From the Desk – January 2020

More doors are opening in 2020, and you are all invited In.


Just a handful of days into 2020 and already the MWT calendar is looking interesting, diverse and purposeful. There are some exciting creative projects on the horizon. The key dates for these can be found on our home page– the smaller dates, incorporating the many incremental deadlines that enable our workshops, shows and writing programs to come to fruition, have already been sent to the people who will help to drive them. Mostly these are MWT members – a vast wealth of talent exists within the MWT membership – but we are increasingly drawing in theatre practitioners and artists from beyond the organisation, people who would like to come In. If you have a specific theatrical skill that you would like to share with us, please send your CV to  Because we do have quite a few projects coming up, and something we like to do at MWT is to cast the opportunities net in such a way that it falls over as many people as possible.

In 2020 we are delighted to be a company-in-residence at Gasworks Arts Park. In this capacity, we will present two shows in association with Gasworks. The first of these is a special show on 5th March for International Women’s Day – The Best and Fairest – Celebration which will lead on to a Season of the same name from 29th July – 8th August. Our Season 2020 of new writing by MWT members will be presented during Melbourne Fringe this year, consisting of a monologues showcase and a short play showcase. From 13th June – 17th September, for the fourth consecutive year, we will deliver the In One Act playwriting program in partnership with the City of Yarra – and weaving in and around this will be our own development program, consisting of monthly workshops that are designed to keep our members up-skilled, upbeat, and up-to-date with developments in the theatre industry. You will also meet a lot of friendly and supportive people at these workshops – the Supper Room at Kensington Town Hall is a nice place to be on a Monday night, so if you can make it there some time, please do. Especially if you’ve been a loyal member of MWT for some time – it’s time we met you.

And if you are currently outside the MWT community but feel you’d like to come In, it’s time we met you as well. We look forward to receiving that CV.



Clare Mendes
Company Manager
Melbourne Writers’ Theatre