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La Mama Emerge 2024

LA MAMA EMERGE is an exciting new program for theatre makers aged 18 – 26 running throughout our 2024 Winter Season as part of La Mama Theatre’s Pathways Program.

Free to attend, Emerge provides young artists with dedicated time and space to make and develop their own work. No previous training is required – all you need is a commitment and openness to meeting new people, learning new skills, and engaging in a creative process.

Emerge will run over 10 weeks with weekly workshops on Saturdays from 20 July to 14 September, culminating in a one week performance season from 16 – 22 September 2024 at the La Mama Courthouse. 

Emerge will be facilitated by guest artists and long-term collaborators Liv Satchell & Xanthe Beesley. Across the ten weeks, Liv and Xanthe will share their individual and shared practices in devising, generative writing, movement, and dramaturgy. They’ll lead participants in theatre making experiments that weave together body and text to create an original performance work. 


Liv Satchell

Liv Satchell is a theatre-maker, writer, dramaturg and facilitator trained at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her practice focuses on building platforms for independent artists to share practice, on new writing development, and on producing original work through her company VIMH. Her recent body of work The Grief Trilogy (I sat and waited but you were gone too longmy sister featherlet bleeding girls lie) was three thematically linked plays exploring transformational encounters between strangers in public space, and was presented as a complete body of work in March 2023 at La Mama Courthouse. She is in the midst of making her mainstage debut at Belvoir Street Theatre with original work Nayika: A Dancing Girl at Belvoir Street Theatre, co-created and co-directed with Nithya Nagarajan. She has been nominated for Best Director four times at the Green Room Awards and both I sat and waited but you were gone too long and let bleeding girls lie won Best New Writing for Independent Theatre.


Xanthe Beesley

Xanthe is a performance maker, movement director and facilitator with a background in theatre and dance. She works to develop community connectedness and build performance projects with actors, makers, dancers, writers, students and non-performers from a wide range of backgrounds. Her practice spans mainstage, independent and student contexts with recent credits including movement direction and consulting for Happy DaysLaurindaTouching the VoidSexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (Melbourne Theatre Company); Emilia: The Play (Essential Theatre/Arts Centre Melbourne); The Grief Trilogy (VIMH/La Mama) and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (UHT). Xanthe is currently the Artistic Director of Union House Theatre where she supports a vast network of emerging artists and students and directs and devises new dance and theatre projects. She has worked with and taught for some of Australia’s leading arts and cultural organisations including the Victorian College of the Arts, La Mama, Melbourne Fringe, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Queensland Theatre and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.


Expressions of Interest for Emerge opens from 1 May 2024 and closes on 31 May 2024, and successful applicants will be notified by 15 June

Watch this space, and do share the news with anyone in this age group who you think may be interested. 

Please send any questions regarding the program to Myf Powell, Development and Pathways Manager at myf@lamama.com.au 


We are grateful to John T Reid Charitable Trusts for their valuable assistance in making this project possible.