Where are the development programs for women opera directors?

Whereas state theatre companies have taken a proactive role in investing in development programs for women directors and other creatives, opera companies are accused of falling behind.

Australia’s major opera companies need to invest in development programs for emerging women directors, according to the director of an upcoming chamber opera in Melbourne. 

Katy Maudlin, who is directing a new production of Iphis for Lyric Opera at Theatre Works, said the opera equivalent of MTC’s Women in Theatre Program and similar initiatives ‘would make such a difference’ in her field. 

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts