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)
- Production Management / Stage Management
- Writing / Devising New Work
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
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?
- Ready to work peer to peer rather than teacher/student?