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State Umbrella, Resident and R&D

State Theatre Company South Australia is committed to the support and development of local independent artists.

We understand the importance of time, space and resources, and know how these elements contribute significantly to an artist’s ability to execute their work the best way they can. To this end, over the last 5 years, State Theatre has developed three programs to help local artists cultivate their practice: State Umbrella, State Resident and State R&D.


Applications for State Umbrella and State Resident for 2019 have closed. Applications for State R&D are welcome throughout the year. Click below to find out more.


    By Sophia Simmons
    Bakehouse Theatre
    24 October to 9 November

    Each year, State Theatre Company supports the work of one independent theatre company through our Umbrella program. Umbrella gives South Australia’s most talented emerging theatre-makers marketing and technical support, and a platform to showcase their work to State Theatre Company’s diverse and theatre-loving audience: you!

    Mark and Sarah have a one-way ticket to Mars. Their mission: to colonise the planet and live a Martian life, forever. But they are not alone. Winners of a public voting competition, they’re the stars of billionaire entrepreneur Carl Jefferson’s new reality TV show, The Mars Project. Their journey and their every move is being watched by millions of people worldwide, and the cameras will never go away. Maybe the sky isn’t the limit after all.

    Add a ticket to Limit when you bookyour Subscription package and experience the very best of the next generation of South Australian theatre makers.

  • Our Residency program offers financial support and precious development time to two groups of independent theatre-makers every year. It’s one of the many ways we invest in South Australia’s artistic future. In 2019, we welcome:

    Ladylike Theatre Collective will join us to work on Hang In There Baby, a new piece exploring gender identity and queer performance.

    Emerging performance-makers Chiara Gabrielli, Nelya Valamanesh, Cher Tan and Kiara Milera will spend a week in the State Theatre Company rehearsal room developing a new work that explores the experiences of the children of immigrants.

  • Our Research and Development  (R&D) program provides small scale funding for artists to develop the ideas at a project’s infancy. Over the last few years we’ve supported more than 20 South Australian artists as they shift their fantastic scraps of inspiration from their heads and out into reality. Creditors is showing as a part of our 2018 season and started as R&D project.

    This is best suited to a small number of artists looking to crack open a creative idea over a week. R&D support consists of small scale financial support between $500 and $1000 and access to a work space for a short period, subject to availability.

    Enquiries about R & D are welcomed throughout the year by emailing

    If you have any questions please call 8415 5333.