Performing Arts Development and Touring

The 2021 Producer in Residence offered by Artback NT is a new 12-month internship and mentoring program, designed to cultivate and foster Territory talent by supporting an emerging producer in the performing arts sector. With an acute awareness of the challenges and barriers that lay ahead when breaking into the creative industries, and an awareness of existing local talent, the idea was born.

The aim of the residency, therefore, is to build skills and nurture new talent through the mentorship and guidance supported by Artback NT.

With no age limit applied, applicants were asked to pitch an idea with a live performance outcome using one or a mix of the genres for performing arts  – dance, music or theatre. An important aspect of the application was to be ‘emerging’ within the industry. This stipulation meant the applicant must not have delivered any more than four public outcomes of their work or been engaged to produce an event or show outside of their own initiative.

As well as the in-kind use of Artback NT’s Darwin office resources (including computer and wi-fi) and the ongoing advice and assistance of the Performing Arts Manager, support will also be provided in promoting the work of the producer throughout their residency. Other incentives of the mentorship program include:

  • a budget of $5,000 towards the delivery of the project
  • a producer stipend to the value of $5,000

The creative seed was planted among the local Darwin community and applications received were both innovative and varied and were assessed by a panel of experienced producers.

Applications have closed for the inaugural Producer in Residence. For more information about the program see Producer in Residence Guidelines.

We would like to thank everyone who applied. Your works and ideas are incredibly exciting and please do not stop creating!

The 2021 Producer in Residence is actor, dancer and emerging playwright El Ibo. Her multi artform project aimed at primary to middle school students is underway. Stay tuned as it develops throughout the year.


Evan Saunders

Performing Arts Manager

PO Box 535
Darwin, NT 0801

08 8941 1444