Creative Development Fund

The Creative Development Fund supports artists and productions that require the kind of time and space that sits outside our usual operating budget. It’s a critical point of difference for Belvoir, and what we believe makes good theatre. This work includes working with emerging artists, script development, providing longer rehearsal periods, and hiring specialist craftspeople (like a movement director on A Taste of Honey).

The areas supported by the fund include:

Commission & script development: By commissioning our own work we are able to encourage new voices and help keep local stories alive. In addition to commissioning, we spend time in the rehearsal room working on ideas behind potential scripts as well as providing dramaturgical support for playwrights under commission. The emphasis is on process rather than product; it is about giving artists and creatives a space in which they can experiment.

Developing pathways for creatives and artists: Supporting the voices of tomorrow is at our core, and Belvoir is committed now more than ever to gender parity. Women accounted for 52% of acting roles and 50% of writer / director roles in 2018. Unfortunately when it comes to technical creatives, women are still under represented in the performing arts. Belvoir has set up goals, mentorships and assistant positions to begin to turn this around. Along with Creative Development Funds, initiatives such as the Andrew Cameron Fellowship, The Group – Supporting Future Voices Today giving circle, and supported technical positions through the Walking Up the Hill Foundation, Belvoir champions these energetic, original new minds.

In 2018 we continued to expand our creative networks and opened the company to new voices, we auditioned over 200 actors across Australia and overseas for our 2019 production of Counting and Cracking. We continued to collaborate with Force Majeure and Co-Curious on ambitious projects that gave us the opportunity to work with over 80 artists with a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds.

Inside the Rehearsal Room: Belvoir continues to stretch the rehearsal period out – providing an extra week, which can make a significant difference to the finished product. This is a cost we cannot bear out of our normal operating budget. Building productions of scale require significant investment and are not always commercially viable. In the past we have had to draw down on reserves to invest in these productions. Our Creative Development supporters provide this critical funding without drawing on Belvoir’s reserves.

Donations large and small are needed to provide a space to play, experiment and create fearless theatre – donate today to help us continue our work, on and off the stage.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

To discuss supporting Belvoir’s Creative Development Fund please contact Sarah Gilchrist, Head of Development on [email protected] or (02) 8396 6225