Venue Hire and Production Support funding is a financial safety net to help student theatre groups stage work. The maximum amount of money a group can apply for is $2000.

An affiliated student theatre group applies for a sum of money from the Theatre Board to help with cash flow.  Venue Hire and Production Support funding is like a loan with one key difference – if the production makes a loss or breaks even, the company is not required to repay the amount to the Theatre Board.  The money returned to the Theatre Board supports other applications from student theatre groups.

Applications should be submitted to via SmartyGrants no later than 10 days prior to a meeting but make a time to meet with the Artistic Director/Theatre Coordinator, UHT, to discuss your application beforehand.

Venue Hire and Production Support guidelines (word)

Venue Hire and Production Support Guidelines (PDF)

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Past Recipients

Melbourne University Modern Theatre Group performed ‘The Flick’ in the Guild Theatre from 3 – 6 April 2019.

The project reached its goals of engaging student theatre with contemporary script and
writing, as well as broadening the interest in student theatre. We were able to engage students within relevant disciplines of English, Performance Studies, and Film Studies, both by contacting faculties, and bringing in people onto the production team.

‘Our Father’, staged in the Guild Theatre from 26 – 28 September 2019 as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

A debut production from writer and performer Lucy Holz, first developed in 2018 as part of the Union House Theatre’s Writer in Residency Program, where it was given a staged reading in the Guild Theatre. An excerpt of the show was selected for the 2018 Tastings Festival, with the performance receiving Union House Theatre’s Outstanding Writing Award.


St Mary’s Drama Society staged ‘Spamalot’ in the Union Theatre from 12 – 14 September 2019.

An epic quest of musical promotions lovingly ripped off from the beloved motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. A wondrous romp filled with adventure, terror, and of course, love with minor successes and hilarious blunders to be expected.