Artistic Director and CEO of Malthouse Theatre, Marion Potts,  announced theatre director Adena Jacobs as the company’s 2012 Female Director in Residence.

Adena is a Melbourne-based theatre director and the 2011 recipient of the Melbourne Festival’s Harold Mitchell Fellowship, under the mentorship of artistic director, Brett Sheehy. Having graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts Masters program, where she won the Yvonne Taylor scholarship for a female director, Adena has gone on to direct numerous theatre productions including the acclaimed: Elektra for The Dog Theatre, The City for Red Stitch Actors Theatre and This is For You for La Mama.

Adena has also trained with New York’s SITI Company and is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She has collaborated with various independent companies including Mutation Theatre and X:Machine and is currently developing an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona, which will be presented in Melbourne in 2012.

Marion Potts said: "The field of candidates for this position was extensive and attests to the need for opportunities that further the aspirations of female artists. We are thrilled to offer Adena the chance to experience the complexities of a theatre company environment and will no doubt benefit from her energy and imaginative contribution."

Annually, Malthouse Theatre offers a 6 month paid internship for a female director. During this period Adena will have access to company life and be given opportunities to assist the Artistic Director Marion Potts and the Associate Artist (Direction) Matthew Lutton. Adena Jacobs will commence as the Female Director in Residence from 5th February 2012.

The 2012 Female Director in Residence Internship Program is supported by The Copywright Agency Cultural Fund.