FAQ

Does UTP audition for shows?
UTP will advertise upcoming auditions on its web site and in our e-bulletin. Often, notices are emailed or mailed to artists on the company’s database. Anyone interested in information about upcoming auditions please subscribe to our mailing list or email contact details to mail@urbantheatre.com.au.
I'm looking for work, have you got any?
UTP is happy to receive resumes from artists, technicians or administrators who would like to work with the company. They can be emailed to mail@urbantheatre.com.au. Once the company has been sent a resume, applicants are welcome to contact UTP staff to discuss their experience. When the company is seeking artistic or administrative personnel it often advertises on its web site, ebulletin and the Arts Hub website.
Does UTP have a theatre?
Yes, our home at Bankstown Arts Centre is fitted out with a theatre. We also create work for unconventional sites, as well as other theatre spaces.
Does UTP have studio or rehearsal space that I could use?
Yes, at our home at Bankstown Arts Centre, UTP shares a large rehearsal space. Sometimes these facilities are provided to external hirers, so please call our Administrator for information on conditions and availability. You can also see information about residencies that UTP provides for artists, including rehearsal space, in the research and development section on our website.
Does UTP accept internships or secondments?
Depending on the nature of the internship, the timeframe and the projects UTP is working on, UTP is capable of accommodating interns and secondments. Candidates should contact the company to discuss their proposal before submitting a formal request. 
Does UTP accept work experience students?
Occasionally the company will accept work experience students, depending on the student’s area of interest and projects that the company may be undertaking at the time requested. In most cases, students can not participate directly in rehearsals, but are welcome to observe the artistic process and undertake tasks that support the artistic and administrative teams. 
Does UTP run workshops or masterclasses?

Generally, no we don’t run drama workshops. However, UTP may occasionally conduct or host workshops in specific performance art forms, or masterclasses for emerging and established artists. Please let us know your contact details if you would like to be notified if any workshops or masterclasses are on offer.

There are many youth arts organisations and performance companies that provide a range of theatre classes and arts projects as part of their annual program. We suggest that you contact the groups listed below for more information:

Bankstown Youth Development Service (BYDS) ph: 9793 8324
PACT Youth Theatre, Erskineville ph: 9550 2744
Powerhouse Youth Theatre (PYT) Fairfield ph: 9724 6077
Ashfield Youth Theatre ph: 9716 1847
Legs On the Wall, Lilyfield ph: 9560 9479
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Kensington ph: 9697 7600
Shopfront Theatre for Young People, Carlton. ph: 02 9588 3948
Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), Walsh Bay ph: 9251 3900

Does UTP have programs for emerging or established artists who wish to research and develop new script-based work?

No. UTP mainly produces original work devised through a process of research and creative development between a director/devisor, performance artists and other creative and community collaborators. As we rarely produce works that are pre-scripted, we can’t offer a script-reading service.

If you are a playwright or you have play-texts ready for readings, performance or further script development, we recommend you contact the following organizations, who may be able to offer more expertise:

Playwriting Australia 
The Australian Script Centre 
Australian Writers’ Guild 
Parnassus’ Den 

Will UTP produce my show?
The UTP program is organised and run over a two- to three-year artistic plan. Generally, we don’t produce or co-produce new works unless they have been developed from inception as part of our program. UTP produces shows that are a synthesis of invited guest teams of artists working in creative development and usually in western Sydney.  
How do I get funding for my show?

UTP is not an arts funding body. Other than supporting research and creative development projects through our Residency program, we are not able to offer funding for artists or independent productions.

Your first stop in finding out about theatre, performance and arts funding in NSW and Australia should be:
The Australia Council for the Arts 
Arts NSW
UTP also recommends contacting your local council for any arts or community grant programs, or searching for philanthropic foundations that may have objectives compatible with your project.

Does UTP auspice grants?
Yes we do. If you would like a grant auspiced please contact the Company.
Can I talk to someone regarding information for a university assignment?
No problem. However, due to the company often being involved in intensive projects it is not always possible to talk to students straight away, or respond to extensive emails. Initially, students should search the UTP web site for information relevant to their assignment, then contact the company to discuss the potential of obtaining any further information that may be required. This should be done weeks rather than days prior to a deadline.
Does UTP have photos or footage from previous productions?
Yes we do have archives that contain photo and video documentation of many projects. While we can’t let this material leave the office, anyone interested in viewing documentation is welcome to go through our archives or view video documentation in the office – please call us to make a time. In some cases DVD or video documentation can be provided at cost price.
Will UTP create a performance for my corporate gig or special event?
Because we have our own annual program of events, it is unlikely that we are able to create additional work for events, however, we may be able to point you in the direction of artists or companies who can assist.