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Resident Street

Resident Street fosters personal vision, creative investigation, and arts business skills for early to mid-career ACT-based theatre and performance-makers.=

The Street offers an annual placement for early to mid-career ACT-based artists seeking the experience of creative practice development within a professional theatre company context.  The residency benefits artists seeking career growth and a lift into the next phase of their creative practice.  The intention is to: foster personal vision, grow networks and connections, develop new and original work, and nurture theatre business skills. This program is designed to cultivate a new generation of ambitious theatre-makers based in Canberra.

These residencies will be offered over a five year period 2023-2027 and are part of The Street’s commitment to supporting the development of ACT artists in the region.  The program provides an annual $10K residency which covers the equivalent of 7 weeks full-time employment with The Street managed in a mutually agreed fashion. The Street recipient is offered dedicated space and resources, opportunities to gain a broad experience of the company’s operations and will be provided with senior artist mentors across two project tailored to assist in meeting professional development goals. The successful applicant will share something of their process online and with audiences.

Canberra is an ‘ideas’ place where scholarly thinking is prized so work that emphasizes the interaction of art and science, politics, economics, or culture will be prioritised. Resident Street artists make a significant contribution to the cultural life of The Street and the creative dialogue with our community and the city in which we are located. 

Big, warm welcomes to our Resident Street artists Emma Batchelor and Thea Jade.

Emma Batchelor is a queer a writer and author whose first novel ‘Now that I see you’ was winner of the 2021 Australian/Vogel Literary Award. Thea Jade is a writer and actor, dedicated to youth arts and engagement.

Both are eager to jump into different writing practices, collaborate with peers and established playwrights, discover champions, and complete first drafts of scripts by the end of the year.

Previous Artists in Residence:

2023 Artists in Residence - A-Z Theatre 

In 2023 A—Z Theatre were our company in residence – an energising collaboration between theatre makers Anna Johnstone & Cathy Petőcz. A—Z comes from the beginnings and ends of the founders’ names and is all about the magic between the two artists.

Anna Johnstone is a theatre director and performing arts educator. Anna spent her emerging artist years working at ‘the egg’ in Bath across many roles, including theatrical director, assistant director, teaching assistant, and education officer. She had the opportunity to collaborate with many award-winning UK theatre practitioners and companies: the Royal Shakespeare Company, Emma Earle from Pins and Needles, and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Cathy Petőcz is a theatre artist, playwright, director, performer, director, and musician whose work orbits around a core of mystic spirituality, eco feminism and neurodiversity. Cathy writes plays (The Initiation, Canberra Youth Theatre) art experiences (The People’s House, Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, 2023), and experimental music performance (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, literary-themed punk band, You Are Here Festival 2013, Melbourne Writers’ Festival 2014).

Lend an Ear: Living Arts Canberra

Read More: Canberra Weekly


2018 Artists in Residence - Sonia Anfiloff and Ben Connor

In 2010 Sonia Anfiloff completed a Masters of Music at ANU where she was the recipient of the Kornfeld Scholarship. That year she performed the role of Dido. Anfiloff’s Canberra performances have included: Sly in the ANU School of Music world premiere of Grimm and the Blue Crown Owl, written by Josh McHugh, and Minna in Rautavaara’s Gift of the Magi for the Canberra International Music Festival.

Recipient of ANU’s Harmony Endowment scholarship, Ben Connor moved to Vienna in 2010 after graduating and has performed in roles including Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Marcello (La Bohème), Falke (Die Fledermaus), Billy Bigelow (Carousel), Anthony (Sweeney Todd) and Freddy (My Fair Lady). Outside of his engagements at Viennese opera houses he has performed in Australia, Austria, Estonia, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands.


2016 Artist in Residence - Sarah Carradine (NSW)

In 2016 writer/director/performance maker Sarah Carradine was in residence developing and investigating her new performance work Dark White.

Inspired by women’s experiences in Antartica, a whole continent from which women were excluded until the mid-20th century. The piece deals with our drive to exploration, our isolation and the ultimate connectedness of our species. We accompany those drawn to the vastness, those left behind in the vastness of waiting, and those who inhabit an Antartic of their own making.

Creative Team: Isha Menon, Dianna Nixon, Anna Riddel, Heidi Silberman, and Nicky Tyndale-Biscoe and mentor director Sophie Benassi.


Previous ACT based Artists-In-Residence include:
David Temme (stage management)
Andrew Holmes (dramaturgy)
Imogen Keen (set design)
Nick Delatovic*
Alison McGregor*
*as part of Cultural Leadership Program 2011

15 Childers St,

City West ACT 2601

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Monday - Friday

10am - 3pm


Also opens

1.5 hours prior

to performance.


02 6247 1223
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