Besen Family Artist Program

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Are you an early to mid-career artist seeking career growth through observation of theatre-making, participation in ongoing artistic work, mentorship and support within a mainstage theatre company?  

The Besen Family Artist Program offers four placements per year for artists to experience professional development at Malthouse Theatre. Established in 2004, this program has cultivated a new generation of ambitious theatre-makers.  

Annually, four placements are offered across the following disciplines:  

  • Sound Design and Composition
  • Set and Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Directing
  • Dramaturgy
  • Producing 

Recipients of a Besen Family Artist Program placement are offered opportunities to work across multiple projects, a broad experience of the company’s operations, and connections with a range of practitioners, all under the guidance of a dedicated mentor.  

Additionally, a bespoke program of workshops is programmed, tailored to the cohort, to assist in your professional development goals, and a series of conversations with members of our team to share insight into the operations of a professional theatre company. 


Applications for the 2022 Besen Family Artist Program are now closed. Sign up to our eNews to be the first to hear about our latest opportunities.



The Besen Family Artist Program is proudly supported by the Besen Family Foundation and Debbie Dadon AM.