Queensland Theatre Company

Queensland Theatre CompanyThe Queensland Theatre Company, founded in 1970, is Queensland, Australia’s flagship professional theater company. It was created to fulfill the Australia Council’s decision to fund a state theater company in every state. The Queensland government had the options of promoting a local amateur company to professional status or starting a new company, but the board created in 1969 to make this decision failed to come to an agreement. After an intervention by the Australia Council, the Royal Queensland Theatre Company was established and granted statutory recognition in 1970. It was the first federally funded professional theater company in Queensland. The company petitioned for and was granted a royal charter in 1984 (the only one in Australia’s theatrical history); however, the “royal” was eventually dropped due to changing moods within the company.

Encouraging artistic growth across the state has always been an important part of the work the Queensland Theatre Company does. This is achieved through its writing, emerging artists, and regional partnerships programs. The company also has a youth and education program designed to inspire and help develop young people. It includes, among others, specially designed education performances, a playwriting program, and theater skills courses.

Since 2002, the Queensland Theatre Company has been housed in South Brisbane in a building specifically built for the company which finally brought all of its sections together under one roof. The site includes two theaters, the Mainhouse and the Greenhouse. Every year, the company has two seasons. There is a season of mainstage productions which features new Australian works, classic dramas, and comedies. For those who want to experience something different, the Studio Season has theater which “breaks the rules.” The 2013 Queensland Theatre Company productions include:

  • Red starring Colin Friels
  • Other Desert Cities starring Robert Colby and Rebecca Davis
  • End of the Rainbow with Christen O’Leary
  • Design for Living with Jason Klarwein, Kellie Lazarus, and Tama Matheson.
  • The Pitch with Hugh Parker and The China Incident with Barbara Lowing
  • Venus in Fur starring Todd MacDonald and Libby Munro
  • 1001 Nights starring traditional Persian musicians Pezhvak
  • Trollop with Amy Ingram

Perth Theatre Company

perth theatre companyThe Perth Theatre company is located at the following address:
178 William Street
Perth, WA 6000

Their contact details are as follows:

  • (08) 6212 9399
  • Email = frontdesk@perththeatre.com.au
  • Facebook =  facebook.com/perththeatrecompany
  • Twitter = @PerthTheatreCo

For details about the Perth Theatre Company in North America, please refer to:

  • Elsie Management
  • Laura Colby, Director
  • Phone:  +1(718)797‑4577
  • Email =  info@elsieman.org
  • Facebook = Elsie Management

Melbourne Theatre Company

Melbourne Theatre Company

The Melbourne Theatre Company is Australia’s oldest professional theater company. During the course of its 60-year history, the company has presented over 750 main stage productions and many tours, workshops, readings, and education shows.

John Sumner founded the company in 1953, originally calling it the Union Theatre Repertory Company. It started out based at the Union Theatre of the University of Melbourne’s Student Union building. Sumner intended to present a series of plays during the time when the theater was not being used by student drama societies. His idea was a success and the Union Theatre became Australia’s first professional repertory theater.

Today, the Melbourne Theatre Company is headquartered in Sturt Street with the Southbank Theatre in Southbank’s Melbourne’s Arts Precinct as its performance home. The Southbank houses both the 500-seat Sumner Theatre and the 150-seat Lawler Theatre, as well several rentable function rooms and the Script Bar and Bistro. Current and upcoming productions by the Melbourne Theatre Company include:

  • The Cherry Orchard with Pamela Rabe and Robert Menzies
  • Rupert, a play by David Williamson about Richard Murdoch with Guy Edmonds as Young Rupert and Sean O’Shea as Murdoch’s 82-year-old self
  • The Beast written by Eddie Perfect, a star of the tv series Offspring
  • The Australian premiere of The Mountaintop starring Bert LaBonte and Zahra Newman
  • For the whole family, The Book of Everything with Matthew Whittet and Andrea Demetriades

In addition to its production schedule, the Melbourne Theatre Company will also hold a memorial service for John Sumner, the theater company’s founding artistic director. The service will take place on October 11, 2013 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

Street parking near the Southbank Theatre is limited, but there are many secure car parks within walking distance. Visitors can also take the rail to Flinders Street Station and walk south down St. Kilda Road. A south-bound tram (which you can also catch from Flinders Street Station/Federation square stop) along route numbers 1, 2, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, and 72 goes down Southbank Boulevard, right past Southbank Theatre.

