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HATCH is a performing arts incubator program based at the Frankston Arts Centre that supports artists and creatives to increase their knowledge, gain relevant skills, develop networks and be guided by an array of Australia’s best arts industry professionals.

HATCH will inspire, facilitate and guide emerging theatre makers through a series of master classes on Storming an Idea, Grant Writing, Directing, Producing and Creative Writing. The master classes are delivered in partnership with Melbourne Theatre Company’s NEON program.

It offers the professional development of artists while cementing their craft and pathway into the creative industries whilst enabling them to create independent theatre works.

The project will be delivered over two years, commencing in April 2017 with the master class series,  followed by a more intensive mentor program in stage 2 in 2018. The second stage of the project will provide selected participants with rehearsal and development space at Frankston Arts Centre, professional advice, plus the opportunity to be linked with established artists and companies that align with your creative aspirations via a mentor arrangement.

Spaces are strictly limited. To maximise your potential as an arts practitioner we’d love all participants to commit to all workshops in the series. All workshops are free!

The program is supported by Creative Victoria and Frankston City Council.


For further enquiries contact Tammy Ryan, Coordinator Programming on 03 9784 1705.


Directing Masterclass

Saturday 29 April, 10:00am – 2:30pm

Venue: Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre

Hosted by Leticia Caceres.

This masterclass will explore the craft of directing text-based theatre: from play selection and conceptualisation, to working with actors on the floor. It will give a blow by blow account of the process from first meetings with an Artistic Director, right through to Opening Night. Award winning director Leticia Caceres will outline what’s expected of a director when working in both a mainstage context, as well as in the independent sector.  

For the independent producer

Thursday 1 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Venue: Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre 

Hosted by Josh Wright.

Drawing from a wealth of practical experience, Creative Producer Josh Wright (Arts House, THE RABBLE, Malthouse Theatre) will unpack the role of the independent Producer. This workshop will provide insights on best practice, as well as clear steps for building teams, timelines, budgets and useful tools to produce your next independent show.

Structure & Creativity

Saturday 22 July, 10am – 2:30pm

Venue: Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre

Hosted by MTC Literary Director Chris Mead with guest playwrights.

People say 'know the rules before you break them', but what if theatre rules feel like old fashioned nonsense, a creative straitjacket and more restrictive than imaginative? What if you are not even sure what the rules are? And, worst of all, what do you do when writer's block descends? There is a way, however, to find the path to invigorating your imagination through a creative engagement with theatre’s essential guidelines. This is a session for the detail-driven, the scientifically curious and for dreamers. We can do impossible things.

Storming an Idea

Date: Saturday 19 August

Time: 10am-5pm

Venue: Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre

Hosted by THE RABBLE.

Critically acclaimed artists THE RABBLE works with participants to develop their own performance ideas and methodologies. Encouraging a diverse range of practitioners to participate –playwrights, sound artists, poets, directors, video artists, dancers etc. The workshop introduces artists to a range of techniques for creating and devising material including THE RABBLE’s own compositional methodology and offers participants a chance to get feedback and to develop their own idea for performance.

Grant Writing Toolkit

Date: Thursday 28 September

Time: 6:30pm – 10pm

Venue: Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre

Hosted by Kerrii Cavanagh

Get grounded in grants, an interactive workshop on the art of applications – mistakes not to make and easy ways to excel. Plus pro tips on making the most of the process.