Griffin is the only theatre company in the country entirely dedicated to the development and production of new Australian plays. For the last forty 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.
The Girgensohn Foundation have been vital supporters of Griffin. Initially in their support of our Storylab program back in 2012/2013; a program that supported cross-cultural and cross-artform performance making with young artists from diverse backgrounds, and now as long-time Production Patrons, allowing us to bring works to stage that would have been otherwise impossible. Works they have made possible are: Michele Lee’s Rice (2017), Nick Coyle’s Feather in the Web (2018) and Suzie Miller’s Prima Facie (2019). They also supported a technical upgrade of the SBW Stables Theatre in 2017 and are the current Production Patron’s for Kendall Feaver’s Wherever She Wanders.
The Malcolm Robertson Foundation generously support our Griffin Studio and Griffin Scratch programs, both of which support emerging artists. Griffin Studio specifically provides career pathways for promising directors, writers and dramaturgs.
The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund make possible our annual Griffin Award – a prestigious literary award for Australian playwrights.
The Robertson Foundation supports the Griffin Ambassadors program, which provides a pathway for young people to experience the wonders of theatre. Since 2004, this program has provided 100 school students in years 10-12 to attend a series of workshops and performances that offers them insights into the inner workings of a theatre company, whether that be playwrighting, directing, acting or technical production. Many current staff members are in fact Ambassadors alumni!