A resident at the Riverside Theatres, The National Theatre of Parramatta (NTofP) launched its operation in 2015. The company aims to reflect multicultural Australia on stage, with particular focus on ethnic and socio-economic diversity. As an arm of Riverside Theatres, NToP commissions, creates, produces, presents and tours work. They are equally committed to capacity building and nurturing talent by providing opportunities for theatre practitioners both on and off stage to develop their craft. NTofP is creating and presenting transformative and inspirational professional theatre experiences that reflect the world around them and the diversity that is Australia. Their tagline – ‘Putting the Nation on Stage’.
The Girgensohn Foundation is supporting a new initiative ‘Staging the World’. This program will focus on a group of selected artists from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities, utilising CaLD international artists who have significant experience, knowledge, networks and profiles that would assist developing artists in Australia forge strong professional careers. One aim is to advance the participants’ understanding of organisational structures around the theatre world and how to navigate these, eg vocabulary, negotiating, how the theatre world operates in different countries, similarities and differences. Another goal is raising visibility of Australian artists.
Additional workshops and talks will be offered to the broader community in order to more broadly share the expertise of guest artists.