Mentorship

Union House Theatre provides students a unique opportunity to be mentored by our professional staff. We also have a pool of creatives from various disciplines that we can connect you with should you be interested in developing in a particular area.  

In the office, we have a broad range of experience that you can draw from. 

Our focus is to improve engagement, connection and empowerment of students at University of Melbourne.   

What Mentorships are available within UHT?   

  • Artistic Director / Theatre Direction   
  • Arts Administration / Marketing   
  • Production Management   
  • Technical (Sound, Light)   
  • Stage Carpentry / Set Building    
  • Acting / Performance 

Our Mentorship Pool includes disciplines like: 

  • Comedy (Performance/ Writing) 
  • Music Theatre (Performance / Writing new musicals) 
  • Devising Techniques 
  • Shakespeare (Performance / Devising from the text) 
  • Physical Theatre (Movement for stage / Stage Combat) 
  • Choreography 
  • Direction 
  • Production Management / Stage Management 
  • Writing / Devising New Work 

Contact us

Please let us know if you are keen to pursue a mentorship with our staff or someone from our mentorship pool by filling out this online form: https://umsucs.typeform.com/to/Z7wkUd   

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Ways to describe a mentor relationship   

A relationship based on wisdom, guidance, support and networking  
A partnership of mutual benefit  
A relationship that helps create shortcuts
A creative friendship  
About thinking in the long term not providing for the quick short term  
A learning relationship  
A sharing experience and a sharing of experience  
Mentoring is about peer to peer interaction, not work experience.   

 

What is mentoring?   

Mentoring is a partnership between a more experienced person (mentor) and someone less experienced (mentee).   

A planned or structured mentoring process supports a partnership for a set period of time with an established professional and a young person who is studying or has just finished studying.    

 

We would hope that mentoring partnerships:   

  • Create a relationship that supports career development   
  • Are based on a mutually beneficial exchange   
  • Place attention on the ‘big-picture’ perspective   
  • Enhance personal and professional growth   
  • Focus on effectiveness and the needs of the mentee   
  • Foster care and support   
  • Encourage a mentee to develop their fullest potential    

 

Outcomes may include:

  • Increased confidence   
  • Improved networks and higher profile   
  • New skills   
  • New perspectives   
  • Increased knowledge of the area of interest / industry   
  • Identified next steps   
  • Better communication with UHT / breaking down the invisible barriers of the office   

 

Checklist for mentees   

  • Is this the right time in my life for a mentor?   
  • Can I take constructive criticism?   
  • Do I have the ability and desire to learn new things about my practice and myself?   
  • Do I need a mentor primarily to:   
    • Guide me in my creative process
    •  Be a ‘sounding board’ for my ideas
    •  Support me through to the end of my project
    •  Help me learn more about the ‘ins and outs’ of the industry?
  • What agreement will I make with my mentor: 
    •  How often would I like to meet?
    •  How can we keep in contact?
    •  What should we do together?
    •  What are mentor’s responsibilities and time commitments? What do I expect of them?   
    •  What we should do if something goes wrong or if one of us is unhappy in the partnership?   
  •  Am I   
    •  Open to new ideas, ways of doing things and to taking risks?  
    •  Clear about where I want to go next?   
    •  Ready to get direct feedback?   
    •  Committed to developing my talent and career?    
    • Interested in achieving personal growth and professional goals?   
    •  Too time poor? Do I actually have enough time to do this?   
    •  Willing to stay positive and accessible?   
    • Ready to trust my mentor?   
    • Confident enough to work independently and take initiative?   
    • Organised?   
    • Ready to work peer to peer rather than teacher/student?