Malthouse Theatre is delighted to announce four new artistic appointments for 2014, with the engagement of two new Artistic Associates, a new Dramaturg, and a new Female Director in Residence.

The new 2014 Artistic Associates are Lally Katz (Writing) and David Chisholm (Composition); Mark Pritchard has been appointed as Dramaturg. Matthew Lutton (Associate Artist, Direction) remains with the company, having been on-staff as an Associate since 2012.

From an incredibly strong field of applicants, our Artistic Associates have been appointed to advise Malthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director Marion Potts on the development of the company’s productions and tours, and inspire the direction of the company into the future. Malthouse Theatre’s Artistic Associates program not only offers the organisation the opportunity to invite exciting new ideas from these talented professionals, it also supports artists through paid working opportunities.

The 2014 Female Director in Residence is Clare Watson.

Clare is a graduate of VCA Directing and has directed for the stages of the Sydney Opera House, the Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company, the Storeroom and La Mama. With a keen eye for innovative theatre, history and humour, Clare has created performance works in a hotel room, the Old Melbourne Gaol, a disused swimming pool, a car and a crumbling deco apartment; she is one of Australia’s most exciting emerging theatre talents.

The only program of its kind in Australia, the Female Director in Residence program offers the opportunity of a six-month paid, immersive period of professional development for an emerging director. Over this time they may embed themselves in the day-to-day workings of the company, assist on productions, network, and gain individual mentoring from Artistic Director Marion Potts. The program provides a real career stepping stone towards professional theatre practice.

Previous Female Directors in Residence include Roslyn Oades (2013) whose production Hello, Goodbye, & Happy Birthday has been programmed as part of Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival 2014 seasons. 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) were recipients of the program in 2012 and 2011 respectively and are both are now employed as Co-Resident Directors at Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney.

Artistic Director Marion Potts is thrilled with the new additions to the company, saying:

“We’re incredibly excited to welcome such a diverse range of artistic talents and personalities into the company. All these artists have a strong history with Malthouse Theatre across a variety of capacities, so we can’t wait to bring them into the fold as permanent staff members. Lally Katz had her hilarious production Stories I Want to Tell You in Person programmed in our 2013 season, David Chisholm composed the haunting score for The Bloody Chamber (2013), and Mark Pritchard was Assistant Director on The Dragon (2013). Happily, Matt Lutton, our Artistic Associate (Directing) remains with the company. I am also delighted that Clare Watson is our 2014 Female Director in Residence. Clare is currently the Education and Youth Manager at Malthouse Theatre and we’re overjoyed to be able to facilitate both sides of her career. I have no doubt that 2014 is going to be an exciting and artistically productive time for the company.”