Musical theatre after the pandemic: imagining its future

Five women who are directing or music directing Australian musical theatre productions share their experiences of COVID, its impact on their sector, and how they think the industry might change in the pandemic’s wake.

When the pandemic closed theatres around the world, it created many significant challenges for artists and arts workers. Some people began to reconsider the sustainability of their current practice; others took advantage of ‘the great pause’ to think about the future of the sector, and what a fairer and more equitable arts industry might look like.

Here, five women directors and music directors discuss their experiences of the pandemic upon their careers, from closures to digital pivots and their thoughts about the industry’s future.

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Margot Fenley
About the Author
Margot Fenley trained as an actor at the VCA, Melbourne and has performed for state and independent theatre companies, as well as on television, over the past 30 years. Margot started the music theatre degree programs at the VCA and was Head of Music Theatre from 2012-2019. She continues to work part-time for VCA music theatre as an acting teacher, whilst completing her MFA and pursuing other creative projects.