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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, and it commenced in April 2017 with the masterclass series. In 2018, HATCH will now evolve into a more intensive mentor program. The second stage of the project will also 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 the creative aspirations via a mentor arrangement.

2018 Hatch Participants

In 2018, the FAC will proudly work alongside four female artists to assist in developing their artistic work and provide mentoring opportunities.


Hayley Lawson – Smith and Debra Thomas are working collaboratively as scriptwriters to create two new original works. These works will be developed throughout the year and have a showing at the FAC in November.

Brigitte Jarvis and Ru Atma are long time collaborators and form RAWCollective, a contemporary company, dedicated to creating innovative and immersive work. Throughout the year Brigitte and Ru will create and produce a performance installation piece combining film and physical performance.

All of our artists will showcase their work in November, which will be an opportunity for all our patrons to come and experience some new and exciting work.

Reserve your seat for the viewing of the HATCH works in development on Thursday 22 November.
Script Readings of Rare & Chimera
RAWcollective presentation of No.33

We look forward to sharing the journey of all of our HATCH participants with you throughout the year. We congratulate Hayley, Debra, Brigitte and Ru on this awesome achievement and we look forward to working alongside these artists through their journey in 2018 and beyond.

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

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