Design Associate Program

The Design Associate Program is an annual Resident Artists program for a group of designers. STC acknowledges the underrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) people in the area of theatre design. The Design Associate Program aims to support and develop three artists who are looking to gain hands on experience and mentorship within the theatre context.

The program will be open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and CALD people. We welcome applications from emerging artists, recent graduates as well as established practitioners with industry experience in associated fields (ie. architecture, non-theatre composition, advertising, visual arts etc). The Design Associates will each be offered a paid 12 month position that includes two assistant positions on a main stage production, mentoring from industry professionals, masterclasses and more. The position is part-time and hours will vary across the year depending on the activity being undertaken.

Successful applicants will join a program tailored to their specific design area of interest. The Design Associates will be given the opportunity to work with and learn from skilled staff and industry members as well as have access to resources that will enable participants to hone their theatre design skills and develop their creative voice. The aim is for these designers to become integrated members of the company’s artistic cohort.


For the 2021 intake of participants, we are offering positions in the following areas of design:

Applications are now closed. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in early March.

For any further information about the program, please email dap@sydneytheatre.com.au with any questions or queries.

The Design Associate Program is supported by Mark & Anne Lazberger.