About Us

Q Theatre has been making work for more than 50 years. Based at The Joan, Penrith we offer audiences a chance to see theatre that has been provoked, inspired or exploded out of our local context. We build pathways for established and early career artists to train, experiment and create.

In Development - New Work


We make shows.

Whether you’re audience, artist or somewhere in between, we hope you can connect with our work in 2022.

If you have questions regarding our program or would like to pitch a project of your own please email melissa.cannon@penrith.city

Workshops - For Learning

Photo / Decoded Youth Festival 2018 - Photo Teniola Komolafe

Workshop Production: Annual Youth Theatre Festival, Originate

Designed for artists aged 16–26 our Workshop Productions are here to help you learn how to make work, meet collaborators and take the next steps on your creative journey.

Follow the links to find out more about our Annual Youth Theatre Festival, and Originate.

Courses: Studio Q

Running across four terms, our Studio Q weekly classes offer aspiring artists aged 5–18 the chance to connect with industry mentors and learn what it means to be a performing artist. You might be an actor, circus artist, director, writer or still figuring out. Studio Q is a fun, supportive and safe place to explore. For any questions about Q Theatre’s Workshop activities including enrolments please email our Theatre Programs Coordinator: creativelearning@penrith.city.


Photo / Christina Mishell

Residencies: Q Theatre Lab

In 2022 Q Theatre will again lead an Artist in Residence program which allocates financial support as well as studio space for independent artists to develop new ideas. Our main round of residencies is completed across January and February but keep an eye out for development opportunities across the year. Click here for the 2022 Q Theatre Lab showings.


Throughout 2020 opportunities to work with Q Theatre in various capacities will become available, and we will keep you up to date with these on our website here. Keep an eye on our social channels (Facebook, Instagram) for the latest updates too.


The Q Story

From providing lunchtime theatre at Circular Quay in the 1960s, to our current home in The Joan, Q Theatre’s extensive and radical work over the past fifty odd years is hugely significant in Australia’s theatrical history and holds a vital place right at the heart of creative Penrith.

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A dream of a theatre of passion and ideas that cares deeply...

Doreen Warburton, Q Theatre founder