Making New Work from the Archives

Workshop series facilitated by Liv Satchell (co-director of Nora: A Doll’s House and UHT Writer in Residence 2020/21)

Get creative, make friends and have fun whilst learning how to develop your own original ideas for performance.

The University of Melbourne has one of the longest histories of student theatre in Australia. In the last 20 years alone, over 150 individual student theatre groups have taken part in presenting a staggering 535 productions. This rich history is documented in the Melbourne University Student Theatre (MUST) online archive, which is bursting at the seams. Wherever you look, you can uncover students finding new and innovative ways to tell the stories on stage that have mattered to them.

This six-week workshop series is an exciting chance to look back as a way of looking forward – to see what has been possible over the last 20 years in student theatre on campus as a springboard for writing your own page in the MUST history book!

Whether you’ve been making theatre for years, or never been involved before, this series will give you the tools to generate your own creative ideas and learn how to communicate them to potential collaborators and to the people who can support your work.

You will even get the chance to put these skills into practice, pitching your idea for a new work of theatre based on the MUST archive to the University of Melbourne Theatre Board (who will select one project to commission as a Semester One production in 2023!).

Workshop times and important dates:

Weekly workshops: Wednesdays from 10 August to 14 September
Workshop times: Wednesdays, 3pm-6pm.
Pitching session: Friday 16 September, afternoon (exact time TBC)

Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a preview performance of Melbourne Theatre Company’s upcoming production Laurinda after the first workshop on Wednesday 10 August, 7:30PM.

How to apply:

Download the Application Pack for more information on how to apply here: 

Application Pack - PDF

Submit your Expression of Interest here:

Expressions of Interest close Wednesday 3 August, 5PM AEST.

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This project is supported by the University of Melbourne Theatre Board and Union House Theatre. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we work and pay our respects to Indigenous Elders past and present. Sovereignty has never been ceded. It always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.