Take part in a free theatre workshop, meet new friends, create your own play and ask us anything at our theatre Q&A 🎭

Here are all of the online theatre events coming up during SummerFest:
🔸 Tues 23 Feb, 11am – 2pm
UMSU Expo Day 1 on Hopin
Join us in the UHT booth at 12:45pm for ‘Let’s Talk Tech’
🔸 Wed 24 Feb, 11am – 12pm
Q&A You Can Ask That – UHT Fundamentals on Zoom
🔸 Thurs 25 Feb, 11am – 2pm
UMSU Expo Day 2 on Hopin
Join us in the UHT booth at 12:45pm for ‘Let’s Talk Performance’
🔸 Friday 26 Feb, 2pm – 5pm
Instant Play Project on Zoom
🔸 Tues 2 Mar, 1:15pm-2pm
Theatre Summer Fun on Zoom
🔸 Wed 3 Mar, 12pm-2pm
Clubs Expo Day 1 on Hopin
🔸 Thurs 4 Mar, 12pm-2pm
UMSU Clubs Expo Day 2 on Hopin
🔸 Thurs 4 Mar, 5pm-7pm
Arty Party! on Zoom

Whether you are brand new or you’ve done student theatre before, swing by and say hello at the UMSU & Clubs Expos where you can chat with the UHT staff, Creative Arts Officers and the following Student Theatre Groups:
🔹 Fake Newspaper Theatre
🔹 Flare Dance Ensemble
🔹 Med Moves
🔹 Melbourne Uni Law Revue
🔹 Mudcrabs – Melb Uni Comedy Revue Board
🔹 UMMTA – Uni Melb Music Theatre Assoc.
We look forward to seeing you all at SummerFest ⛱️🦩☀️

n.b Nominations have now closed. Stay tuned for the Awards Announcement soon

We love the Union House Theatre end of year award celebrations – they are a time to acknowledge the hard work you all contribute to making our community so great. Sadly, there won’t be a live ceremony this year but the good news is that we will still go ahead with an award program, albeit a little different than before.

This year everything is by self or peer nomination. Winners will be announced on our social media after Semester.

We encourage you to back yourself and throw your hat in the ring, or acknowledge someone else for the great work they’ve done this year. Or both!

Eligibility: All nominees must be (or have been) a current Uni Melb student during 2020.
Awards are for extra-curricular creative activity only – i.e. not related to your studies.

Nominations Close: Wednesday 28 Oct at Midday (Week 12)

Proudly supported by the University of Melbourne Theatre Board

Awards Categories

Emerging Artist 

Have you emerged from under the lockdown doona to discover you LOVE art? Have you made some cool things and thought – actually I’m kinda good at this! For those new to theatre/art/creativity, this award is for you or someone you know.  

Access & Inclusion

For your (or someone you know) amazing pursuit and great achievements in making performance accessible and for capturing all voices, bodies, stories, backgrounds, approaches. Art is for everyone, and you are a boss at it. 

Community Engagement

Have you (or someone you know) gone above and beyond to keep your arts community together, creative and engaged during this lockdown period? Maybe you sent creative care packages, held singalongs, welcomed new members or gained a whole new following on Instagram!

Experimentation in Digital Performance

Can you (or someone you know) use Zoom, Facebook, YouTube or Insta like it’s going out of fashion?… So 2020! 

Have you learnt some amazing new art tech skills or created some extraordinary work for online platforms? Then this award is for you.

Student Theatre Group award

An award for the student theatre groups out there, who have worked together throughout lockdown, to create amazing new performances, new works, art and other creative expressions.


This award is for an ensemble or collective of artists, who have discovered the power of communal creativity and shared practice, and are working as a team and performing together.  

Skills Development 

What a year for developing new skills! Whatever the skill; artistry, creative or technical – however you (or someone you know) developed it – let us know. 

Production / Technical

Have you (or someone you know) made an outstanding costume, created a rocking soundscape, managed a zoom performance or had great lighting in your video/film/content?

New Writing

Are you (or someone you know) a new playwright, a new poet or an original songwriter or librettist? Have you created new ideas, new words, any genre. This award is all about new words! 

So…not Shakespeare. 

Nominate Now


UHT’s Stage Carpenter/Mechanist Allen Laverty talks through the different types of spackle and putty and how to use them.


UHT’s Head Technician Clynton Jones talks through different types of theatre lighting, focussing on Floods & Cans.


by Maeve Scannell, 9 September 2020

Spring has officially sprung! The sun is shining and the flowers are blooming, so let’s spring clean your reading list! Try these wholesome, helpful and inspiring spring reads to give you a little hope in these strange and difficult times 🌿🌷🌱🌸

Courtesy of your friends at The Rowden White Library. Click here for info on how to sign up online to access the Rowdy’s amazing digital collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. All you need is the barcode number on your student/staff ID, it’s that easy!


