Our annual April – December Season is the cornerstone of The Blue Room Theatre’s artistic program. Each year, it sees independent new works offered unparalleled support from conception to presentation in our two black box theatre spaces. Our Annual Seasons are diverse in form, content, genre, artists and practice.
We welcome applications from artists who are looking to challenge themselves and their form, explore new territory, grow their skills, diversify participation in the arts, comment on contemporary life, push boundaries and offer new experiences. Artists and companies whose work is selected to be produced during the season are offered unparalleled support across all aspects of their production.
The Annual Season is programmed through a rotating independent panel of peer assessors chosen by The Blue Room Theatre. Peers change from season to season, and the assessors aim to curate a program of works in a way that fulfils our purpose of championing independent artists, new work, and new ways of making work in consideration of the selection criteria.
Applications for our 2022 Season are now open!
See below for more information, and to download the Application Pack
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Applications Open and Info Pack Released: Thursday, 23 September 2021
Information Session #1: Tuesday, 5 October 2021
Information Session #2: Thursday, 14 October 2021
Applications Close: Wednesday, 27 October 2021
Notification by: Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Information Session Details
Applicants for the 2022 Annual Season are not required to individually discuss their proposed production with the Programming team at The Blue Room Theatre prior to submission. For this upcoming application round, The Blue Room Theatre will run two information sessions detailing the program, application process and expectations and provide a forum for queries.
Information Session #1
Tuesday, 5 October, 5:30pm–6:45pm at The Blue Room Theatre
The Blue Room Theatre’s Executive Director, Katt Osborne and Program Manager, Rose Kingdom-Barron, will talk artists through the program offer, the application process, form and selection criteria, and take questions from artists concerning the program and application round.
Information Session #2
Thursday, 14 October, 5:30pm–6:45pm at The Blue Room Theatre
The Blue Room Theatre’s Program Manager, will talk artists through the program offer, the application process, form and selection criteria, and take questions from artists concerning the program and application round. There’ll also be an additional talk and tips from a previous successful Annual Season artist.
Projects that fit the following criteria are eligible to apply for a Season presentation:
– Works between 50 – 120 minutes in duration
– Works that create opportunities for professional development
– Independent productions by project-based producers, companies and artists rather than annually funded or commercial organisations
– Theatre, dance or performance work
– Works by emerging and established professional artists with a range of backgrounds and experience
– Work that has not been presented in WA, including new local and international plays and timely reinterpretations of current and classic texts
– Works that have obtained or sought rights (for existing scripts only)
– Applications must be submitted by a current member of The Blue Room Theatre
We facilitate a series of producer support meetings with each project in the lead up to production week to touch base and support in marketing plans and execution, technical needs, FOH requirements and production progress. Productions also receive a seed fund in support of the project, alongside a generous box office split and access to a mentorship fund to engage with industry experts.
The Blue Room Theatre runs an overarching marketing and publicity campaign for the season as a whole. In support of each independent production, we provide advice and correspondence in the management and strategy of individual campaigns alongside a series of focused professional development workshops, so marketers and publicists can upskill and learn how to capitalise on opportunities for current and future shows.
Venue & Technical
Productions enjoy exclusive and in-kind use of a theatre space for four weeks, comprising of a bump-in and a 2-3 weeks presentation season.
The Blue Room Theatre provides ticketing and bar staff to work the season, and tickets are management and sold by office and FOH staff through our ticketing system.
Accessibility & Diversity
The Blue Room Theatre is an inclusive venue committed to the sharing of stories and the breaking of boundaries for artists and audiences alike. We strongly encourage applications from and engaging artists who identify as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and artists with a disability.
If you have any questions about The Blue Room Theatre’s Annual Season, please don’t hesitate to contact our Programming team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on (08) 9227 7005.