The Theatre Board offers this grant to affiliated student theatre groups and individuals to encourage creative risk taking and the development of original Australian work (in any performing arts discipline) with a production performance outcome.

New Work Grant differs from the Theatre Board’s Creative Development Grant in that at least one of the personnel involved in the project must work in a professional capacity in the arts industry. It is also a requirement that the new work will result in a production/performance that will occur within one year of the grant being approved.  It is possible for applicants to apply for both a Theatre Board Creative Development Grant and a New Work Grant for the same project.

Projects might be:

  • new writing
  • adaptation of a classic text
  • devised work
  • dance work
  • cross-disciplinary work
  • new Australian work (unproduced).

Maximum funding: $2000

New Work Grant guidelines September 2020 (PDF)

New Work Grant guidelines September 2020 (word document)

Apply for a New Work Grant

Past Recipients

DIE ANGLE performed ‘Dark Points’ at Mycelium Studios, Brunswick, from 18 – 20 September 2019 as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Told through an interaction of movement, sound and light, ‘Dark Points’ was a new collaboration of emerging Melbourne artists – choreographer, Thalia Livingstone and sound artist, Mitchell Mackintosh. Working primarily as a film composer, Mitchell’s distinctly cinematic style and sense of narrative brought a fresh perspective to the medium, pushing both composer and choreographer to work outside their comfort zones. Performances were held in the industrial basement of Mycelium studios in Brunswick with visual artist Daniel Kotsimbos working with projections and set design to manipulate both the physical and visual dimensions of the space.


Dominic Weintraub directed ‘Leopard Print Loincloth’ which was performed at Theatre Works, St Kilda, from 4 – 8 February 2020.

Developing a sustainable and accessible process that invites people to invest wholly and personally in the creation of a work is something I am currently very passionate about, and ‘Leopard Print Loincloth’ felt like a big step forward.