AMPAG welcomes the Melbourne Theatre Company’s new Women Directors Program, with 13 women chosen to participate out of more than 70 applications.
Artistic Director Brett Sheehy said the program was in response to the under-representation of women directors on Australian theatre stages.
AMPAG has been monitoring the representation of women in theatre for the past two years. In 2013 the AMPAG theatre companies produced 80 plays of which 31 had female directors. However, some of these plays were co-produced and so were counted in more than one company’s seasonal report. In addition many companies’ artistic directors directed a number of plays in their seasons—therefore the gender of the artistic director can have an impact on the figures reported.
Belvoir appointed two young women directors earlier last year as the company’s Resident Directors—Adena Jacobs and Anne-Louise Sarks—whom Artistic Director Ralph Myers described at the time as ‘extraordinary young directors’.
Participants in MTC’s year-long Women Directors Program will have the opportunity to pitch work to MTC for production, and receive regular mentoring support from the Company’s artistic and management staff.
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