🎧  A Love Story for Bewildered Girls
by Emma Morgan
– Follow three very different women, with three very different lives, on a hilarious and heart-warming story of friendship, sexuality, heartbreak and first loves.


🎧  The Adversary 
by Ronnie Scott
– A coming-of-age narrative set in Melbourne’s inner-north at the beginning of a long hot summer. With their undergrads over, our unnamed protagonist and his housemate Dan have two very different approaches to life and learning how to adult in your early twenties.


📖  Homeland Calling: Words from a New Generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voices
by Desert Pea Media , Edited by Ellen Van Neerven
– A powerful collection of hip-hop lyrics turned poems, written by First Nations youth around Australia. These verses will inspire and educate you, shattering stereotypes, illuminating culture, exploring language, celebrating land, and pointing to the future.


📖  New Suns – Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color
Edited by Nisi Shawl
– There’s something for everyone in this short story collection! A truly unique showcase of established and emerging POC writers covering everything from science fiction, fantasy, horror, and everything in between.


📖 Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale 
by Belle Yang
– A stunning graphic novel debut focusing on the author and her father’s fascinating family history that spans modern day America, to communist China, and Manchuria. Drawing parallels between the author’s life and those of her ancestors, this work points to the importance of storytelling, remembrance and honouring the generations that came before.


📖  Big Mushy Happy Lump
by Sarah Andersen
– Frank, honest, funny and wholesome! This gorgeous comic will make you laugh and cry from its realness and ridiculousness. A must read if you need a little pick-me-up.



📖  Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying
by Marie Kondo
Get into the spring-cleaning mood with the iconic and loveable Marie Kondo! This book will introduce you to her unique philosophy of tidiness and give you a room-by-room guide to organising and decluttering your life ’till everything ‘Sparks Joy”.


📖 Green: Plant for Small Spaces, Indoors and Out
by Jason Chongue
Want to flex your green thumb this spring? Try this practical and approachable guide to caring for your indoor plants and urban gardens. With beautiful photographs and stunning illustrations, you’re sure to be inspired!


📖 Every Body Yoga
by Jessamyn Stanley
Give your body and mind a little love after this long winter lockdown and try this emotionally uplifting, body-positive yoga book for people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities.


📖 This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change, Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings
by Julia Samuel
An important book for when these ‘unprecedented times’ get a little too much. Drawing on years of experience, research and conversations with clients, acclaimed psychotherapist Julia Samuel teaches us how to learn, adapt, and even thrive in some of the most difficult and challenging times of our lives.


📖 The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices
by Casper ter Kuile
Is everything feeling a bit meaningless at the moment, or is it just me? Give this book a read and be reminded that the seemingly mundane things we do every day have the possibility to give us moments of profound reflection, connection and meaning if we just let them.


📖 Bento
by Yuko and Noriko
Learn about the amazing art of the Bento box and get inspired to make quick, delicious, and easy meals that are also good for you!


UHT’s Stage Carpenter/Mechanist Allen Laverty talks through how to build a theatre Flat.


UHT’s Head Technician Clynton Jones talks through what a profile/spotlight is and how they work.

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We know that you are all keen to get back in the theatres so here is an update on everything we know at the moment.

As Federal and State Government public health restrictions ease, UHT and affiliated student theatre groups will be guided by how the University of Melbourne approaches changes to public health measures.

In anticipation of ongoing relaxation of physical distancing requirements the University has published a plan that will govern the resumption of on campus activity. This plan is necessarily uncertain as key factors such as dates and gathering sizes will be subject to government decisions.

What we do know is:

  • There will be no on campus events or gatherings prior to August 2 (noting that this is an indicative date).
  • Venue and room bookings are not open for student theatre groups at this time.
  • While it is possible that campus events may be able to resume after August 2 the nature and size of these events is unknown.
  • Events will be required to comply with relevant physical distancing and infection control measures.
  • Mid-year orientation will be online, and we will provide details in the coming weeks.

Are you passionate about access and inclusion in theatre?

Union House Theatre are looking for two students to volunteer to work alongside an industry expert to support the development of resources for our community.

Students with lived experience of disability are strongly encouraged to apply. Knowledge of theatre or broader creative arts is useful (but not essential).

If you are interested, send an email to artistic@union.unimelb.edu.au with the subject line ‘Access Resources Project’, telling us a bit about you and why you’d like to be involved.

Expressions of Interest in this project close Tuesday 16th June.

UHT’s Head Technician Clynton Jones talks us through how to survive and thrive during a plotting session.