We are passionate about nurturing the future of Australian theatre and theatremakers. Every year we offer a diverse range of programs that contribute to developing, supporting and producing new Australian playwriting.
There are a variety of ways that artists can become a part of Griffin ecosystem. Whether it’s through initiatives like Griffin Studio, Griffin Ambassadors, or the Griffin Award, by joining our Artist Membership program, or by coming up to the office to have a chat with the Artistic Team, artists are an integral part of the working life of Griffin.
If you share our passion for making the best contemporary theatre, we want to hear from you! If you have a show on around town that you would like us to see, or if you would like to book a time to meet with the Artistic Team, please email us at [email protected].
Whether you’re building your own career in the theatre, have immense curiosity for all things behind the scenes, or want creative insight into how an idea travels from the page to the stage, for just $5 a month (um, bargain!), you can sign up for an Artist Membership, which will grant you exclusive access to some of the most exciting artistic brains in Australia.
Join our Grif-family and engage in monthly workshops, broaden your network of collaborators and ask the questions you’ve always wanted answered in artist-only Q&As with key artists from every show across our season.
Batch Festival is Griffin’s three-week fiesta of shows concocted by some of the wildest and most inventive artists in the country. An exciting new ‘batch’ of theatremakers and storytellers from across Australia take over Griffin’s iconic Stables stage and beyond, showcasing their fresh and exciting wares.
Batch Festival is taking some COVID-related time off in 2021. There are still plenty of other ways to connect to us as an artist in the meantime!
Incubator – NSW Theatre (Emerging) Fellowship is set up in partnership with Create NSW to support artist development across the theatre industry in NSW.
Four emerging theatre practitioners in the early stages of their career will be selected for a three-month residency at Griffin Theatre Company to undertake creative development of new work and professional mentorship with the company. The shortlisted applicants will explore their project with input and support from Griffin to challenge and expand their practice.
At the completion of the three months, the Fellowship recipient will be selected from the shortlist to undertake a self-directed program of professional development.
Griffin Theatre Company holds general auditions annually. These auditions are a chance for us to meet new actors who are passionate about Australian plays. We are interested in meeting adult actors, who are based in Sydney, with at least three years training or three years of professional acting experience who have not previously auditioned for Griffin. You might be a new graduate, new to Sydney, or an actor without an agent.
Running successfully since 2004, Griffin Ambassadors is an annual access-all-areas program for year 10 to 12 students supported by the Robertson Foundation. The year-long program is stocked with a hearty menu of workshops, performances and access to industry professionals, all geared to support the next generation of theatre-goers and theatremakers.
Ambassadors are united by a common curiosity about contemporary Australian stories, a love of theatre and the motivation to know more!
Griffin Scratch is designed as an opportunity to work up early drafts, share ideas in development and let fly on outright experiments—it’s your chance to showcase a glimpse of your work in front of a (lovely) audience.
We’re running Griffin Scratch nights across 2021 and we’re looking for your bold, challenging and ambitious ideas that are itching to get out. And with a one page submission—it couldn’t be easier. We promise.
The first Griffin Scratch for 2021 will be held on Friday 26 March, after Jali by Oliver Twist. If you’re keen to test out your ideas on the Stables stage in March or later down the track in 2021, express your interest now!
Now in its 10th year, Griffin Studio is the most successful program in Australia for providing artists with pathways to the mainstage. Throughout 2021, each Studio Resident will develop one or more projects with support from Griffin’s artistic team, while undertaking workshops on aspects of playwrighting and theatremaking. Residents are deeply embedded in the fabric of the company, as they attend Opening Nights; get behind-the-scenes peeks of our 2021 shows; sit on our programming committee, helping to shape future seasons.
Our Studio Artists for 2021 are Phoebe Grainer, Nathan Harrison, Diana Popovska, Taofia Pelesasa and Dylan Van Den Berg.