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Q Theatre Lab 2021: Open for Applications

Q THEATRE LAB is Q Theatre’s artist in residence program. The residency is designed to make creative space and time for the development of dynamic projects at an early stage of their conception. Projects are selected through an open callout process and successful applicants will receive financial assistance, work-space as well as technical and dramaturgical support for dedicated creative development.

In 2021 we are expanding the program to include a performance outcome. The two successful applicants will present their work (approx. 30 min) as a double bill in a two-night season in the Mullins Studio at the Joan.

We are therefore looking for works that have the potential and capacity to be audience-ready within the 3-week timeframe. To discuss this further please contact Melissa Cannon by emailing melissa.cannon@penrith.city

Q Theatre Lab provides:

  • $2000 artist fee
  • 50/50 box office split to the artist
  • 12 days of development space: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, within the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (Penrith)
  • A technical rehearsal, dress rehearsal and two-night season in the Allan Mullins Studio at the Joan
  • Access to available studio lighting, sound, and AV equipment
  • Technical Support (up to 8 hours)
  • Dramaturgical Support (up to 6 hours)
  • Marketing and Publicity support
  • The work created and supported through Q Theatre Lab will be considered for further development with Q Theatre

Selection Criteria:

  • Artistic rationale and process
  • Potential and capacity of the project to be performed live at the end of the residency
  • Calibre of the artistic team and key personnel

We strongly encourage applications from artists that identify as Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, Culturally & Linguistically Diverse and/or have a demonstrated connection to Western Sydney.

Click here to apply

Key dates & details:

Applications Open: 11 January 2021

Applications Close: 3 February 2021

Notifications: 15 February 2021

Residency: 8-27 March 2021

Performances: 7.30pm, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 March.

Residencies available: 2

Residency Location: The Joan (Penrith)

Click here to download the Q Theatre Lab 2021 Schedule

Image: Artist: Nathan Harrison. Project: How I Saved the Western Black Rhino. Photographer: Katy Green-Loughrey.