Where do Australian theatre directors go to expand their skill base, exchange ideas with other directors, discover new ways of working and rigorously investigate their practice?
This year, 40 directors and over 100 other guest artists were able to do all those things by attending the inaugural Directors' Lab: Melbourne run by Theatre Works and offered as part of the Melbourne Festival program. And the participants are raving about it, just watch this video testimonial. The 9-day program comprised a series of workshops, readings, rehearsals, investigations, round-table discussions and creative explorations led by leading directors from around Australia and the world.
In the past many Australian directors have had to travel overseas to participate in Directors Labs at the Lincoln Centre, and in Chicago, as well as The Young Vic Directors Program in London. In fact, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust has supported many directors to undertake such travel through its grants for emerging artists.
The Directors' Lab: Melbourne was modelled on the Lincoln Centre Theater Directors Lab and Theatre Works was able to bring creator of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab Anne Cattaneo out to Australia to participate in the inaugural Melbourne program.
The Ian Potter Foundation is pleased to have contributed funding to such a well-received project supporting Australian theatre, and in particular its directors.
Further information on the project and other supporting organisations can be found on the Directors' Lab: Melbourne website.