Iconic indie St Kilda theatre commences redevelopment

Theatre Works RedevelopmentSt Kilda’s iconic performance venue Theatre Works will be enjoyed by audiences for years to come with construction kicking off on a game-changing redevelopment, thanks to the Victorian Government.

Minister for Creative Industries Colin Brooks has joined Member for Albert Park Nina Taylor and the Theatre Works team to tour the site as work that will transform the Acland Street site commences.

“A jewel of St Kilda, Theatre Works has presented quality independent theatre for over four decades, supporting thousands of artists careers, and this project will set it up for the future,” said Minister for Creative Industries, Colin Brooks.

A much-loved Melbourne institution, Theatre Works has presented quality independent productions since 1980, with a proud history as a breeding ground for performing arts talent.

The project will honour the 1914 Parish Hall theatre space’s heritage, replacing and repairing the slate tile roof, while new lighting, sound equipment, stage rigging technology will be installed inside the theatre.

A brand-new dressing room, much-needed rehearsal space and workshop will ensure more creative projects can be held onsite. 

Works at ground level will improve wheelchair accessibility to the theatre and the stage while all site entrances will feature new accessible doors. Landscaping and a new accessible car park will also benefit the outdoor spaces.

“We’re thrilled to see these upgrades begin at Theatre Works thanks to the Allan Labor Government, ensuring that this iconic St Kilda venue continues to be a vibrant hub for independent performing arts, accessible to all members of our community,” said Member for Albert Park, Nina Taylor.

This redevelopment has been supported with $1.1 million from the Labor Government, while Theatre Works also receives multi-year funding through the Government’s Creative Enterprises Program.

“This initiative will support the vibrant independent theatre community in Victoria by providing them with relevant and accessible facilities,” said Theatre Works Executive Director, Dianne Toulson.

The 2024 Theatre Works season will continue throughout the construction period, with the completion expected in early 2025.

For more information about Theatre Works and to explore  the program, visit: www.theatreworks.org.au for details.

Image: Minister for Creative Industries, Colin Brooks MP, Theatre Works Executive Director, Dianne Toulson and Member for Albert Park, Nina Taylor MP – courtesy of Theatre Works