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Early Phase - Live Performance Concept Treatment Program

Applications Open

The Street believes in the remarkable capacity of Canberra artists to speak to our time, and the need for them to be given creative space to make work of vision, ambition, and courage that talks to diverse audiences in Canberra and across Australia.

We are inviting artists in the ACT and surrounding areas - writers, actors, directors, musicians, designers, dancers, video artists - interested in partnering and collaborating with The Street to develop concept treatments for work to be produced by The Street in any of our spaces.

This is a great opportunity for artists to partner with a professional theatre company at the very beginning of the creative process. To connect with the sector in a deeper way, engage with the purpose and goals of The Street, and emerge with a concept treatment to pitch at the end of it.”

Caroline Stacey, Artistic Director/CEO

Early Phase at The Street offers two artists a supported collaborative concept development process to take the glimmer of an idea, feeling, or impulse through to concept treatment (or first draft)! This early phase will be supported through bespoke development frameworks that reflect the needs of the development and artist/s with practical investigations, reflection, conversation and collective sharing. There will be a minimum of 4 Peer/Salon Sessions at The Street.

We encourage work where liveness is embedded into the audience experience as we explore the possibilities for sharing work in real-live and live-digital settings. We seek inquisitive artists who have something to say about the world and who invite audiences to work with us to create live performance of the future.


What We Are Offering

$5,000 (this is intended as artist payment – for you and those you may work with)

Free access of up to two weeks creative space at to be scheduled from 1 October to 9 December 2022.  COVID-19 restrictions will apply.  Work can also be undertaken via online platforms.

Three weekly meetings to guide the articulation and clarification of ideas

Collective sharing of concept development process with other participants

Deeper understanding of the creative and producing processes of The Street

An opportunity to work with a coach on how to pitch your work

An opportunity to pitch the concept to a panel of producers from the Australian live theatre sector


What We Expect

  • Rigorous investigation and development of ideas
  • Engagement with the purpose and goals of The Street
  • Connection with other participants in the program
  • A detailed concept treatment or first draft by Friday 27 January 2023


Who can apply?

  • ACT and regional NSW-based* individuals or collaborators can apply.

*within 100 kms of Canberra

  • We welcome ideas in the live, digital, and multidisciplinary space from theatre-makers, writers, directors, actors, musicians, designers, and video artists.
  • We welcome early career through to senior artists.
  • We particularly encourage submissions from voices which are under-represented in theatre — both onstage and off.


The Street

The Street Theatre is the home of bold new contemporary performance in the ACT and a major investor in theatre in Canberra in the last decade. Just as Canberra is considered a petri-dish for new policies, ideas and cultural products within the broader national landscape, The Street serves a vital role as a key creative generator of new work and regenerator of place and community within the nation’s political heart. As Canberra’s leading producer of professional and independent theatre The Street actively contributes to Canberra's artistic vibrancy and community narrative. The Street has a long-held commitment to ensuring our diverse community is reflected in ACT arts-programming.


When do applications close?

Applications close 29th of August 2022

Submit your application to

Put Early Phase 2022 in the subject line


Please save your files with the following details in the file name:

Creative Application Form: Last name, First name, Early2022, Creative Support Material:

Last name, First name, Early2022, Title


If you are unsure about any of the questions or need advice about filling out the application form, contact us via email


Early Phase Application Form 2022 PDF Download

Early Phase Application Form 2022 Word Download



15 Childers St,

City West ACT 2601

Directions & Map

Monday - Friday

10am - 1pm


Also opens

1.5 hours prior

to performance.


02 6247 1223
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