HotHouse Theatre’s Pre-Professional Training Program For Emerging Performers & Theatre-makers
January – October 2021 



HotHouse Theatre’s new INDUSTRY Co:LAB is a Pre-Professional Training Program for emerging artists (aged 16 – 24 years at the time of audition) with an interest in pursuing a career in acting and/or theatre making.
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 that enables and embraces experimentation, failure, reflection and resilience building.  

Co:LAB participants integrate into the life of the company for a year. Alongside their formal program led by industry professionals, artists engage in individual career planning, professional secondments and develop entrepreneurial business skills for sustainable careers. 


Co:LAB Artists must commit to a rigorous program across the year from January – 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 2021) – independent theatre-making project (with mentoring) culminating in a festival of new works with a public presentation.  

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 previous performance experience and an interest in making theatre is essential. Applicants must live in the Albury-Wodonga regionWe 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 a disability

For further details download the Industry Co:Lab 2021 Guidelines.

  • Co:LAB Guidelines and Schedule  (PDF) or (WORD)


EOI Submission deadline: 6:00 PM, Friday 15 January 2021

Auditions held: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Saturday 23 January 2021

Notification for successful applicants:  Monday 25 January 2021

Sessions begin:6:00PM, Friday January 29 2021.

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