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:
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:
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!