The award commemorates the former Education Manager at the MTC. Robert was a dedicated member of the Theatre Board of Melbourne University for many years and a huge supporter of student theatre.

The Robert McDonald Award offers an outstanding student theatre maker the opportunity to work intensively at Melbourne Theatre Company. You’ll gain exposure to most aspects of the operation of a large state theatre company. The prize includes a double subscription to MTC’s annual season, a volunteer placement on the MTC Education production, and meetings with creative artists and staff at MTC to discuss theatre practice.

This award is for a student producer, stage manager or director who has demonstrated outstanding ability and commitment through their involvement in student theatre at Melbourne University.  The Theatre Board acknowledges the potential of this student to develop a career path in the professional theatre industry.

MTC ‘s 2022 education production is the world premiere of SLAP. BANG. KISS. by Dan Giovannoni. Director: Katy Maudlin

Production dates

14-18 Feb 2022: Creative Development at MTC HQ. 10am-6pm

21 Mar – 8 Apr 2022:   Rehearsals at MTC HQ, 10am-6pm

11 Apr – 19 Apr 2022: Technical rehearsals and previews, Southbank Theatre the Lawler

There is no obligation on the award-winner to attend all or even a majority of rehearsals; they should make the experience work for them.

Eligibility: All applicants must be (or have been) a current Uni Melb student during 2021.

Selection Criteria

The student selected for this award will:

  • have a serious and professional approach to their theatre practice
  • be theatre-savvy, quick to learn, and able to work independently
  • demonstrate maturity and leadership skills
  • have well-developed communication skills, both written and verbal
  • be willing to learn by watching and listening, as well as by doing
  • be flexible – understanding the ‘bigger picture’ of the needs of the production
  • be a team player who is happy to help out with the unglamorous jobs



Closing Date: Friday 12th November at midday

To apply, please fill out this FORM

UHT Award nominees are listed below with the winners from each section in bold.

Prizes proudly supported by the University of Melbourne Theatre Board


UHT Award for Participation and Enthusiasm

Leah Bourne
Marcie Di Bartolomeo
Lily Everest
Farhan Islam
Zadie McCracken
James Robertson 
Gabriel Tassoni

UHT Award for Production and Planning

Four Letter Word Theatre
Finn McHenry
Medleys – the Med Revue
Melbourne Uni Law Revue

UHT Award for Leadership within the Student Theatre Community

Four Letter Word Theatre – Ada Coxall
Janet Clarke Hall Play Subcommittee – Acacia Nettleton
Melbourne Uni Law Revue – Laura McKenzie and Ashley Stocco
Melbourne Uni Shakespeare Company Committee
St Mary’s College Drama Society – Zara Lukeis
University of Melbourne Musical Theatre Association

UHT Emerging Writer Award

An Dang
Liz Murdoch
Peter Turner
Chiara Wenban


Emerging Artist Award

Benji Arndt
Emma Burns
An Dang
Savier D’Arsie-Marquez
Animesh Ghimiray
Lucy Head
Zadie McCracken
Eden McLean
Zarafshan Sobti

Community Engagement Award

Olive Cullen – UMMTA Chorus
Fake Newspaper Theatre
Flare Dance Ensemble
Janet Clarke Hall Play Subcommittee

Access and Inclusion Award

Chelle Destefano
Marcie Di Bartolomeo
Bridie Turner

Experimentation in Digital Performance Award

Shravya Akkapeddi
Marcie Di Bartolomeo
Zadie McCracken

Ensemble Award

Dogfight – Intercollegiate Activities Council
Therapy in Hell – Fake Newpaper Theatre
Sitzprobe – UMMTA
Titus Andronicus – Melbourne Uni Shakespeare Company
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown – UMMTA

Skills Development Award

Fake Newspaper Theatre
Delys Russell and Bridie Turner
Christina Savopoulos
Karen Spencer

