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Welcome to Season 2017

Theatre Works’ 2017 Season brings together a group of game changers who share our view – that theatre is essential within a society that is more disparate and diverse than ever. The wordsmith. The provocateur. The visionary. The fearless. The experience. The ensemble. Artists in search of a contemporary theatre language that push the boundaries of formal theatre making – from new Australian writing, visual theatre, live art and digital expression. Join us for an exciting year in theatre!

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Artist Development

In 2017 Theatre Works transforms into a hub for performing arts with a new Masterclass Series with some of Melbourne's most innovative artists and companies.

4 September 2017 - 25 September 2017

Spring Series: Foundation Masterclass

This is a 4-week workshop series introducing the OpticNerve training process to actors, physical performers, theatre makers, directors and dancers.

For those familiar with OpticNerve’s work and/or training process it offers them an opportunity to extend their skills and to build a relationship with the company.

Artistic Director Tanya Gerstle and Ensemble members Stephen Phillips and Hannah Liddeaux will run the training.


Read the latest news and behind-the-scenes stories from our resident artists.

24 April 2017

Meet our Artists – Raimondo Cortese

We sat down with Raimondo Cortese ahead of the Masterclass Series  to talk all things writing: How does writing for theatre differ from other platforms? The main difference for theatre writing as opposed to other forms of writing is that the text is designed to be spoken by live actors. As Peter Brook says, ‘the words […]

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28 March 2017

Meet our Artists | Tanya Gerstle

This April, Theatre Works is transforming into a hub for performing arts, hosting a Masterclass Series led by some of Melbourne’s most innovative artists and companies including OpticNerve Performance Group. We sat down with Artistic Director Tanya Gerstle to hear more about the unique method of ‘Pulse’ training. How does the creative process at Optic […]

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20 October 2016

Meet our 2016 Artists | Mark Wilson

He’s a man of many talents. Next month Mark Wilson will write, direct and star in the production of Anti-Hamlet. An International Fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe, Mark has been described as a ‘chronic Shakespeare tinkerer’ Time Out. His radical excavations of Shakespeare’s iconic plays – Unsex Me and Richard II have toured the country to critical […]

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