live Art, Arts House).

Proudly supported by the Sidney Myer Fund.