Production and Technical Award

Lachlan Careedy
Eden Mclean
Tom Vulcan
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown Production Team – UMMTA

New Work Award

Club Nite – Anjelica Angwin, Lotte Beckett and Matisse Laida
Icarus and the Falling Birds – Gaden Sousa and Torsten Strokirch
Rules of Love – Zadie McCracken
The Sitzprobe 2021 – UMMTA
Therapy in Hell – Marcie Di Bartolomeo

Student Theatre Group Award

Fake Newspaper Theatre
Janet Clarke Hall Play Committee
Melbourne University Shakespeare Company
University of Melbourne Music Theatre Association


The UHT Peer Mentor Red Jelly Future Takeover Award

Istvan Danko

Theatre Board Outstanding Commitment to the Community Award

Ada Coxall

Hannah Barry Memorial Award

Luke Macaronas  – This is my Body

Robert McDonald Award

Zadie McCracken

UMSU Creative Arts

Keen-bean-always-here-machine Award

Marcie Di Bartolomeo
Pooja Goel
Jess Norton
Karen Spencer
Torsten Strokirch
Victor Sun

Across-The-Sea Creativity Award

Akash Anil Nair
Pallavi Bharwani
Animesh Ghimiray
Pooja Goel
Leslie Ho

Mover-and-Shaker Experimental Art-Maker Award

Weiting Chen
Olga Dziemidowicz
Benjamin Perlmutter
Kitman Yeung

Expression of Interest for Performers

Nora: A Doll’s House – a radical new version by Stef Smith, after Henrik Ibsen

Presented by Union House Theatre

Directed by UHT’s Artistic Director Xanthe Beesley and Liv Satchell.

Get creative and make lifelong friends whilst being part of this fantastic production.

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About the show:

Nora is the perfect wife and mother. She is dutiful, beautiful and everything is always in its right place. But when a secret from her past comes back to haunt her, her life rapidly unravels. Over the course of three days, Nora must fight to protect herself and her family or risk losing everything.

Henrik Ibsen’s brutal portrayal of womanhood caused outrage when it was first performed in 1879. This bold new version reframes the drama in three different time periods. The fight for women’s suffrage, the Swinging Sixties and the modern-day intertwine in this urgent, poetic play that asks ‘how far have we really come in the past hundred years?’

About the process:

Xanthe Beesley and Liv Satchell co-direct this new adaptation in a brave and innovative way, using lots of movement and contemporary theatre processes to create a large ensemble-based work. After a week-long intensive, rehearsals are part-time (including Saturdays and evenings) in the lead up to a busy production week and performances. The production will be cast from those who participate in the intensive.

This is an exciting and much-awaited chance to get involved in theatre on campus, try something new, discover different ways of creating theatre and meet a great community of like-minded friends.

Here’s what you need to do to get involved:

  1. Confirm you understand rehearsal and performance dates (see below)
  2. Fill out THIS SHORT FORM by Tues 13th July at midday.
  3. Come to the week-long rehearsal intensive 20 – 24 July (Tues – Sat)
  4. During the intensive, we’ll talk with everyone about roles, rehearsal requirements and dates

Please read before you fill out the form:

  • Everyone is welcome
  • No previous experience of theatre is required
  • There are opportunities for people who love speaking roles and movement roles
  • This production is planned to be an on-campus experience. If you are outside of Melbourne, we will have a fantastic program of online events linked to NORA that are designed just for you!
  • If you cannot commit to the dates, but would still like to participate in the weeklong intensive, you can – you just need to let us know this when you fill out the form
  • There will be opportunities for backstage roles as well
  • Involvement is free

Rehearsals for Nora are on at the following times:

Week-long intensive Tue 20 July – Sat 24 July, 10am–3pm

Rehearsals start Wednesday 28 July

Rehearsals times:

  • Wednesdays 4pm–7pm
  • Thursday nights 5:30–8.30pm
  • Saturdays 10:30am–5pm

(Please note these times are indicative only and may change slightly)

Nora technical rehearsals and performance dates:

To be in the cast, you need to be available for these dates:

  • Production week: Tuesday 21 Sept – Friday 24 Sept (some afternoons and all evenings)
  • Previews: Saturday 25 September (afternoon and evening)
  • Season Dates: Tuesday 28 Sept – Saturday 2 Oct  (evenings)

The technical rehearsals take place during the mid-sem break, performances are during Week 9.

