The New Working Group is a free-form artist-led consortium based in and working out of Narrm/Melbourne, bringing together a cohort of exceptional writers, directors and designers making high-quality new work for theatre.
The group comes together under a shared commitment to make theatre that is intelligent, diverse, entertaining and pro-risk. We are experienced artists working in and out of other organisations, who return to independence as a place where our work can be ambitious, agile, responsive, generous, and artist-driven. As a group we team up in different combinations and make theatre in different contexts, with the New Working Group as our collective venture towards the greater project of developing our city’s theatre culture for the long-term.
We believe that the central challenge of artistic practice is to create something new. We believe that innovation thrives in independence, and so the New Working Group formed as a flexible structure to support, foster and cultivate creative projects on our own terms.
In joining forces, we hope to:
- champion new local writing
- deepen our city’s independent theatre culture
- foster relationships with new audiences
The Group has a versatile decentralised structure, putting the artist and the art front and centre, while enabling a network of support, discussion and collective action.
The artists work together in different combinations, and also link up with other artists and organisations to deliver exceptional theatre experiences for audiences. We make work with integrity, adventure, and a commitment to local artistic innovation.