22 Nov 2021


Local independent artists have the opportunity to make their stage vision a reality after applications to the Empire Theatre’s popular Homegrown Independents Program opened today.

The Homegrown Independent’s Program encourages the development and production of new and exciting works, allowing them a space to be seen and presented, and affording the producers expert mentoring and assistance with their event.

Empire Theatres Projects Manager, Jeanette Wedmaier said Homegrown was designed to provide access, support local artists and develop audiences by introducing them to new and adventurous work.

“Homegrown allows experimentation, collaboration and creative freedom, producing high quality results,” Ms Wedmaier said.

“Past Homegrown Independents have gone on to show their work elsewhere, have their work published and tour their performances.

“Mixtape Theatre Collective’s 2012 play Escape from the Breakup Forest toured Queensland and was published by Playlab in 2013, RAVA Productions Charlotte’s Web toured regional Queensland communities following it’s season at the Empire in June 2021 and most recently, You Me Three Clown Co’s The Most Spectacular Cake performed at Wynnum Fringe.”

Ms Wedmaier said all disciplines were encouraged to apply, including cross disciplinary work.

“We want to hear your idea and help you share it with the wider community.”

Applications must be submitted by January 19 close of business to be considered as part of the 2022 Season of events.

The Homegrown Independents Program application form and information sheet is available at www.empiretheatre.com.au.