Queensland Theatre Launches DOOR 3 Initiative to Support Local Creatives

One major take-away from interviewing creatives and performers in the creative arts industries is that it isn’t always an easy route to take, and one you need passion and a headstrong nature to go forward with. However it is one that, especially on the creative side of the scale, greatly benefits from the support of larger organisations, government bursaries and the like to get the idea off the ground and craft that tangible production which could be the next local, interstate or international hit. Queensland Theatre is set to offer that level of support this year by launching the DOOR 3 initiative, designed to bolster local theatre productions in Queensland.

The DOOR 3 initiative will see the studio doors of Queensland Theatre, specifically the Diane Cilento Studio, open its doors for three independent theatre works selected through an open expression of interest. This pilot program for the year 2024 aims to provide a platform for local creatives to present their stories in a unique and personal manner.

DOOR 3 is not just about providing a venue; but also about extending financial, technical , marketing, ticketing and production support to the successful applicants. Each of the three selected companies will receive a $5000 cash contribution to fund their production, in addition to 100% of Box Office takings. This financial assistance is complemented by comprehensive administrative, production, and marketing support, allowing theatre makers to concentrate on their primary passion – creating theatre. Moreover, the successful applicants will gain six weeks of access to Queensland Theatre’s spaces, including the company’s extensive furniture, prop, and wardrobe store (where possible), and a wide range of support from rehearsal to production.

Queensland Theatre’s Associate Artist, Daniel Evans, has highlighted the significance of this initiative in supporting the rich tradition of independent theatre-making in Queensland:

Queensland is home to some of the most exciting indie theatre companies in the country; Matrix, Polytoxic, Imaginary, Little Red, Dead Puppet Society, Blak Social, Belloo Creative, Grin & Tonic, Counterpilot, Shock Therapy, Ad Astra, THAT Production Company, to name a few, have all created trail-blazing work that started here in Queensland and found their audiences across the nation and overseas.

Audiences love independent theatre in Queensland because it’s where the most exciting work is happening. Our indie artists in this state are as fearless as they are rigorous and, as a result, the productions beat with a loud, audacious heart.

“Working with Queensland Theatre to develop this program over the past year, we’ve thought about how generous we can make this invitation, how we can lighten the load and allow makers to spend as much time in the room where the magic happens. To create stunning, immediate and daring work for audiences.

Daniel Evans

Artistic Director Lee Lewis and Executive Director Criena Gehrke echoed Evans’ sentiments, underlining DOOR 3’s role in acknowledging and mitigating the challenges faced by theatre creatives in bringing their work to the audience:

Theatre creatives across all stages of their career know that getting a show up, in front of an audience, is a process that has many hurdles. We want to throw as many of these hurdles out the window with DOOR 3 and give more Queensland creatives the space, infrastructure and support needed to bring their stories to life.

Lee Lewis

As the state theatre company, we have a deep responsibility to support a strong theatre ecosystem in Queensland. DOOR 3 is a way for us to provide not only assistance and resources to our independent theatre makers but to champion Queensland artists on Queensland stages. We are also very grateful to the The Jelley Family Foundation, whose support for this initiative has made DOOR 3 possible

Criena Gehrke

Queensland Theatre is currently inviting applications for the DOOR 3 program. Theatre makers, collectives, and individuals based in Queensland, who have work ready for the rehearsal room and are seeking an audience, are encouraged to apply. Further details and application procedures can be found on the Queensland Theatre website, with the closing date for expressions of interest set for Sunday, 4 February 2024. If you are wanting a quick summary of what DOOR 3 program entails, click across to the next page!

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