Independent theatre producers, artists and companies

Thanks to support from the Australia Council and Playing Australia’s National Touring Status from 2018-2020, Critical Stages Touring supports an annual program of live performance travelling across Australia each year. Our support from Create NSW allows us to tour up to two further works by NSW based artists each year to community venues around NSW.

In 2017 we launched our first open call-out to artists looking to tour around Australia, and especially to regional Australia. Watch this space for the date of our next open call out. 

Productions

What we are looking for in touring productions:

  • New Australian work that is innovative, of outstanding quality and with clear and demonstrated audience appeal.
  • Contemporary Australian text-based drama, contemporary music theatre or cabaret theatre works.
  • Original cross-disciplinary works for family audiences.
  • Productions where thematic material or narrative content is relevant to regional audiences.
  • Outstanding and original independent artistic voices.
  • Live performance experiences where there is the opportunity for a unique and original strategy for participation and engagement especially for regional audiences.
  • It must be a work of outstanding quality in all areas, especially in terms of performances, writing and direction.
  • It must have received strong critical and/or audience acclaim.
  • If the work has already premiered you must have strong production imagery, video footage that is suitable for promotion on social media and local television, plus strong reviews. Vox pops of audience reactions are ideal.

Potential productions should be able to fulfil the following:

  • It must be a work of outstanding quality in all areas, especially in terms of performances, writing and direction.
  • It must have received strong critical and/or audience acclaim.
  • If the work has already premiered you must have strong production imagery, video footage that is suitable for promotion on social media and local television, plus strong reviews. Vox pops of audience reactions are ideal.
  • We are particularly keen to support works from First Nations writers, performers and producers and those of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.
  • We are interested in work that is innovative and original in content or form, and that advances the form of theatre.
  • We are interested in work that has a strong and considered approach to community engagement – ie how are you going to engage a regional audience in this work? Are there original ways that you can interact with audiences around the themes of the production, offer Q and A’s or masterclasses, use local artists in your work or more. Are you interested in any form of residency in regional Australia, involving local communities in the development of a new work while you are on the road?
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What to do next – Invite Us!

If you think you have a show that is perfect for touring with Critical Stages Touring, we’d love to hear from you. Do invite us to see your show and give us plenty of notice. We try to see as much as we can, but do make sure you take great archive video and production photography while its on in case we can’t make it along.

With thanks!

Chris Bendall, CEO
Melanie Carolan, Creative Producer

Residencies

ARTIST & PRODUCER RESIDENCIES

Are you sick of working from home?

Here at Critical Stages Touring we are throwing open our doors and inviting you to share our office as a creative and administrative space.

We are looking for a dynamic and driven NSW-based independent producer, company, collective or theatre maker to join us as a resident for the next 12 months.

The residency provides free working space, infrastructure, support, and mentor advice, drawing on the collective knowledge of professional producers and arts administrators. Use us as a sounding board to help you get your next artistic project up and running or in taking your company to the next level.

 What we are offering:

  • Access to office infrastructure – internet, photocopying, fax, phone, stationary supplies, kitchen facilities, meeting facilities;
  • The residency will be active from May to December 2019 
  • One on one mentoring to look at company planning – long and short term, marketing strategy, publicity and touring potential;
  • Regular networking opportunities with other residents and industry guests to share resources and knowledge;
  • Limited access to our meeting rooms (which can double as small rehearsal spaces), plus office biscuits and much more…!

Previous residents’ feedback:

“The camaraderie from both Critical Stages and our fellow Residents has broadened our networks and made us feel included in the independent arts sector.” (Crack Theatre Festival)

“We found the residency useful for throwing around ideas with peers in an environment that was more collegiate than competitive.” (Arthur Theatre Company)

“It has been great for our management team to have a regular space to work in and this has had a profound affect on our productivity and professional practice.” (Matriark Theatre Company)

Applications for the 2019/2020 residencies are now open. To apply simply email info@criticalstages.com.au by COB Friday 26th April. Your email should include:

  • short overview about your company and your creative practice
  • your plans for 2019/2020
  • how sharing an office with Critical Stages would assist your work

Forums

INDY THEATRE FORUMS

Every few months we host theatre forums for the NSW independent theatre sector. These are opportunities for the sector to gather, network and talk about the current big issues facing independent theatre artists. Our next events are:

  • Monday 6th May 2019, The Arts Exchange, The Rocks NSW
  • Thursday 31st October, 2019, Tamworth, NSW – in association with ArtState

In addition we will host an event at Parramatta Riverside, time/date TBA