An enrichment program for Year 11 theatre-lovers across Victoria.

Each year since 2010, a group of Year 11 theatre-lovers have been selected as MTC Ambassadors, embarking on a year-long extension program that offers insight into the world of professional theatre. Each month the Ambassadors meet with MTC staff and artists, and share their experiences of theatre with like-minded peers. Participation is free of charge.

What does the program entail?

Meeting roughly once a month, MTC Ambassadors are offered the chance to extend their knowledge and experience by attending MTC productions and sharing their responses to theatre with a group of like-minded young people. In 2022, MTC Ambassadors will attend 8 MTC productions at Southbank Theatre and Arts Centre Melbourne, and meet a range of MTC staff and artists for exclusive Q&A opportunities. Dinner is provided before each performance.

Ambassadors also take a leadership role which has two functions; to act as youth representatives within the Company, and to act as advocates for MTC within their school and social communities.

How do students become an MTC Ambassador?

  1. Students must be nominated by a teacher. Each school may only nominate one student per year, and students must be in Year 11 at a Victorian school. Nominations closed Wednesday 2 March.
  2. Teachers are then given a link to send to their nominated student where they write about their interest in theatre, and confirm parent/carer consent to participate.
  3. MTC will notify all teachers and students of the outcome of their nomination by Friday 18 March.

We strongly encourage teachers to nominate students who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Nominations for 2022 are now closed.

When are the meeting dates?

Students will need to be available to attend meetings in Southbank from 4.30pm until approximately 9pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 19 April
  • Tuesday 24 May 
  • Tuesday 14 June 
  • Tuesday 19 July
  • Tuesday 30 August
  • Tuesday 18 October
  • Tuesday 15 November
  • Tuesday 6 December

What do I need to participate?

For in-person meetings, students will need to make their own way to and from Southbank. Travel and accommodation is not included.

A strong internet connection is needed to participate in any virtual meetings via Zoom. Zoom recommends an internet speed of 1.5 megabits per second (mbps). Test your internet speed at speedtest.net.

Do I need to be vaccinated to participate?

All visitors to Southbank Theatre and MTC HQ must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption on arrival. All staff at MTC venues are likewise fully vaccinated. You can read more about MTC's Health and Safety guidelines here.

Unvaccinated students may participate in the MTC Ambassadors program via Zoom to attend guest artist Q&As and watch select productions through MTC Digital Theatre. Please note: most MTC productions will not be available to watch online.

Who is eligible for nomination?

Students in Year 11 at a Victorian school are eligible for nomination by a teacher. Each school may only nominate one student per year.

Guidelines for nomination:

  • Ambassadors should have a serious interest in theatre and enjoy seeing and discussing plays, not just performing.
  • We encourage nominations for students with an interest in an area of theatre other than acting, such as writing, directing, design and production.
  • Ambassadors need to be able to commit to attending all of the meetings listed above. Students who have a full load of extra-curricular commitments are not recommended for nomination.
  • Ambassadors should be confident communicators, willing to report back to their school communities and social networks about their experiences at MTC, and to act as advocates for the Company.
  • Nominating teachers should be willing to assist students in finding opportunities to report back to the school community.

What will students need to answer in the form?

Nominated students will be asked to respond to the following questions (150 words or less per question):

  • What's your favourite style of theatre and why? (e.g. naturalistic, eclectic, comedy, musical, contemporary)
  • What’s the best production you’ve ever seen (small or large, amateur or professional) and what was it that made it so memorable?
  • Describe your involvement in extra-curricular theatre at school and/or in your community. Do you perform roles onstage, work behind the scenes, or both?
  • Why would you like to be an MTC Ambassador?

What are the benefits of being an MTC Ambassador?

  • Ambassadors receive a free ticket to 8 MTC productions in the 2022 season.
  • Ambassadors get the opportunity to meet with theatre professionals, and find out about the inner workings of one of Australia’s largest theatre companies.
  • The program brings together like-minded young people who can engage in a level of discussion about theatre which may not always be possible in the classroom.

Enquiries: education@mtc.com.au 

MTC gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Youth Ambassadors Giving Circle.