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Supporting professional artists

Performance 4a's commitment to the professional development of Asian Australian artists does not only come through its productions.  Our initiatives include:

In partnership with Playwriting Australia and the Girgensohn Foundation, Lotus aims to nurture a new generation of Asian Australian writing for the stage.  

In some traditional societies, the longhouse is where the village gathers to share stories, pass on knowledge and bond as a community.  This exciting series of networking and information sharing events is aimed at building the Asian Australian performance community.

The Longhouse Inaugural Event and Launch

Welcome to the LONGHOUSE.  

In some traditional societies, the Longhouse is where the village gathers to share stories and bond as a community.  Performance 4a's LONGHOUSE is a series of inspiring and informative events aimed at building the Asian Australian performance community.  For our inaugural event, we explore a topic that's critical to individual artists in the current funding cllimate. Join us for some stimulating and informative discuasion, then stay around to network with your peers.

You're an independent asian australian artist with a great project....
How do you get it up?


Three inspiring speakers will spark your lateral thinking:

  • PASCHAL BERRY - Performance Curator, Blacktown Arts Centre
  • DINO DIMITRIADES - Artistic Director, Apocalypse Theatre Company
  • MAYU KANAMORI - performance maker and photographer

Following the panel discussion and Q & A, join us for networking refreshments.

WED 12 AUGUST - 6pm - 8pm

107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern

Admission is FREE but please RSVP by 10 August.  

Lotus First Draft - CALL OUT

Lotus First Draft - CALL OUT



Twelve participants in the LOTUS project recently had their writing showcased at performed readings in front of enthusiastic audiences at La Boite Theatre Brisbane, Riverside Theatres Parramatta (pictured) and The Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne.  Now with the generous support of the Girgensohn Foundation, Lotus continues for a further three years, allowing continued, long-term development of these budding writers through events such as the National Play Festival.


Performance 4a and Playwriting Australia are now seeking applications from aspiring Asian-Australian writers based in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to be considered for the next stage of the program, Lotus First Draft. Up to 12 playwrights will be selected across the three cities to undertake an intensive playwriting mentorship and other script development opportunities over a six-month period.

The Lotus First Draft participants will receive:

  • Monthly one-on-one tutorials with a playwright mentor;
  • Monthly group masterclasses and craft discussions with mentors and guest artists;
  • A weekend intensive in 2016 bringing all Lotus playwrights from around the country together to workshop their play ideas and scene;
  • A potential showcase opportunity at the National Play Festival 2016, Playwriting Australia’s major annual event celebrating new Australian works.


PROGRAM SCHEDULE (Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne)

October 2015: Group and individual meetings begin and continue until March/April 2016

January 2016: Weekend intensive for all Lotus playwrights (interstate writers will be provided airfares and accommodation to attend).

July 2016: Potential showcase at the National Play Festival 2016

APPLY NOW - Closing date Mon 7 September




Audition for Nam Le's The Boat
casting_call_2015.jpg Nam Le's The Boat auditions

Vietnamese Australian actors - don't miss this excellent opportunity to audition for a NIDA production of Nam Le's best selling The Boat.  This adaptation by NIDA masters student Priscilla Jackman will have its world premiere in November. Dramaturge is the highly respected playwright Stephen Sewell, and Eamon Flack, Artistic Director of Belvoir, is professional mentor.  Auditions for lead roles take place on Sat 29 Aug at NIDA. See below for further information. For further information or to book in your audition time, contact This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Longhouse at Monkey Baa Theatre

Making Theatre for young audiences


Congratulations to Monkey Baa Theatre Company which has just been awarded a prestigious Touring Legend Award, at the 2015 Drover Awards in Sydney.  By the end of 2015 they will have taken over 20 tours to more than 135 communities in every State and Territory of Australia; three international tours to 35 US theatres; more than 2500 performances; engaging over 1.1 million young people.  


For the second Longhouse event, Creative Directors Eva di Cesare and Tim McGarry welcome us into their theatre at Darling Harbour, to share with us the secrets of making theatre for young audiences.  And they'll tell us about preparations for a new production inspired by Li Cunxin's The Peasant Prince - The True Story of Mao's Last Dancer.

WED 2 SEPTEMBER - 6pm - 8pm

Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre

Terrace 3, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney

Admission is free but RSVP essential .


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