Black Swan is a theatre company of national significance,
promoting collaborations of excellence and creating work
with a vibrant hub of collaborators that celebrates and excites our Western Australian communities.
KEY PROGRAM AREAS
Black Swan’s strength lies in artist development and broadening access and engagement with our state-wide community. Over the past five years, we have seen enormous growth in our audiences, built our internal capacity and established a benchmark for quality productions of scale in Western Australia. Looking to our future our three core areas of strategic focus are artist development, education and regional engagement.
Our artist development programs promote Western Australian talent, create stories significant to the Western Australian community and develop new pathways for artists and audiences alike. We are committed to training and developing artists in their early years of practice and working with new and recent graduates as part of our WAAPA BRIDGING PROGRAM, offering them the opportunity to be profiled in our productions to help kick-start their professional careers.
THE BLACK SWAN LAB continues to be a creative melting pot of emerging and established artists, a wonderful mix of old and new wisdom that empowers artists. In 2017, we feature four productions as part of the Lab in the Studio Underground. Supported by the Patrons Club and Wesfarmers Arts.
Supported by our Principal Partner, the RIO TINTO BLACK SWAN COMMISSIONS enable us to commission Australia’s leading playwrights to develop new works that engage meaningfully with Western Australians, and reflect our unique position in the world. In 2017, Hellie Turner’s The Lighthouse Girl received its World Premiere after being commissioned and developed through this program.
Many emerging and mid-career artists across various disciplines from directors, designers, writers, composers and actors are mentored and nurtured within the company, both in productions for the Studio Underground and on the main-stage of the Heath Ledger Theatre. A key focus is the EMERGING WRITERS GROUP, where Western Australian playwrights can apply for year-long for discussion and mentoring with the aim of developing their work. Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.
Black Swan is committed to supporting educators in developing a lifelong love of theatre and inspiring audiences of the future. We are accessible to all school communities with selected performances at the State Theatre Centre, student and teacher workshops, quality teaching resources and in-school experiences that align with the curriculum. Heavily subsidised student priced tickets and school subscription packages are offered in addition to work experience, internships and student ambassador programs. Education program supported by Chevron and Fielman Foundation.
As a state theatre company, Black Swan aims to embed theatre in the lives of all Western Australians regardless of location. Our regional engagement programs seek to support vitality, pride and capacity building in regional and remote WA communities. We engage with our regional communities in multiple ways throughout the year – through the annual live broadcasts from the Heath Ledger Theatre, regional touring and bespoke community engagement activities. Underpinning this strategy is the appointment of regional ambassadors who act as a conduit between the company and their community. Regional Engagement program supported by Chevron, Water Corporation and Thrifty.