Welcome to Open Door, our program of stimulating new theatre, special events, workshops and development programs to enthrall regular theatre-goers and new audiences alike, and provide local artists with opportunities to develop their careers.
NEON - Festival of Independent Theatre
In an exhilarating first for MTC, 2013 will see the launch of a boutique Festival of Independent Theatre.
Five Melbourne-based independent theatre companies will have complete creative freedom to stage whatever works they choose, in whatever form they wish, for five short but enthralling two-week seasons in the Lawler. Combined with readings, workshops and forums, the festival will provide audiences with an exceptional range of theatrical experiences. VISIT THE NEON PAGE.
Our Education Program offers thousands of young people from around the state the chance to see world-class productions and participate in learning programs that we hope will inspire a life-long passion for theatre.
In recent years, MTC Education productions have achieved critical acclaim, awards and sell-out seasons. All student tickets are subsidised and we offer special access initiatives for regional and disadvantaged schools. Click the links below to learn more about the various programs on offer.
2013 Education Season
Youth Ambassadors Program
Youth Scholarship Course
Teachers Notes and Resources
Beached by Melissa Bubnic forms part of our 2013 Education Season
MTC cares passionately about telling Australian stories and is constantly commissioning playwrights to develop new works. As well as providing financial support for our country’s great writers, our main focus is to develop those playwrights who can most use MTC’s help: mid-career writers looking to step up to writing for a broad state theatre company audience. We gratefully acknowledge support from The Joan and Peter Clemenger Trust, which has been supporting the commissioning of new Australian playwriting at MTC since 2006.
The professional development of emerging playwrights is further supported by providing writers with the opportunity to have their plays workshopped and publicly read by experienced professional actors under the guidance of a dedicated director. We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Cybec Foundation, which has been supporting play readings at MTC since 2002.
MTC provides aspiring professional directors with the opportunity to work closely with senior theatre directors. We provide paid learning experiences for both emerging and mid-career directors to be part of rehearsals for a mainstage production. During this time, they shadow the director, attend production meetings, and have formal opportunities for networking and industry exposure with a focus on their own artistic development. Additionally, in 2013, MTC will be developing a Women Directors Program that aims to give emerging female directors the opportunity to develop their skills and gain professional experience.
We regularly hold general auditions for final year acting students from across the country, providing feedback and support. We also provide the opportunity for over twenty actors to make their debut with the Company each year.
Career development programs
MTC has a number of career development and mentoring programs for future theatre professionals, giving those in a course of study or in the first years of a career a chance to work alongside theatre professionals.
For more information about any of our Open Door initiatives please email email@example.com