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Early Phase - Live Performance Concept Development

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.

Championing creative process alongside finished work we are reaching out to our artists in the ACT and surrounding areas 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.

Early Phase at The Street offers six artists a supported collaborative concept development process to take the glimmer of an idea, an inclination, a hunch, a feeling, a thought, or an impulse through to concept treatment or even first draft stage! 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.

We’re reaching out to artists to show us how to be creative in new ways right from the start.

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


Free access of up to 2 weeks creative space at The Street to be scheduled from 1 October to 11 December.  COVID-19 restrictions will apply.  Work can also be undertaken via various online platforms

Monthly meetings to guide the articulation and clarification of ideas

Collective sharing of experience with other participants

Experience with The Street as a producing company

Admin and production support

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


What We Expect

  • A detailed concept treatment or first draft by Monday 1 February 2021
  • Rigorous investigation and development of ideas
  • Engagement with the purpose and goals of The Street
  • Connection with other participants in the program


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.


When do applications close?

Applications close FRIDAY 25 SEP 4PM -  Download application forms here

Submit your application to

Put Early Phase 2020 in the subject line.

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

Creative Application Form: Last name, First name, Early2020, Creative Support Material:

Last name, First name, Early2020, Title

If you are unsure about any of the questions or need advice about filling out the application form, contact the office on to arrange a time to speak or call 6247 1519 Tues – Thurs 10am – 3pm.


15 Childers St,

City West ACT 2601

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Monday - Friday: 12pm - 2pm

+ 1.5 hours prior to performance.

02 6247 1223

Theatre building currently on reduced hours to public due to COVID-19

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