From artists to audiences, we all have an important part to play at Melbourne Theatre Company. We asked some members of MTC’s community what the Company means to them. Our Technical Manager – Staging and Design, Andrew Bellchambers, says that the wealth of knowledge and talent within the Company is extraordinary.
I originally trained as an engineer, and after some travel and a flirtation with architecture, I finally decided to follow my passion and re-train at the Victorian College of Arts in theatre.
It was at this point, as an unemployed student, I was offered my first opportunity with MTC. Someone was going away for six months and needed covering in the design office.
I ended up working part-time for nearly three years. From there I went on to freelance for around nine years – working for companies within Australia and abroad, on opera, theatre and festival projects. In 2014, I was lucky enough to re-join the Company, and currently hold the position of Technical Manager – Staging and Design.
Everyone working at the Company does so because we love what we do. The wealth of knowledge and talent is extraordinary, with everyone dedicated to producing the best possible work we can. Being part of the Company does live up to the cliché of feeling like being in a family, including the inevitable ‘family’ altercations, that only occur in a close-knit environment where everyone is looking out for each other.
I grew up seeing MTC shows and feel that it has always been a part of my life. To be working for the Company is a great privilege. Victoria is very lucky to have such a resource dedicated to providing such a high level of theatre. The skill and innovation of production craft at MTC is comparable with the best in the world and shouldn’t be underestimated. This level of achievement is only made possible by the unique environment that the Company creates; where production staff, artisans and performers all work alongside each other under the one roof. This is a rare opportunity in our modern society, and something that should be treasured and nurtured by all.
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