Pathways for artists

Dealing with rejection, getting started, developing scripts, finding teams, writing grant applications... How do we support artists on the brink of giving up?

As Australia’s cultural sector gets a top-down revamp with the announcement of Creative Australia, it’s important that as an industry we create grassroots pathways for professional development for artists at all points of their career. Here at La Mama Theatre, we are increasingly aware of this yawning gap that creators are crying out to have filled. We were overwhelmed with interest in our 2023 pilot Pathways program, showing not only a need for practical support and development of the work, but a deep longing for community in what can be an isolating vocation. 

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Starting out as a La Mama volunteer in 2006, then working Front of House, Caitlin Dullard went onto roles as Mobile (touring) and Access (community) Producers from 2010. Caitlin was appointed Company Manager/Creative Producer in January 2014, became co-CEO in February 2019, CEO in January 2023 and Artistic Director in April 2023. She has curated La Mama’s Explorations program since 2014 and was Project Manager on the La Mama Rebuild, after the devastating fire of 2018.