Thirteen emerging directors have been chosen for the inaugural CAAP Directors Initiative, a unique partnership program between Contemporary Asian Australian Performance and three state theatre companies – Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company. Established to discover and nurture Asian Australian directors, participants will undertake a two-year program geared towards their professional development.

Melbourne Theatre Company will welcome Ra Chapman, Joe Paradise Lui, Diana Nguyen and Alice Qin as its CAAP directors, while Queensland Theatre have chosen emerging theatre makers Shari Indriani, Nasim Khosravi, Ngoc Phan, Ling-Hsueh Tang and Merlynn Tong. Sydney Theatre Company has meanwhile accepted directors Courtney Stewart, Jennifer Rani, Kenneth Moraleda and Tasnim Hossain into the program. Participants were selected following a week-long workshop in each city.

In their first year, participants will closely observe mainstage productions and attend directing workshops, while the following year sees them receive hands-on directorial training and the chance to further engage with host companies.

“MTC is delighted to be a part of the CAAP Directors Initiative along with our friends at Queensland Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company,” said MTC Artistic Director Brett Sheehy. “Together we will be offering ongoing opportunities to nurture and develop the next generation of Asian Australian directors.”

QT Artistic Director Sam Strong echoed his statements, adding “Queensland Theatre is thrilled to be partnering with CAAP and MTC and STC on a Director’s Initiative. We all share a commitment to nurturing the next generation of artists and to making our companies, stories and audiences representative of contemporary Australian society.”

“Sydney Theatre Company is committed to seeing more diverse stories on our stages and we are proud to be working with QT and MTC on the CAAP Directors Initiative,” said STC Artistic Director Kip Williams. “We are delighted to build on our already strong partnership with CAAP and I’m looking forward to working with these talented emerging directors during their time here at STC.”

CAAP is a Sydney-based organisation committed to developing contemporary Asian Australian work for the stage.

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