Opportunities for Artists
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS
SUPPORTED BY THE BESEN FAMILY FOUNDATION
ABOUT THE BESEN FAMILY ARTIST PROGRAM
The Besen Family Artist Program is offered as professional development for early to mid-career artists who seek experience in observing specific productions or ongoing artistic work within a mainstage theatre company. Now in its 14th year, this program has cultivated a new generation of ambitious theatre-makers.
Production placements are offered to theatre-makers in specific theatre disciplines including: lighting design, set design and building, sound design and composition, costume design and wardrobe and prop realisation, directing and dramaturgy.
Recipients of placements through the Besen Family Artist Program are provided with a professional mentor within Malthouse Theatre. Depending on the discipline and opportunities available, some placements may be assigned to a particular production whilst others may be offered a more flexible ongoing placement.
What is offered:
- A bursary of $4,000 equivalent of four weeks’ full-time employment;
- A senior artist mentor
Mentors will negotiate roles and responsibilities with each of their mentees. Recipients with a disability may be offered additional support to undertake the placement.
As well as production placements, the Besen Family Artist Program also offers a writers’ development program. The writers’ development stream involves a curated program for writers to workshop their written material with other collaborating artists with a focus on developing work for mainstage theatres. This program is by invitation only.
**APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 HAVE NOW CLOSED.**
BESEN FAMILY ARTIST PROGRAM REPORT 2005–2015
SUPPORTED BY CRAIG REEVES
Our annual Female Director in Residence position provides intensive career development, personal mentoring and a salary to an emerging female theatre director. The only program of its kind in Australia, the program offers a deeply engaged professional development opportunity.
In the eighth year of the program, Ming-Zhu Hii has been appointed the Director in Residence for 2018/19.
FEMALE DIRECTOR IN RESIDENCE 2018/19– MING-ZHU HII
Ming-Zhu Hii is a director, writer and actor with an interest in the intersections of multiple forms, and the expanded possibilities this lends to narratives and audiences. Her body of work spans theatre, film, video art and installation. Recent work includes short films “Intrusion” (2018) and “Close Observations of a Single Subject” (2016) and photographic installation “Dead Drop” (2017). Past live works include Attract/Repel (The Store Room, 2009), Until Then, Then (La Mama, 2013), This Is Beautiful, (Malthouse Helium, 2013) Y. (Next Wave, 2006), and installed domestic performance work, Two (2006).
As an actor, Ming-Zhu has performed with Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, State Theatre Company South Australia, Adelaide Festival, and Melbourne Festival. She also appears in feature films, Peter Rabbit, Upgrade and That’s Not Me; and her latest TV credits include Get Krack!n, The Ex-PM, Sisters and Newton’s Law.
Ming-Zhu has written and spoken on increased representation of women and culturally diverse artists in the mainstream theatre, film and television industries. She has in the past sat on both the Independent Theatre and Hybrid & Alternative Performance (now Contemporary & Experimental Performance) Green Room Award panels, and was a founding member of the Australian Women Director’s Alliance. She is a current member of the MEAA Equity Diversity Committee and a graduate of Victorian College of the Arts.
I’M INCREDIBLY EXCITED TO EXPAND MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE ARTISTIC RIGOURS AND PROCESSES OF MAKING CUTTING-EDGE MAINSTAGE WORK — AS WELL AS GAIN PRACTICAL INSIGHT INTO THE BUSINESS OF PRODUCING LARGE-SCALE CONTEMPORARY THEATRE. I FEEL PARTICULARLY PRIVILEGED TO BE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN CONVERSATIONS AROUND MALTHOUSE THEATRE’S ARTISTIC PROGRAMMING AND AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT. I’M KEEN TO LEARN HOW THESE DECISIONS AND DISCUSSIONS CAN IMPACT OUR CULTURE, OUR SOCIETY, AND THE EVOLUTION OF LIVE PERFORMANCE PRACTICE.
SUPPORTED BY DEBBIE DADON AM
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 invites individuals aged 18 to 30 to connect with our theatre as a space for artistic, social and political discussion. Members receive tickets to designated preview performances throughout Season 2019 and attend pre- and post-show conversations and events including opportunities to connect with Malthouse Theatre Executive, Board and artists.
With unparalleled access, Vanguard members have a year of unforgettable experiences, gain insight into Malthouse Theatre’s work, contribute to discussions about cultural leadership and build a new network of local arts lovers.
Vanguard is co-led by Malthouse Theatre’s Company Producer and Board member Jan Owen (CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians).
**APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 HAVE NOW CLOSED.**
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.
Connect with Malthouse Theatre
Seeing live work is a great way for us to know who you are and what you make. We may not always be able to get there, but we will make every attempt to send one of our team, given plenty of notice. Three weeks in advance is optimal. Send an invitation to email@example.com and we will circulate it to the relevant staff.
If you believe you have a unique proposal which has a strong affinity with our artistic vision, you are welcome to send a two-page treatment to our New Work Manager, Mark Pritchard firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re submitting a script, please include a one-page synopsis and a short bio to give us some context.
We receive an enormous number of proposals, and with limited resources, we aren’t able to give you feedback about your work. If we do see a possible connection with Malthouse Theatre we will contact you.