Project status: EOI closed

Performing Arts Reference Group

An exciting transformation is being planned for the Canberra Theatre Centre, aligning with the ACT Government’s ambition for Canberra to be recognised as Australia’s arts capital.

In this, the planning and early design phase, consultation is starting with people in the performing arts sector. We will do this by establishing a Performing Arts Reference Group (PARG).

There will be opportunities for public and stakeholder engagement on this project later in the year.

Thank you to those who submitted their Expression of Interest in joining the PARG. Applications are now closed.

A selection panel will assess the EOI submissions and aims to select around 20 individuals who represent a diverse cross-section of Canberra's performing arts communities.

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The reference group will ensure the performing arts communities have a voice during the project's design phases. The PARG is an advisory body, not a decision-making body.

The PARG will look at different topics such as:

  • the needs of artists from a physical performance and rehearsal space
  • the ancillary operations of the Theatre and its many spaces
  • a refurbishment of the Playhouse
  • adapting the existing Canberra Theatre to become a flexible space able to host a broad range of performances, concerts and events
  • an expanded Courtyard Studio to accommodate a diverse range of activity with flexible seating and open plan theatrical space able to host performances, workshops and open plan creativity
  • inclusivity

The Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct for the PARG have been set and all members must adhere to these. Please take a look at the terms of reference for more information about how the group operates. Operational and administrative matters (such as an agreed meeting day and time) will be addressed at the first PARG meeting scheduled for July 2023.

Next Steps

EOIs will be assessed by the Selection Panel and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in writing in the week commencing 19 June 2023.