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Support an exciting new future for independent theatre and regional artists.

Critical Stages Touring is Australia’s national touring theatre company. Each year we tour outstanding theatrical productions to audiences right around Australia, helping to make live theatre accessible to audiences everywhere, especially in regional, rural and remote Australia. In 2021, despite border closures and lockdowns, we toured no less than 10 original Australian shows, reaching over 14,000 ticket holders in 36 different towns and communities in 6 states and territories.

We need your support to help us continue to build an exciting future for our artists and our audiences. This is a time of great change for Australia and the world, and especially for the performing arts. Travel and touring of performing arts continues to be reshaped, not only in response to Covid-19, but also as we consider the world we want to create on the other side – one that considers a reduced carbon footprint and better care for our environment as we move forwards into the future.

Critical Stages Touring has been busy adapting to the digital realm and thanks to considerable investment, and an amzing team who have made every pivot possible, we are emerging as one of the leading digital theatrical producers. We are in the process of re-adapting our website for more digital distribution and connection taking our successful shows, indy forums, and made-for-digital productions, to support the independent arts sector.

We are very proud of these initiatives. In 2021 we launched our first streaming education productions reaching students in places where access to theatre is impossible, and at home during extended lockdowns. We also filmed five of our stage productions which went on to digital seasons with major venue partners in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria, and co-produced our first work with Australian Theatre Live. Our capacity to create hybrid live/stream events is something we are very excited about continuing in future.

We were also able to produce a second season of Come To Where I Am – our playwriting and performance program inspired by a project from UK touring company Paines Plough. With their collaboration, we extended this program to Australia and have engage 24 theatre-makers based in regional and remote locations around the country to create short 10 minute responses to what life has been like this year in their home town. Artists create video postcards, a snapshot of what it is like to live in their part of the country. Season One and Two are now available to view in the CST Screening Room.

The CST Screening Room is where we screen new projects, education opportunities, and our indy theatre forums. Since 2020 we’ve been working to digitally capture our live productions, as well as develop original online entertainment content that is accessible from anywhere. With so much online content being offered for free, we are very pleased to have created a platform where independent artists can earn an income from streaming their creative work, and where independent productions can continue to live on and reach new audiences.

As a very small not-for-profit organisation, each year we rely on the generosity of private individuals like yourself to make our work possible. We would love you to consider supporting our new projects.

Your donation is entirely tax-deductible and will be used entirely to support our artists, as well as supporting access to exciting contemporary performance for audiences around Australia. Donations can be made quickly and simply today via the button below or the downloadable form.

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Thank You

Critical Stages Touring would like to thank all our generous supporters! Our work would not be possible without the support of our partners.

We are currently supported by the following Government Arts Funding Agencies:

  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • Arts Queensland
  • City of Sydney
  • Create NSW
  • Creative Victoria

Thank you also to the following foundations and organisations currently supporting us:

And thanks to all the supporters of our Individual Giving Program, including:

  • Tanveer Ahmed
  • Rohan Astley
  • Roger Bendall
  • Alexandra Bowen
  • Pamela & Barry Brentnall
  • Kirrilly Brentnall
  • Nicholas Brill & Sarah MacDonald
  • Danielle Carroll
  • Daniel Clarke
  • Michael Crouch
  • Michael Dengler
  • Chris Drummond
  • Arani Duggan
  • Patricia Gilligan
  • Joy Harbridge
  • Anne-Marie Heath
  • Rose Hiscock
  • Rhys Holden
  • Jacqueline Hornjik
  • Robert Housley
  • Vanessa Hutchins
  • Keith Irving
  • Shane Anthony Jones
  • Jane Kreis
  • Ann Larson
  • Robert Lazo
  • Ross Le Clerc
  • Robert Love
  • Katherine Lyall-Watson
  • James Marshall
  • Olivia McArdle
  • Joel McGuinness
  • Amanda Mostyn
  • Bali Padda
  • Prue Pateras
  • Forbes Pratt
  • Tamara Press
  • Sian Roberts
  • Kerry Saul
  • Danielle Shankey
  • Deborah Sintras
  • Robyn Smith
  • Jill Standfield
  • Angela Stratton
  • Catherine Sullivan
  • Mark Thomas
  • Steve & Hellie Turner