Image above by Charlotte Mackie
La Mama's History

La Mama Theatre is nationally and internationally acknowledged as a crucible for cutting edge, contemporary theatre since 1967. Valued by artists and audiences alike, La Mama is treasured for its continued advocacy of those seeking to explore beyond mainstream theatre.

As a non-for-profit association, La Mama is producing work by theatre makers of all backgrounds and encouraging works that deconstruct and critique form, content and social issues. Described by its founder Betty Burstall as “essentially a playwright’s theatre, a place where new ideas, new ways of expression can be tried out, a place were you can hear what people are thinking and feeling”, La Mama is the home of alternative and experimental local theatre. Receiving annually at least two hundreds unsolicited scripts, La Mama leitmotiv is to provide a low financial risk in the face of a high artistic risk framework, by facilitating the production and presentation of shows.

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La Mama's Vision
La Mama is nationally and internationally acknowledged as a crucible for cutting edge, contemporary theatre in Australia. Valued by artists and audiences alike, La Mama is treasured for its continued advocacy for those seeking to explore beyond mainstream theatre; producing work by theatre makers of all backgrounds and encouraging works that explore, deconstruct and critique form, content and social issues. By providing a low financial risk/high artistic risk framework, La Mama facilitates the presentation and ongoing development of contemporary theatre practice in Australia by a diverse range of theatre makers.

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What’s it like at La Mama?

Processed with VSCO with a1 presetCharlotte Mackie:

My time at the beautiful La Mama Theatre was an absolutely wonderful and an incredible experience that i still talk about today. I worked with some of the nicest and most welcoming people that made my work experience week one to remember. Over the 4 days I did a large collection of things. From daily tasks such as picking up the mail, and a more random collection of activities like re-arranging the colourful umbrella’s in the yard, my week was anything but boring. Being a part of the exciting, wild and amazing things that this team does was an experience I will miss dearly. They have inspired me to delve deep into the creative arts not only within school but in the community and to share my passion with an open mind and heart. 21/3/2016. To read more about the experiences of Work Experience Alumni, click here.

 

The La Mama Staff and Board
To see a full list of La Mama staff members, please click here. For information on the board members of La Mama, click here.
Transport Information
HOW TO GET THERE We encourage our lovely audience to come to our performance in a sustainable way. There is plenty of free bike parking in La Mama’s forecourt. Moreover, both venues are also a 5 minutes walk from the Melbourne University Tramstop (Routes: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 64, 67, 72) and a 2 minute walk from the Bus stop (Routes: 200 and 207). Please plan your journey with the Public Transport Journey Planner. The entrance to the office is at the top of the stairs.

Wonderful Work experience in 2016

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Lovely work experience in 2015

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Amazing work experience in 2014