Support for Artists
Merrigong fosters professional theatre-making in our region through our Make it @Merrigong program - commissioning, developing and producing new theatre works in-house, and supporting the development and presentation of work by independent artists.
Throughout the year we present opportunities for you to engage with this work through various performance platforms.
Merrigong produces at least one full scale professional theatre show per year, and assembles a creative team according to the needs of each production. Actors are chosen by the director, and we often hold auditions for roles. We do not hold open auditions. However, we are always interested in hearing from artists who we haven't worked with before, so please feel free to send us your CV or bio.
Made at Merrigong
Applications have closed for 2018. Stay tuned for 2019 application details for independent artists who need assistance with developing a new work.
Merrigong Studio Sessions
Merrigong supports independent artists/groups to develop their work by providing access to studio space. Information on how to apply is advertised in the Merrigong Arts Bulletin.
The work of an independent artist/group is eligible for development through Studio Sessions if:
• The independent artist/group is local or has a local connection
• The work is new
• The work extends the art form by engaging with contemporary theatre practice
• The work provides a new experience for our audiences
• The work addresses Merrigong's artistic vision - "to make exceptional theatre that tells stories of local relevance, but universal resonance"
Opportunities for independent artists/groups to develop new work are either through invitation or through an application process as advertised in the Merrigong Arts Bulletin. The selection process is undertaken by members of Merrigong's artistic team and an external assessor.
A development process can include the creative development of a new script/devised theatre/physical theatre/dance piece/music theatre working with actors/director/script editor/dramaturg/mentor/consultant and culminating in a work in progress showing.
Studio Sessions presentations are the first public outing of new works by local independent artists/groups. Each year we select three new innovative theatre works that have been developed on site to present in front of an audience. There is no application process; the works are selected and curated by Merrigong's artistic team in consultation with the independent artist/group.
For more info, email us here
Enjoy ‘work-in-progress’ readings/showings of the works we have in the works, possibly destined for your stage in future seasons. Get the inside scoop, and join us afterwards for an informal post-show chat where you’ll have your chance to give us feedback and have some input into the development of the work.
In 2018 we’ll be popping the champagne as our new Made from Scratch program sails into The Music Lounge at The Wollongong Town Hall! Made from Scratch is four fabulously fringy nights of fun featuring some of the freshest cuts from the Illawarra. Enjoy raw and rare talent showcasing everything from comedy, poetry, music, dance, cabaret, circus and script! And of course the bar!
Got something you’d like to try? Call-outs for performers are now open! Merrigong supports independent artists/groups to develop their work by providing access to studio space. For information on how to apply, download the expression of interest.
Up-and-coming comedians in the region take part in Australia’s biggest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition. Why not give it a try yourself?
Playwrights - Script Submissions
Merrigong does not accept unsolicited scripts from playwrights. Scripts sent to the company will be acknowledged, but unfortunately we cannot commit to reading them or providing feedback. We recommend that playwrights access the services provided by Playwriting Australia (www.pwa.org.au), the national organisation working with playwrights and theatre artists from all backgrounds and at all levels of their careers.
Some funding bodies, including Arts NSW, require individuals, partnerships, groups or other unincorporated organisations to be auspiced by an incorporated organisation. Merrigong offers an auspicing service to independent artists/groups for grant applications they wish to submit to further develop projects that:
• Have already had support through Studio Sessions
• Are recognised by Merrigong to have artistic merit
• Are deemed to have a future beyond Merrigong's involvement
Merrigong Theatre Company has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW.
Please click here to contact the Merrigong team.
2016 Photos: 1. Merrigong RUFF workshop; 2. Letters to Lindy reading; 3. Merrigong Studio Sessions rehearsel. Photos by Tracey Muir at Merrigong Theatre