10 February 2017
Thirteen new participants will join Melbourne Theatre Company's Women in Theatre program in 2017.
The highly sought after career development program pairs theatre industry professionals with mentors in their field for a period of twelve months.
Additionally, a calendar of networking opportunities, leadership training, and workshops at Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) provides participants a rounded understanding of how a state theatre company operates.
Established in 2014 as the Women Directors Program and later expanded in 2016 to the Women in Theatre Program to include a broader range of disciplines, the MTC initiative has supported 32 theatre professionals in their career development to date.
The 2017 participants include director Gorken Acaroglu (Artistic Director of Melbourne Workers Theatre from 2010-2012 and current Artistic Director of Metanoia Theatre) and playwright Mary Rachel Brown.
Having toured extensively with productions in Africa, Australasia and the Middle East, Suzanne Cranny will join the program for mentoring in Technical Management and Venue Operations.
Dans Marie Sheehan, who has worked with a range of companies in New York including The Wooster Group and American Dance Theatre, will receive mentoring in Lighting Design.
The remaining participants are specialists in a host of theatre disciplines including production management, dramaturgy, sound design and direction.