In 2016, Malthouse Theatre continues to support Australia’s most inventive independent theatre-makers with important initiatives such as the Female Director in Residence program. Malthouse Theatre is thrilled to announce Janice Muller as the Director in Residence for 2016 as a part of this program, now in its sixth year.

The annual position provides intensive career development and a salary and aims to offer a deeply engaged professional development opportunity that provides for genuine career progression towards professional theatre practice. Malthouse Theatre’s ongoing support of female theatre-makers and artists is also extended through the inaugural Malthouse Theatre IN HOUSE Tower Residency program, a list that includes Nicola Gunn, The Rabble, Samara Hersch and Adena Jacobs (Fraught Outfit).

Malthouse Theatre Artistic Director Matthew Lutton said, “We are thrilled to have Janice Muller joining Malthouse Theatre as a resident director in 2016. I have no doubt she will be an integral part of the on-going artistic conversations at the company throughout the year.”

Janice Muller recently directed The Tribe in Surry Hills backyards for Belvoir/Urban Theatre Projects. This new Australian work, co-adapted with Mohammed Ahmad from his novella of the same name, premiered in 2015 at Sydney Festival as part of Bankstown Live. In April, Muller will direct the premiere of Lake Disappointment, a new Australian play written by Luke Mullins and Lachlan Philpott for Carriageworks.

Over a ten-month period, Muller will be immersed in the day-to-day activities of Malthouse Theatre, receive mentoring and support to develop her own projects, as well as directing the Malthouse Theatre Education Program production.

Malthouse Theatre is a leader in pushing boundaries and a home for collaboration, a place where artistic risk-taking and exploration thrives. The ongoing opportunities provided to female artists continues their commitment to supporting artistic development within the performing arts landscape in Australia.