Janice Muller is this year’s female resident director at the innovative and independent Australian company, Malthouse Theatre.

Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre is renowned for being one of Australia’s foremost independent theatre-makers, and this year they continue to lead the way with the announcement of Janice Muller as their 2016 Female Director in Residence. Now in its sixth year, the annual position offers a paid opportunity for career development so that female theatre-makers can pursue career objectives through day-to-day activities, independent projects and mentorship opportunities.

“We are thrilled to have Janice Muller joining Malthouse Theatre as a resident director in 2016,” said the Theatre’s Artistic Director, Matthew Lutton. “I have no doubt she will be an integral part of the ongoing artistic conversations at the company throughout the year.”

Muller is no stranger to Malthouse, having curated the successful 2013 production White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, and she enters her new role with a list of significant achievements and credits. Most recently she directed the premiere of new Australian work The Tribe in Surry Hills’ backyards for Belvoir/Urban Theatre Projects, and previous credits include The Country by Martin Crimp, Crave by Sarah Kane and The Piper, which won the 2014 Sydney Theatre Award’s Prize for Best Production for Children.

This year Malthouse Theatre has also started the inaugural IN HOUSE Tower Residency programme, which offers ongoing support for theatre-makers and artists including a fully salaried residency for up to 12 months. This year’s residents include Nicola Gunn, The Rabble, Adena Jacobs (Fraught Outfit) and Samara Hersch, who was the 2015 Female Director in Residence. “Each of these generous foundations enables Malthouse Theatre to continue to nurture inventive, provocative and entertaining new theatre and support independent theatre artists in 2016 and beyond,” said Artistic Director Lutton in an interview with ArtsHub. Also on offer is the recently established fixed initiative, Co.Lab, which pairs together writers and directors for a series of workshops over three months.


The Female Director in Residence programme is made possible by the support of Craig Reeves and Craigmel Investments. For more information about the programme and Malthouse’s 2016 season, click the button below.

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