Malthouse Theatre is delighted to announce that applications are now open for its 2014 Female Director in Residence Program.

The Female Director in Residence program, which provides funding for an emerging female theatre director to work closely within the Malthouse Theatre organisation, is the only program of its kind in Australia. It provides intensive career development and paid support for a selected female artist. Immersed in the day-to-day activities of the company over a six-month period and with individual mentoring from Malthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director Marion Potts, the Female Director in Residence program is a deeply engaged professional development opportunity that provides a real career stepping stone towards professional theatre practice.

Previous recipients of the Female Director in Residence Program include Adena Jacobs (Persona, On the Bodily Education of Young Girls) and Anne-Louise Sarks (Stories I Want to Tell You in Person, The Hayloft Project) both of whom have recently been appointed as dual Resident Directors at Belvoir in Sydney. Appointments such as these demonstrate the real-world impact the program makes in providing young directors with a solid introduction to the mechanics of working in a main stage theatre company.

As Malthouse Theatre’s Marion Potts notes:

‘Malthouse Theatre is committed to providing real paid support and career development for female directors and artists. Our Female Director in Residence Program is one of the first and only programs dedicated to providing full-scale support to women directors launching their careers. We are delighted to again be able to offer this opportunity to help facilitate the development of some of Australia’s most exciting artistic careers.’

2013’s Female Director in Residence Roslyn Oades has also highlighted the benefits of the program:

‘The Malthouse Theatre residency has been a profound professional development opportunity. I have gained invaluable insights into company operations, while also capitalising on the opportunity to develop a new work surrounded by generous industry experts. It has been truly eye-opening to sit in on programming meetings and artist pitches, to participate in a diverse range of creative developments and to simply observe the practical day-to-day running of a professional theatre company.’

Roslyn Oades’ 2014 work Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday will be performed from 9 to 26 October as part of Malthouse Theatre’s 2014 season and the 2014 Melbourne Festival.