CAAP Directors Initiative with 3 state theatre companies

​Queensland Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company have announced the CAAP Directors Initiative, aimed at unearthing, nurturing and developing Asian Australian directors for the stage.


CAAP Directors Initiative with 3 state theatre companies

Together the four companies are committed to working to identify, develop and embedAsian Australian directors in the three largest state theatre companies in Australia.

CAAP Directors Initiative offers a tailored training program over two years for selectedparticipants in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.

The first year will include directing workshops, close up observation of mainstageproductions and a range of professional development and networking opportunities. In itssecond year, the program will provide hands-on directorial training and engagement with thehost companies.

The Initiative begins with an initial one-week workshop in each city, which will provide high levelskills training and an opportunity for each of the Company directors to identify potentialcandidates for the full two-year program.

QT Artistic Director Sam Strong said: ‘Queensland Theatre is thrilled to be partnering withCAAP and MTC and STC on a Director’s Initiative. We all share a commitment to nurturingthe next generation of artists and to making our companies, stories and audiencesrepresentative of contemporary Australian society. I’m especially grateful to Annette ShunWah for her leadership of the initiative and to Queensland Theatre’s Associate ArtisticDirector Paige Rattray, who has already collaborated with CAAP on an intensive for AsianAustralian performers and who will be spearheading the Director’s Initiative at QT.’

MTC Artistic Director Brett Sheehy said, ‘MTC is delighted to be a part of the CAAPDirectors Initiative along with our friends at Queensland Theatre and Sydney TheatreCompany. Together we will be offering ongoing opportunities to nurture and develop thenext generation of Asian Australian directors.’

STC Artistic Director Kip Williams said: ‘Sydney Theatre Company is committed to seeingmore diverse stories on our stages and we are proud to be working with QT and MTC on theCAAP Directors initiative. We are delighted to build on our already strong partnership withCAAP and I’m looking forward to working with these talented emerging directors during theirtime here at STC.’

CAAP is a Sydney-based company dedicated to developing contemporary Asian Australianperformance. Led by Executive Producer Annette Shun Wah it aims to engender greatercultural diversity in every level of the theatre sector. In partnership with Playwriting Australia,

CAAP’s LOTUS Playwriting Project fulfilled its goal of developing a new generation of AsianAustralian playwrights. Four LOTUS plays were produced in 2017 alone, Single AsianFemale by Michelle Law, Blue Bones by Merlynn Tong, Coloured Aliens by Chi Vu andAustralian Graffiti by Disapol Savetsila. The success of LOTUS has inspired the CAAPDirectors Initiative, which will have a similarly profound impact on the cultural landscape.

Queensland Theatre

Applications open: 16 February 2018
Directing workshop: 12-16 March 2018

Facilitated by Associate Artistic Director Paige Rattray

Sydney Theatre Company -
Applications open: 26 March 2018
Directing workshop: 14-18 May 2018
Facilitated by Directing Associate Jessica Arthur

Melbourne Theatre Company
Applications open: 2 April 2018
Directing workshop: 14-18 May 2018
Facilitated by Associate Directors Sarah Goodes and Dean Bryant