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New Works at Canberra Theatre Centre

Are you…

  • A professional artist (or team of artists) who can demonstrate a strong and consistent connection to the ACT arts sector and community?
  • A maker of new performance work?
  • Able to demonstrate a record of success?
  • Ready to deliver on your ambition and idea?

Yes? We have dates and space for you.

Expressions of interest are now open for two engagements in The Courtyard Studio this year.

Are you ready to jump into the studio right now with an idea to see where it goes?


7–11 June 2021
EOIs close: Monday 17 May, 4pm

We’re offering a one-week residency for the creative development of a new performance. You’ll have access to The Courtyard Studio from Monday–Friday to explore an idea. At the end of the week, we will facilitate an invite-only industry showing to support the future of the work.

We’ll take care of all venue and associated costs, including technical support. We’ll cover artist fees for up to six artists, and you’ll have producing support from our programming team.

Apply for one week of development

Do you have a developed idea that after rehearsal, will be ready for an audience?


2–29 August 2021
EOIs close: Monday 31 May, 4pm

We’re offering four weeks in the Courtyard Studio for a production that is ready for rehearsal and presentation. You’ll have two weeks in the rehearsal room, a tech week, and five performances.

We’ll take care of all venue and associated costs, including technical, box office, and front- of-house staff. We’ll cover artist fees for up to four artists. We’ll take care of the marketing and publicity for your presentation, and you’ll have producing support from our programming and technical teams.

Apply for four weeks in The Courtyard Studio



The bold and compelling artistic voices of the performance makers of Australia’s Capital deserve to be heard, to be nurtured, to be amplified, and to be respected as vibrant contributors to the national cultural conversation.

We’re reinvigorating our commitment to supporting the development and presentation of new performance work. This multi-year approach to the development of original, contemporary performance made by Canberra’ best professional performances makers will support teams of experienced artists who have a demonstrated and consistent connection to the Canberra community.

We want to explore new ideas, ignite new collaborations and partnerships, and to present these new performances in our venue.

In addition to offering access to The Courtyard Studio, we’ll provide mentorships and professional development opportunities during this time in our venue.

For more information, contact us: