Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Q Theatre Lab 2022


NOW CLOSED. Closes 8 December 2021. Q Theatre has been making work for more than 50 years. Based at The Joan in Penrith, we offer audiences a chance to see theatre that has been provoked, inspired or exploded out of our local context.

We build pathways for established and early career artists to train, experiment and create.

Q Theatre Lab is Q Theatre’s artist in residence program. The residency is designed to make creative space and time for the development of dynamic theatre projects at an early to mid-stage of their conception. Projects are selected through an open callout process and applications are welcome from individuals and ensembles. Successful applicants will receive financial assistance, space to develop the work, as well as technical and dramaturgical support for dedicated creative development.

The two successful applicants will present their work (approx. 30 min) as a double bill in a two-night season in the Mullins Studio at The Joan.

We are looking for new theatrical projects that have the potential and capacity to be audience-ready within the 3-week timeframe. To discuss this further please contact Melissa Cannon via email at


  • $2500 artist fee
  • 12 days of development space: 9.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, within The Joan (Penrith)
  • A technical rehearsal, dress rehearsal and two-night season in the Allan Mullins Studio at The Joan
  • Access to available studio lighting, sound, and AV equipment
  • Technical Support (up to 8 hours)
  • Dramaturgical Support (up to 6 hours)
  • Marketing and Publicity support

Consideration for further development with Q Theatre


Image credit: Betty is a Butcher, Thomas Campbell, Q Theatre 2021 Development Project, Photo by Clare Hawley