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La Boite Theatre Company is passionate about cultivating the next generation of performers in the Queensland arts industry. From our work with children in our School Holiday Workshops to our celebrated Ambassadors program, La Boite is a leading force in arts education.


— Applications for 2018 Artist Development Programs are now closed —

In 2018 we are offering the following opportunities:


HWY is an annual festival that encourages artists to stretch boundaries and take risks, inviting audiences to enter into a dialogue around new work and theatre practice. Over an action packed two-weeks, HWY attendees are invited to participate in readings, showings, workshops, masterclasses, conversations, and pitches.

These events provide a platform for the industry and wider arts community to engage in robust dialogue about the future of theatre in Brisbane and our collective power to rouse change, if we want it. HWY artists hail from diverse backgrounds, recognised by La Boite for their relevance and potential.

At the heart of the HWY festival of new work is the performance series, which aims to showcase and demonstrate work that La Boite is considering and creating through its Artists-in-Residence program and engaging with across the Brisbane sector. The overarching aim of HWY is to support performance works at various stages of development, which show considerable artistic potential.

This is where you come in – we would like to hear about what you are working on and to talk further about the suitability of your work for the 2018 HWY festival.

We are not looking for completed works, but rather pieces and ideas that have begun a trajectory of development and you believe could benefit from a presentation in front on an audience. This might be in the form of a reading (moved or seated), but could also take other forms including a live demonstration, lecture, or an entirely new model – we are interested in everything, as long as production needs are minimal and the concept is rigorous and engaged in strong ideas.

La Boite will allocate a budget for each work to cover artist fees. Rehearsal space, in-house resources and staff, as well as artistic and administrate support are all inclusive. Additional needs will be considered on a case by case basis – please detail all of your requirements in the application.

How to apply?

To apply for the 2018 HWY festival, please address the following questions in no more than 2 A4 pages and email your application to La Boite’s Creative Producer, Sanja Simic, at sanja@laboite.com.au.

  • What is your project or piece?
  • Who is involved (artists and/or creative team)?
  • Explain where you are in the process of creation or development of your work and what is your vision for the final outcome?
  • How does this work align with the La Boite mission and vision?
  • How would like an audience to access your work at this stage of development? Such as a reading, excerpt and conversations, a pitch etc.

Please include up to 2 pieces of supporting material, including (but not limited to):

  • A current CV, which demonstrates your skills and experience;
  • Images (up to 5 high res)
  • Scripts/excerpts of written text
  • Video (up to 10 minutes)
  • A link to your website or preferred online platform
  • A letter of support from an industry professional that speaks to your suitability for HWY.

Who can apply?

Individuals, groups and companies can apply for the HWY festival of new work. You must be a practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen. Brisbane-based artists are encouraged to apply.

When do applications close?

Applications for the 2018 Mad Dance House Grant are now closed.


La Boite HWY program is proudly supported by Brisbane Airport Corporation.


A unique funded opportunity for a Brisbane-based artist to develop a dance-theatre work in 2018, with the support of Mad Dance House (MDH) and La Boite.

The grant will include a residency period, with time divided between MDH studios and La Boite, as well as an opportunity to present a showing of the work, and a financial contribution towards fees and expenses. While developing the work, the artist will receive administrative, artistic and production support from the La Boite artistic team and Mad Dance House’s Meg Cooper.

The MDH Grant is designed to offer:

  • The equivalent of four weeks full time rehearsal across LB and MDH studios, between Oct – Dec 2018, inclusive of three performance nights at the Roundhouse Theatre. Dates to be negotiated with LB and MDH upon announcement of the MDH Grant recipient;
  • A $10,000 fee to cover artist fees and materials;
  • Artistic and administrative support from a professional theatre company and dance studio;
  • Resources to create a new Australian dance-theatre work, including space, mentorship, a week-long showing/outcome presentation, and marketing & communications support where appropriate.

How to apply?

To apply for the 2018 Mad Dance House Grant, please address the following questions in no more than 2 A4 pages and email your application to Creative Producer, Sanja Simic, at sanja@laboite.com.au.

  • Who are you and what is your experience as a dance-theatre practitioner?
  • What is your project and/or concept?
  • Who is involved (artists and/or creative team)?
  • Please provide a timeline that speaks to the development of the project over a three month period.
  • Please provide a budget that addresses where, when and how you plan to use the $10,000 over the three month period.

Please also include the following support material:

  • A current CV, which demonstrates your skills and experience;
  • A letter of support from an industry professional that speaks to your suitability for this grant.

Who can apply?

