Training program for 2022 is on now.

HotHouse Theatre’s Pre-Professional Training Program For Emerging Performers & Theatre-makers.


HotHouse Theatre’s Industry Co:Lab is a Pre-Professional Training Program for emerging artists aged 16 – 24 years.  

Through a slate of skills workshops, laboratory tasks and real-world projects, simulated under professional conditions, Co:Lab participants develop their capacity to deliver arts- based projects independently, using communication, collaboration, critical-thinking and problem-solving through creativity. Transferable skills are developed practically under real-world conditions within a supported environment, which enables and embraces experimentation, failure, reflection and resilience building. Co:Lab is an integrated program of professional development, industry secondments and mentored projects within a professional theatre environment.  

Participants periodically come together in a series of LABS – immersive development intensives designed as a testing ground for theatre making techniques and ideas. These include weekly Tool:Kit skills building sessions, monthly extended laboratories devising creative responses to given tasks, Master:Labs with an industry theatre-maker of significance, culminating in a Pitch to Industry. Co:Lab participants integrate into the life of the company for a year. Alongside their formal acting ensemble program, artists engage in individual career planning, professional observations and develop entrepreneurial business skills for sustainable careers.  

In 2022 the Co:Lab will develop and present a site-specific, devised performance in response to contemporary video art exhibition at the new HYPHEN GALLERY, Wodonga.  

CO:LAB LEAD ARTIST Rachel McNamara  



Co:LAB Artists must commit to a rigorous program across the year from February to early October including: 

TOOL:KIT (Wednesdays 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM) – weekly skills training sessions. Through practical exercises, artists accumulate a toolkit of acting skills, performance modes, devising techniques, theatre-making processes and dramaturgies (structures in the construction of a theatre work).  

Co:LABS (Saturdays 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) – once a month, intensive laboratory sessions. Applying the skills in your Toolkit to collaboratively develop creative responses to given tasks or stimuli. Extended focus given to the process of feedback – learning how to evaluate, express and respond to feedback constructively.  

MASTER:LABS (Intensive x 3) – case study and masterclass from an industry theatre-maker. Co:Lab artists work alongside a master theatre-maker, deconstructing their process, learning new techniques and responding to provocations designed to expand their approaches.  

Co:ALESCE (September-Oct 2022) – Major collaborative theatre-making project (with mentoring) for public presentation, performed at Hyphen Gallery, Wodonga.  

INDUSTRY:LAB – individual mentoring in goal setting, pathways, industry knowledge and business development for sustainable careers. 


The CO:LAB is open to individuals aged 16 – 24 years with an independent arts practice or who are aspiring toward an independent arts practice, primarily in the broad definition of theatre. All artists will develop performance skills but an interest in making theatre is essential. Applicants must live in the Albury-Wodonga region. We welcome submissions from emerging artists across live performance disciplines and forms.  

We encourage submissions from:  

– Emerging, pre-professional and independent artists seeking to pursue a career in the arts. 

– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists 

– Culturally and Linguistically Diverse artists 

– Artists who identify as LGBTQIA+ 

– Artists living with disability 

For further details download the Industry Co:Lab 2022 Guidelines.


To get in contact with us, please email [email protected] or call on (02) 60217433.

Industry Co:Lab is assisted by the New South Wales government, through it’s Stronger Country Communities funding program.