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 work on stage is underpinned by the work that we do oﬀ stage, in the areas of artistic development, education and regional engagement. Each of these programs ensure that we are developing Western Australian artists, engaging with a state-wide audience and enriching the educational experiences of students.
Black Swan’s artistic development programs promote Western Australian artists, create stories significant to the community and develop career pathways for artists. Many emerging and mid-career artists are mentored within the company, across all of our productions in both the Heath Ledger Theatre and Studio Underground.
Our Resident Artists Program provides artists within specific areas of expertise, sustained engagement with Black Swan across the year. Working alongside Artistic Director Clare Watson, these artists develop leadership skills, collaborate on developing future programs and take on key creative positions throughout the season, as well as providing mentoring to emerging artists.
We are committed to developing artists in their early years of practice and employing new graduates from WAAPA, oﬀering them the opportunity to work alongside established artists and help kick-start their professional careers. For many of these graduates, Black Swan gives them their professional debuts.
Black Swan supports new writing through our Emerging Writers Group, where local playwrights can apply for a year-long, intensive support program, with the aim of developing their work. Each year, six new writers are supported through this successful program and the company has given world premieres to a number of the plays that have emerged. We also commission Australia’s leading playwrights to develop new works that engage meaningfully with the Western Australian community and reﬂect our unique position in the world.
As part of our commitment to the WA theatre sector, Black Swan works with small-to medium arts organisations and independent artists, to produce work that promotes collaboration, conversation and a broader sense of community. Underpinning our work in artist development is Black Swan’s Artistic Reference Group, a group of highly experienced individuals, who provide feedback and guidance, in order to promote a sustainable local theatre community.
The Emerging Writers Group is supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.
Black Swan is committed to supporting educators in developing a lifelong love of theatre. We are accessible to both metropolitan and regional 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 tickets and school subscription packages are oﬀered, in addition to work experience, internships and student ambassador programs.
Education program supported by Feilman Foundation, Crown Foundation and Packer Family Foundation.
As a state theatre company, Black Swan aims to embed theatre in the lives of the community of Western Australia, regardless of location. Our regional engagement programs seek to support vitality, pride and capacity building in regional and remote communities. We engage with our regional communities in multiple ways throughout the year – through the annual live broadcasts from the Heath Ledger Theatre, 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 Rio Tinto, Chevron, Water Corporation and Thrifty Car and Truck Rental.