Individuals and groups are eligible to apply for the grant. Please note that you must be a practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen.

This grant is available to Brisbane-based artists only.

When do applications close?

5 January 2018, 5PM.
Applicants will be notified by late-January 2018.


This grant is proudly supported by Mad Dance House.


Mad Dance House Grant Recipient


Sammie is an independent dance artist based in and around Brisbane. Sammie’s artistic practice ranges from performing and choreographing to teaching and facilitating. Sammie’s experience ranges in a variety of styles from contemporary to commercial and hip hop dance.

Sammie is passionate about working across arts education and has taught for many years in high schools, youth detention centres and various community projects. Sammie has previously worked with and performed for companies or independent artists such as Polytoxic, Brown Honey Company, Elements Collective, Mad Dance House, Liesel Zink, Phluxus Dance, Claire Marshall, Imaginary Theatre, Makeshift Dance Collective, Force Majeure and Motherboard Productions.

Sammie is taking her firsts steps as an independent artist towards creating her own full-length works.  She is interested in working in an aesthetic that habits both the contemporary and hip hop worlds, that engages audiences of diverse backgrounds, ages and cultural communities. Sammie intends to explore and create a hip hop dance theatre work that challenges and entertains the viewer whilst taking them on a journey to question yet appreciate their own existence.


In 2017, we launched our highly regarded Assistant Creatives Program, which provides three individuals an opportunity to assist on any main stage La Boite production. In 2018, the program is open to creatives interested in (where available) lighting, costume, set, and video design, as well as sound and composition, dramaturgy, directing, and production management.

These positions are paid, commensurate with working part-time over a four week rehearsal period, and open to emerging to mid-career artists. During each project, participants will shadow their chosen creatives in rehearsal, production week, and (if appropriate) throughout the season.

These positions enable creative artists to learn from senior theatre practitioners about the process of developing shows for large scale companies and specifically for our unique Roundhouse Theatre.

How to apply?

To apply for the 2018 Assistant Creatives program, please address the following questions in no more than 2 A4 pages and email your application to La Boite’s Creative Producer, Sanja Simic, at sanja@laboite.com.au.

  • Why do you want to participate in La Boite’s Assistant Creatives Program?
  • What do you hope to learn and/or experience?
  • Which role/discipline do you align your practice with?
  • Rate from 1 – 4 the shows in the La Boite 2018 Season you would like to be attached to next year. Please note that the available productions include Dead Devils of Cockle Creek, The Mathematics of Longing, Lysa & The Freeborn Dames, Prize Fighter (National Tour), and Neon Tiger.

Please include the following support material:

  • A current CV, which demonstrates your skills and experience;
  • A letter of support from an industry professional that speaks to your suitability for this grant.

Who can apply?

Only individuals are eligible to apply for these positions. You must be a practicing artist or arts worker, in your first five years of practice, and an Australian citizen.

Brisbane-based creatives are encouraged to apply.


Applications are closed




In 2018 La Boite offers the following opportunities to theatre makers,  young artists and teachers:

LB Riot: In-School Partnerships Program

We want young artists and their teachers to engage with new work, collaborate with artists, connect with our space, respond to our work, and create theatre. We want to encourage young artists to cause a theatrical riot.

Over the course of Term Three, drama students will work with La Boite artists as part of a 2018 production. LB RIOT gives drama classes access to the script, rehearsal room, production and artists before and during the creative process.

This program values young people and their teachers as responders and makers. LB RIOT will allow students to work with established artists as they explore significant ideas and generate meaningful work in response to a work in our season; in 2018 the LB RIOT show is the new Australian work Lysa and the Freeborn Dames; a contemporary feminist riff on the Greek Comedy, Lysistratra by writer, Claire Christian.

For more information about LB RIOT please read the following information pack.



Workshops for Teachers and Students




If you are interested in being a La Boite 2018 Feature Teacher and contributing to our education notes, please send me an email before the end of the year and we can hopefully align you with one of our productions. We like to profile the amazing work of teachers and ensure our notes are as useful in your classroom as possible.



Bringing your students to a show? Have an artist come to your school and work with your students in your classroom.

Workshops are specifically tailored to your classroom or assessment needs.



For $5 per student you can add on a one hour post-show question and answer and in-theatre show related workshop. See booking form for more details and dates.



We will host three Teacher Professional Development Opportunities in 2018. The topics for these sessions will be released early in 2018.

PD ONE: LB HWYTuesday 20 March 10am-4pm

PD TWO: Tuesday 15 MAY 6-9pm

PD THREE: Tuesday 16 October 6-9pm



La Boite will host a free forum for Drama teachers in 2018 – an opportunity for teachers to connect, reflect, share thoughts, ideas and resources.

