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Highlights of The Street year
2017 was a mighty banquet of performance delights played out on our stages. We hope you enjoyed your year with The Street. Here is a snapshot.

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The Street, led by acclaimed stage director Caroline Stacey, employs some of the finest creative talent in the region as well as Canberra’s creative diaspora and beyond.


The Hive is The Street Theatre’s script/performance development program. In the search for contemporary regional and Australian writers, The Street has developed a place for the gathering of theatrical ideas and minds to challenge their skillset and provide fertile ground for Canberra to develop a distinctive and strong voice. The program aims to support live performance writing in the ACT through providing access to a leading professional dramaturg and a range of theatre resources.  The program is driven by a commitment to actively nurturing ACT writers and their work. Further, to develop quality new work to be produced by The Street Theatre and other organisations throughout the ACT and Australia. Using one of Australia’s leading dramaturgs to facilitate it, The Hive has developed over the years, changing to the needs of the participants as well as those of the company. The program is for those interested in/or currently pursuing a professional career in performance & writing at various stages of their career.



Peter Matheson is a freelance dramaturg with a scattered stable of clients from all over Australia, including regional NSW, the ACT, Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia. Over the last ten years he has assessed scripts for Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland, La Boite, PlayLab and Griffin Theatre Companies, the Australia Council, the Australian Script Centre, the Australian Writers Guild and Playwriting Australia/Australian National Playwrights Centre.

Within the last ten years he has worked dramaturgically with The Street Theatre (Canberra),  Brink Productions (Adelaide), Creative Regions (Bundaberg), Darwin Theatre Co, JUTE Theatre  (Cairns), Mudlark Theatre (Launceston), Kite Theatre Company (Brisbane), Knock-Em-Down Theatre (Darwin), Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Theatre (Brisbane), La Boite (Brisbane), Lampshade Shop (Adelaide), Legs on the Wall (Sydney), NIDA, Northern Rivers Writers Centre, NORPA (Lismore), Perth Theatre Company, QTC, Queensland Performing Arts Centre , Red Dust Theatre Company (Alice Springs), Riverside Theatre (Parramatta), for their Hive Program, Stages WA and Tasmanian Theatre Company.

In 2007, he received an Australia Council Theatre Board Skills and Arts Development Grant providing intensive dramaturgy to mid-range writers from Cairns, Alice Springs, Darwin and Hobart. In 2008 and 2009, he received an Australia Council Fellowship and extended this support to eight regional companies including central Victoria, Launceston, Lismore and Canberra. A recipient of an Australia Council cultural leadership grant in 2011 he developed dramaturgical skills in seven regional companies’ directors/theatre-makers.

In 2013, the MEAA Peer Recognition Award went to Peter Matheson, “in recognition of his expertise with and development of Canberra based playwrights through his dramaturgical work with The Hive and Made In Canberra programs at The Street.”


For further details and information on how to apply, use the links below. Enquiries can be sent to

The Hive 2017: Guidelines for Playwrights  The Hive 2017: Writer Application Form


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