Articles on ‘Theatre’

Melbourne’s Emily Sheehan wins 2015 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award

Emily Sheehan

Melbourne based actor and playwright Emily Sheehan has taken out the 2015 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award for her play Hell’s Canyon.   Earlier this month, the Seaborn Broughton and Walford Foundation (SBW) announced Sheehan as the winner of the $20,000 award, beating 70 submissions from across Australia. Common themes in submissions this year included domestic violence, family… Read more.

The Mother Flippin’ Life

Parenting is the toughest gig around.

I’m going to ask a big favour of you all. I’m going to ask you to bear with me. And the reason is this: I’m going to talk about babies. Or more specifically, motherhood. You knew I’d eventually get to talking about babies right? Being a first time Mum to a now 2 and a… Read more.

Australian actress Carol Burns passes away, aged 68

Founding member of the Queensland Theatre Company, Carol Burns

Sad news for the Australian arts community today with the passing of one of our most versatile and acclaimed actors, Carol Burns, after a battle with cancer. Burns’ partner of 36 years, composer and musician Alan Lawrence was at her bedside as she passed at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital earlier today (22 December). Famous for… Read more.

A world of uncertainty: Leaving my bubble

A world of uncertainty: Leaving my bubble

It’s hot today, so why not grab an iced coffee and join Joel Granger in his first column on AussieTheatre! Having moved straight from high school to WAAPA, I have never known what life outside of an institution was like since I was five years old. I’ve always been used to the security of having… Read more.

A different kind of opera: Matt McFarlane on ABC and Opera Australia’s The Divorce

Matt McFarlane

A landmark artistic event is taking place over four nights this week on ABC1 and it’s pretty darn exciting. Our national opera company (Opera Australia) and our national broadcaster (ABC TV) have come together to bring The Divorce, a unique, multi-platform project that will reinvent opera for television, film and online audiences all across the… Read more.

MTC Farewells Associate Director Leticia Cáceres

Leticia Carares

Melbourne Theatre Company announced on Thursday that Leticia Cáceres, Associate Director for the company, will leave her position at the closing of her contract in December. Of her decision, Cáceres said, ‘I’m very proud of my achievements during my time at MTC but the moment has come to explore new opportunities. My tenure has been nothing short of… Read more.

‘Coffee With’ Column returns to AussieTheatre with WAAPA graduates Matilda Moran and Joel Granger

Joel Granger (photo by Mark Flower) and Matilda Moran

Over the last few weeks, the team at have been busy putting together a content schedule for 2016, and today we can officially announce an exciting regular column which will appear exclusively on AussieTheatre for the next 12 months. AussieTheatre’s much loved “Coffee With…” column, which initially ran from 2007-2009 and featured new graduates of… Read more.

7 Christmas gift ideas for the Theatre Fan


No matter what your life looks like approaching Christmas each year, there will always be a slight cloud of organisational related dread floating above your head in December. The songs are merry, the decorations are made of glitter – a theatre person should thrive in the Christmas environment, but sadly, this is not always the… Read more.

Why an opera singer’s penis is worth more than a dancer’s

Joshua Harrison and Elijah Rohner in Naked Boys Singing. Image by Dario Gardiman

This interesting article from arts writer Andrew Taylor appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald last week. “… on the opera stage, the family jewels are worth $67.62.That’s how much a performer, male or female, should be paid for each stage rehearsal or performance at which full frontal nudity is required. In contrast, a dancer’s genitalia is only… Read more.