The Melbourne Theatre company is located at the following address:
140 Southbank Boulevard
Southbank VIC 3006

You can give the Box Office a call on the following number:
(03) 8688 0800

If you need to get in touch with persons from the Administration, here are their details:

252 Sturt Street
Southbank VIC 3006
(03) 8688 0900

Sydney Theatre Company

Sydney Theatre Company

The Sydney Theatre Company is a state theatre company based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

It was founded in December 1978, 1 month after the Olde Tote Theatre Company (the state theater company from 1968 to 1978) closed due to financial issues. Elizabeth Butcher, the administrator of the Olde Tote, was approached by the Hon. Neville Wran to set up a new state theater company with a grant from the New South Wales government. Butcher suggested the name of the Sydney Theatre Company and worked to create a managerial structure and establish the companies legal identity.

For the first few years, Sydney Theatre Company was run out of several rented properties around Sydney. In that time they produced 38 productions in 5 different venues. During that time, the administrator (Butcher) was looking for a single location that could permanently house the company and have enough space for a theater. After a long, exhaustive search, Butcher recommended the long-neglected Walsh Bay Wharf 4/5.

It took over 3 years to get the funding ($3.5 million) and 14.5 months to complete the renovations of the old wharf warehouse in Walsh Bay. When the project was finished, the Wharf was handed over to the Sydney Theatre Company on December 13, 1984. The company’s first production in the Wharf Theatre, Late Arrivals (written by Pamela van Amstel and directed by Wayne Harrison), took place on January 17, 1985. Over the years many other arts companies and organizations followed the example of the Sydney Theatre Company and have premises in Walsh Bay, turning the area into a booming arts and residential district.

Today, the Sydney Theatre Company continues to produce a diverse program of plays in the Wharf Theatre (now known as Wharf 1), the Sydney Theatre, and the Sydney Opera House, and tours nationally and internationally. Current and upcoming productions include:

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead starring Tim Minchin and Toby Schmitz
  • Romeo and Juliet with Eryn Jean Norvill as Juliet in her debut STC role
  • Waiting for Godot starring Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh
  • Vere (Faith) starring Paul Blackwell

The Sydney Theatre Company is located at the following address:
Pier 4, Hickson Road
Walsh Bay NSW 2000

You can get in touch with the Box Office via these phone numbers:
Tel: (02) 9250 1777
Fax: (02) 9247 3584

Theatre Staff and Income Protection Insurance

income protection insurancePersons employed in the theatre industry within Australia need to make sure that they are financially covered should they become sick or injured and are able to work.

The physical demands of many occupations within the theatre industry unfortunately means that many workers in this sector are at a higher risk of sickness and injury. The most obvious and direct impact to the majority of workers in this regard is the inability to earn an income.

A common method to protect against this scenario is via an income protection insurance quotes. This is a type of insurance policy that provides financial protection if you become sick or injured for a significant period of time. Note, this type of insurance policy is not designed to cover you if you are simply off work sick or injured for a few days – it there to cover you for more serious and significant periods of being off work.

Most of the large insurance companies throughout Australia offer this type of insurance policy, so finding a reputable insurer is not normally an issue. You will, however, want to shop around and compare policies and prices. www.IncomeProtectionMarket.com.au is just one such website that offers an income protection insurance comparison feature. These types of sites can provide free quotes from a wide selection of insurers, thereby saving you the hassle of ringing around between each of them yourself.

Once you have gotten a few quotes, like any financial product, you should speak with your accountant or financial adviser. They will be able to review the PDS provided to you and help you decide on the most appropriate product for you. The important thing here for any Australian theatre worker though is, to make sure that you have financial protection in place should serious sickness or injury strike.

Cover Yourself with Professional Indemnity Insurance

Professional Indemnity Insurance AustraliaA common question that we receive from persons engaged in the theatre industry throughout Australia, is whether they in fact require professional indemnity insurance.

To answer that question, one must first understand what this insurance product is in order to make an assessment as to whether is required for their personal circumstances. Professional indemnity insurance is generally designed for persons or companies that provide professional services or advice. It provides cover against claims that these services you provide caused some type of financial loss to your customers or clients.

With this in mind, it can be seen that professional indemnity insurance might apply to occupations involved in the Australian theatre industry in the following regards: stage consultants, production advisers, safety consultants, information technology, just to name a few.

Professional indemnity insurance Australia makes good sense for persons whose occupation falls into this category.  The potential financial losses if successful claim was made against you could be significant.

Speak to your financial consultant or accountant today to discuss this matter further with them. Consider multiple offerings from the various insurance companies that offer this product, to ensure that you get a good deal on your professional indemnity policy. Your adviser / accountant will be able to assess your own unique requirements in this regard, and will be able to advise you on the most appropriate product for you.