Residency Opportunity for First Nations Artists

Opportunities and other ways to get involved at The Blue Room Theatre (outside of applying for our seasons) live here!

See below for current opportunities.

2023 First Nations Artist Residency 

The Blue Room Theatre will be offering a number of artist residencies in the middle of the year to support the development of First Nations led work.

The Offer

    • Three projects will be selected for the supported week-long development of a new work between 26 June and 29 July 2023
    • Each project will receive a $1,000 seed fund for materials and honorary fees, along with a $300 mentorship fund in support of the project.
    • Projects will have exclusive access to the Theatre during the residency. and will receive basic producing and technical support from The Blue Room Theatre, including assistance coordinating showings (if applicable) and access to a standard lighting rig and sound set up.
    • Projects may have the option to present a development showing at The Blue Room Theatre, however interest in this presentation is not required for successful application.


  • The lead artist(s)/applicant(s) on the project must be First Nations.
  • Projects must be new works that have not previously been presented as a full main-stage performance.
  • Successful applicants will need to become Members of The Blue Room Theatre, if not already.

Selection Criteria
Creativity: The project and artists demonstrate a clear artistic vision and rationale, including elements of creativity in their process and team. Applicants can express creativity in several ways, including originality in concept, an innovative form or style, and timely and relevant themes and perspectives.

Development: The project demonstrates a clear opportunity for professional development and growth in artistic practice of the artists and participants involved.

How to Apply
If you’re interested, download and complete the Expression of Interest form below and return it to Amy.

It’s a straightforward form – we don’t expect you to have everything fully fleshed out, but rather we want to get a sense for your idea, and what you’d like to achieve through this development and residency.

We are happy to accept video or audio responses to application questions if preferred by the applicant, and there is a section at the end of the form to supply an upload link. Please keep video responses to 5 minutes maximum, and please do not submit both a video and written response.

One of the questions asks about a mentor for the development; we appreciate that applicants might not have the network to connect them to a mentor, and we’re here to help. For the application, let us know if you have a mentor in mind, otherwise elaborate what aspect of the project (e.g. help with movement and choreography) you’d like help with, and we can help match you with an appropriate person if your project is selected.

Applications will be assessed by an independent panel of industry and artistic peers.

Applications close 12pm on Friday 31 March 2023 and notification will be by the end of April.

Download Expression of Interest Form

If you any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact with Producer Amy Howell ( at this email, or call (08) 9227 7005.

Fill Team Roles

Are you an artist or arts worker keen to fill roles across our 2023 programmed projects (Summer Nights and Annual Season)? We have teams that are currently looking for Producers, Designers, Publicists, Stage Managers … you name it! And they often need graphic designers, videographers, and photographers to assist with marketing.

All you need to do is give us your details, a short bio, and let us know your relevant skills/role suitability, and we’ll share that information with teams looking for people.

Please email

Mentoring, Artistic Advisory, Award Judging

If being part of a project team doesn’t sound quite right, there’s a few other opportunities on offer throughout the year. See info below.

If any are of interest, please email letting us know what you’re keen on and we’ll keep you on the radar. Please note: Artistic Advisory and Award Judging roles have closed for 2023.

Annual Season Mentoring
Shows at The Blue Room Theatre are often on the look-out for mentors to come on board to assist them with a particular area of expertise. These roles, if approved by us, receive a fee from our Mentorship Fund of $300 + super for 5-6 hours mentorship.

Artist Advisory Group – closed for 2023
We value regular consultation with independent artists and industry members to feedback on the organisation, provide input on the state of the industry and help plan for the future. We hold 3-4 sessions of the AAG per year with the same cohort and members. If you are interested in this role, please provide any relevant experience and/or areas of interest. Please note: it is not essential for you to have worked with The Blue Room Theatre before in any capacity. You will receive complimentary tickets to all 2023 Annual Season works.

Annual Season Awards Judge – closed for 2023 
Our Annual Season is programmed and judged by a rotating panel of peer assessors. For our 2023 Season, we are looking for a panel of 4 industry professionals, diverse in their experience and creative practices, to attend all performances and allocate awards at the end of the year. You will receive complimentary tickets to all 2023 Annual Season works. If you are interested in this role, please provide your key artistic experiences and description of your practice.