Artists in 2016

16 December 2015

Malthouse Theatre is excited to announce two artists joining our team in 2016: Declan Greene as Resident Artist and Janice Muller as Director in Residence.


Janice Muller is a theatre maker with an impressive and diverse body of work and in 2016 she joins the company as resident director with an ambitious suite of ideas. She will be a member of the company’s dramaturgy and programming teams for the year, where I am sure the company will gain from her insights and thinking, and Malthouse Theatre will provide Janice with opportunities to observe the machinations of the entire organisation, direct the 2016 Suitcase Series production, and develop her own projects. 
– Matthew Lutton, Artistic Director and co-CEO, Malthouse Theatre.


Malthouse Theatre’s annual Female Director in Residence position provides intensive career development and a salary to an emerging female theatre director. The only program of its kind in Australia, the principal objective is to embed the director within Malthouse Theatre structure and culture of creativity while providing a practice-based professional development opportunity.

The program aims to offer a deeply engaged professional development opportunity that provides for genuine career progression towards professional theatre practice. In 2016, the Female Director in Residence is generously supported by Craigmel Investments.


As part of Malthouse Theatre’s core creative team, the Director in Residence contributes to the company’s on-going artistic conversations about programming, development and artistic consultation.

Over a ten month period, the Director in Residence is immersed in the day-to-day activities of the company, receives mentoring and support to develop their own projects, as well as directing the Malthouse Theatre Education Program production for 2016.

The responsibilities of the role sit across three areas: Directing and new work development; artistic programming and company activity; and industry and audience engagement. The Director in Residence will:

  • Direct The Suitcase Series Education program production
  • Participation in day-to-day company activity
  • Contribution to planning, programming and dramaturgy
  • Professional skills development in managing new creative projects
  • Provision of a final residency report


Janice Muller's recent projects include The Tribe for Bankstown LIVE Urban Theatre Projects, 2015 Sydney Festival, co-adapted with Mohammed Ahmed from his book of the same name. Belvoir will re-mount the show in Surry Hills backyards as part of their 2016 season.

Previous credits include: dramaturg Mantle, My Darling Patricia (Campbelltown Arts); dramaturg The Piper, My Darling PatriciaCarriageworks, 2014 Sydney Festival (Winner Best Production for Children Sydney Theatre Awards) and Edinburgh Fringe; Project initiator and curator of a theatrical walking tour: Quay to the City for atyp; curator White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour, Malthouse Theatre; director If The Truth Be Told by Margaret Hickey, Milawa (2013); director A Woman in Berlin, (co-adapted with Meredith Penman) Old Fitzroy Theatre (2009), Malthouse Theatre (2010) and ABC RN Airplay (winner, New York Festival's Radio Awards 2012); director site-specific project for X-Wohnungen Suburbs, HAU Theater Berlin (2005); The Country by Martin Crimp, B Sharp Belvoir (2003); Crave by Sarah Kane, B Sharp Belvoir and The Storeroom Melbourne (2001).

She has worked as an assistant director to Leticia Caceres, John Bell, Simon Phillips and Chris Kohn.

Janice participated in the MTC’s inaugural Women Directors Program in 2014. She received the inaugural Playwriting Australia Dramaturgy Fellowship in 2006, the VCA's Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship in 2003 which took her to Germany, Spain, Switzerland and India and, in 2001, was invited to participate in the Royal Court's international residency program. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of New South Wales and AFTRS Radio school.

In 2016, Janice will direct the premiere of Lake Disappointment, a new Australian play written by Luke Mullins and Lachlan Philpott for Carriageworks.


Declan Greene is an artist of great insight and wild imagination. He has already collaborated at Malthouse Theatre as a writer, director and dramaturge (he’s a triple threat) on productions such as Moth, Pompeii, LA, I Am a Miracle, and Calpurnia Descending, and in his new role as resident artist he will continue collaborating with the company in all three of these roles whilst also joining the Malthouse Theatre programming team.
– Matthew Lutton, Artistic Director and co-CEO, Malthouse Theatre.


The Resident Artist supports the core artistic goals of Malthouse Theatre, working across a broad range of programs, including mainstage productions, development initiatives, public events and associated activities. As a core member of the Artistic Team, the Resident Artist works closely with the Executive on programming, planning and delivery of Malthouse Theatre’s artistic program.

The principle objective of this position is to embed the Resident Artist within Malthouse Theatre structure and thereby enhance Malthouse Theatre’s culture of creativity while providing a broad-based professional development opportunity.

The Resident Artist will drive development and/or production of a new work, assist with artistic programming and provide dramaturgical support and assist with industry engagement.


Declan Greene is a theatre-maker based in Melbourne. As a writer, his plays include Moth, Pompeii, L.A., Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography and I Am a Miracle, and have been produced at the Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Bush Theatre (London), and Studio Theatre (Washington, DC). As a playwright, awards include the Malcolm Robertson Prize, the Max Afford Playwright’s Award, the AWGIE for Theatre for Young Audiences, and the Green Room Award for Best Original Writing. Current commissions include Melbourne Theatre Company and Griffin Theatre.

Declan co-runs independent theatre company Sisters Grimm with Ash Flanders, and has directed and co-created all their shows to date, including The Sovereign Wife (MTC Neon), Little Mercy (Sydney Theatre Company), Summertime in the Garden of Eden (Theatreworks/Griffin Independent), Calpurnia Descending (Malthouse Theatre/Sydney Theatre Company), as well as numerous shows in non-traditional spaces. In 2016, they will debut Lilith: The Jungle Girl at Melbourne Theatre Company.

Also in 2016, Declan will co-create and direct Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark with The Listies (Sydney Theatre Company), direct and dramaturg Zoey Dawson's Conviction (Darebin Arts Speakeasy), and dramaturg Nakkiah Lui's Blaque Showgirls (Malthouse Theatre).