Tuesday 21 August 6-9pm

To RSVP your attendance or to find out more information, please contact our Youth and Participation producer.


Click here for School Bookings





Phone: (07) 3007 8600


Our La Boite Education Programs are supported by our Education Partner QUT.

Education Notes


If you would like to be create education materials for La Boite please get in touch. We like to profile teachers through our Feature Teacher program.

For any information about our shows please get in touch.

Secondary Education Notes

The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek

Preliminary Education Notes

The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek

The Village

The Mathematics of Longing

Lysa and the Freeborn Dames

Neon Tiger

Prize Fighter




Young Artists Company

Download Information Pack Here

The Young Artists Company (YAC) Ensemble is a theatre making program for passionate young artists interested in further developing their skills. It is open to young performers, writers, and production creatives who are passionate about learning and making new theatre work. Auditions are held and an ensemble of up to fifteen creatives will be selected.

There will be two ensembles in 2018:

14-17 year olds – February – June

18-26 year olds – July – November

The YAC Ensemble is interested in bringing together talented young theatre makers with professional artists to create new, relevant and exciting youth arts projects. This work will then be presented to La Boite Theatre audiences.

La Boite is committed to supporting new work, new artists and new stories.

Why be part of the YAC Ensemble?

  • Work with industry professionals
  • Participate in intensive rehearsals
  • Learn and develop industry skills
  • Work towards a high quality youth arts production
  • Meet like-minded peers
  • Perform at La Boite Theatre
  • Be part of a creative ensemble
  • Stretch your theatre making skills

Costs: $480 all-inclusive fee. Payment plans are available.

This fee covers: Tuition and participation in specialist workshops, performance materials, tickets to La Boite Theatre Company shows, and a La Boite Theatre Company t-shirt.

For a YAC information pack and audition details please get in touch.


Young Artists Company is proudly supported by Tafe Queensland.


Apply to be part of the year-long ambassadors program. Ambassadors become embedded members of La Boite; attending rehearsals, seeing shows, participating in La Boite events and contributing ideas.

In 2018 La Boite will be accepting applications and interviewing ambassadors. Twenty exceptional young people will make up the 2018 ambassador team, and the program will be honed to suit their needs and passions specifically.

Applications are now closed

For any questions or further information contact our Youth and Participation Producer Claire Chirstian at clairechristian@laboite.com.au



In Terms Two and Three La Boite offers fun drama classes on a Saturday morning for young people to meet and work with fantastic skilled artists whilst building creative and personal skills.

Grades: 2 – 4
Saturdays: 9am to 10am
Cost: $150 per term (8 weeks)
Introductory classes for young people who want to creatively express themselves and learn about playing characters and telling stories.

Grades: 5 – 7
Saturdays: 10am to 11:30am
Cost: $200 per term (8 weeks)
Classes will be about learning basic acting and performance skills, while also building focus and self-confidence with like-minded young people.

TERM TWO: 28 April – 16 June

TERM THREE: 28 July – 15 September

Bookings and Info
(07) 3007 8600 or info@laboite.com.au



Six Week Masterclass Program for Participants 18+

Six week focused programs learning from exceptional artists. Attend six three-hour masterclasses. We will be running a Tuesday evening series and a Saturday morning.


Tuesday May 15 – Tuesday June 19 6-9pm

Facilitator: TBC

Cost: $395.00



Saturday October 13- November 17 9am-12pm

Facilitator: Christen O’Leary

Cost: $395.00

One-Off Masterclass series for Participants 18+

Develop and hone your skills in our focused three hour masterclass.
Masterclass details will be released in 2018 – to be informed of these details please get in touch and sign up to our E-News.

MASTERCLASS ONE: Tuesday 30 January 6-9pm
FACILITATOR: La Boite Artistic Director and CEO, Todd MacDonald.

One-Off Masterclass
Mastering Technique with Todd MacDonald

Tuesday 30 January, 6-9PM


Skill Level: All
This one-off masterclass with La Boite’s Artistic Director, Todd MacDonald is intended for actors and performers interested in honing their acting techniques for film, TV, and stage. Learn Todd’s tricks of the trade in a masterclass that will focus on necessary techniques for utilising presence, physicality, and imagination when tackling any role!


MASTERCLASS TWO: Tuesday 28 August 6-9pm
Facilitator: Bryan Probets

Cost: $75

Book now: info@laboite.com.au or call (07) 3007 8600