Griffin is the only theatre company in the country entirely dedicated to the development and production of new Australian plays. For the last 40 years, we have been one of the great engine rooms of Australian theatre, passionately working to nurture new Australian artists and ensure that ambitious, bold, courageous, urgent and nationally relevant stories get from a page onto a stage.
Beyond our annual season of plays, Griffin is passionate about assisting members of our community in finding enjoyment, wonder, self–recognition and imaginative escape through theatre. We currently host one dedicated matinee performance for every Main Season production for members of the local community who would otherwise have limited access to the performing arts. For many attendees, a community performance at Griffin is the first time they have seen a professional play. We also run a highly successful Ambassadors program, which allows school students invaluable access to shows and workshops with industry professionals.
The generous financial support of Trusts and Foundations is critical to maintaining and expanding these programs and we’re enormously grateful to our current partners in these areas. If you feel that you could support any of Griffins programs in future years, please contact Development Manager Frankie Greene on (02) 9332 1052 or [email protected].
The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund
The Griffin Award is one of Australia’s most prestigious literary awards for playwrights and has kick-started some of our country’s leading, contemporary writers including Suzie Miller, Mark Rogers and Angus Cerini. Now in its 20th year, the award would not be possible without the ongoing support of the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
Initially through their support of our Storylab program back in 2012/2013, and now as long-time Production Patrons, the Girgensohn Foundation allows Griffin to bring works to the stage that would have been otherwise impossible, including: Michele Lee’s Rice (2017), Nick Coyle’s Feather in the Web (2018) and Suzie Miller’s Prima Facie (2019). The Foundation also supported a technical upgrade of the SBW Stables Theatre in 2017, and are the Production Patrons for Kendall Feaver’s Wherever She Wanders in our 2021 Season.
Malcolm Robertson Foundation
Generously funding our Griffin Studio and Griffin Scratch programs, the Malcolm Robertson Foundation support Griffin’s flagship programs for emerging artists. Griffin Studio specifically provides career pathways for promising directors, writers and dramaturgs. They are also supporting the commission of a new work, to be developed in 2021.
The Neilson Foundation
As our Company Patrons, the Neilson Foundation allows us to dream big, take risks and put new work on stage with confidence. Their support allows us to make work we otherwise wouldn’t have thought possible.
The Griffin Ambassadors program provides a pathway for young people to experience the power and joy of Australian theatre, and without the support of the Robertson Foundation, it simply wouldn’t be possible. Since 2004, this program has provided 100 school students in years 10-12 the chance to attend a series of workshops and performances that offers them insights into the inner workings of a theatre company, whether that be playwriting, directing, acting or technical production.