A schedule with more specific times will be discussed during the intensive.

If you have any questions, please email

Technical and Front of House Positions

University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) is seeking experienced casual theatre staff to assist within the Union and Guild Theatres in Union House. There are two roles that we are recruiting, to join a small team of technicians and front of house support staff.

We are looking for keen, enthusiastic and reliable people with experience or interest in theatre production, available to work weekdays, evenings and weekends throughout the year. Previous skills and technical qualifications or experience are desirable, but should not discourage interested people from applying.

The hours of work per week will vary each week and will depend on the requirements of the Theatres and at times seasonal in alignment with the Student Semester. Indicative hours will be between 4 and 16 hours per week.

The position descriptions are available here:

Technical Position Description

Front of House Position Description

This position attracts a casual base rate of $29.58 per hour plus applicable penalty rates.

To become part of this driven and passionate team environment, send your resume to

Applications close 27th June.

Interviews for the positions will be conducted in late June / early July 2021.

Induction and training will be commencing in July 2021.


Please note: Only successful candidates meeting the desirable skills will be contacted.


Union House Theatre is looking to engage two recent graduates from our community to work as Peer Mentors on our upcoming production of Nora: A Doll’s House. If you loved your time at UHT and want to instil that passion in other people, read on!

Together with UHT’s Artistic Director, Peer Mentors will be responsible for the development and implementation of initiatives to inspire student engagement in the UHT community. They are also attached to the production team for Nora: A Doll’s House and share the responsibility for mentorship of student cast members and creatives.

You are:

  • a recent alumnus in our community (around the last 5 years)
  • an ‘ideas person’ and love making things happen
  • self-motivated and easy to work with
  • energetic and willing to inspire new students
  • have good availability between July and October, including out-of-hours and weekends

EOI process:

Please send a *concise* one-page letter including the following:

Info about you: tell us when you graduated, what you loved about the UHT community, how you engaged in theatre activities during your time at Uni and how this transformed you and helped you grow.

Some ideas: to get a taste for the way you think, please provide a couple of brief examples of activities you might run or could help to facilitate which support new students to engage in theatre on campus.

Your availability: what’s your schedule like? when are you free during July through to October and are you available to attend a selection of Saturday or evening rehearsals (Wed/Thur) throughout Semester 2?

Other info:

Remuneration = $35 per hour with an estimated time commitment of 30 hours across the project.

Where Government Restrictions allow, this work will be delivered in person.

Please include your email address and phone number plus any other relevant information you feel you’d like to share.

Send to UHT Artistic Director, Xanthe Beesley

Deadline: 5pm Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

Do you enjoy thinking and writing about the performing arts?

Are you available to see shows during Semester 1 & 2 on campus, around campus or online?

We’d love to hear from you!

Applications are now open for The Dialog review team.

The review team is made up of students who are both knowledgeable and representative of the Student Theatre Community.

We have a diverse program of performances including new work, existing plays, dance, works in Mandarin, musicals, physical theatre, comedy, site-specific performance and more!

Union House Theatre is committed to forming a diverse team of reviewers to add to the critical discourse on theatrical works on campus. We are looking for current Uni Melb students:

  • from 1st year to post-grad
  • both local and international
  • that are theatre lovers and those with theatrical experience

To apply, email with the subject ‘Review Team’ – tell us a bit about yourself, your interest in theatre and why you think you would make a good reviewer (a paragraph or two is plenty).

Deadline: Wednesday 14th April 2021 at midday

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