Melbourne Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the thirteen participants in its 2017 Women in Theatre Program.

The successful applicants for this year’s program are Gorkem Acaroglu (director), Mary Rachel Brown (playwright), Fiona Bruce (set and costume designer), Samantha Butterworth (producer), Tania Canas (early career director), Angelica Clunes (artistic director), Suzanne Cranny (technical manager/venue operations) Kellie-Anne Kimber (sound design & composition), Clare McKenzie (executive director/general manager), Dans Marie Sheehan (lighting designer), Erin Taylor (dramaturg), Emily Tomlins (cross discipline practitioner) and Victoria Woolley (production manager).

Established in 2014 as the Women Directors Program and later expanded in 2016 to the Women in Theatre Program to include a broader range of disciplines, this MTC initiative has supported 32 theatre professionals in their career development to date.

This sought after career development program, curated by MTC Producer Martina Murray, runs for 12 months and sees each participants paired with a mentor in their chosen field as well as a calendar of networking opportunities, leadership training, and workshops covering a range of topics to provide a rounded understanding of how a state theatre company operates.

For more information about MTC’s Women in Theatre Program and the 2017 participants visit