Queer Development Program

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Max Burgess, Queer Nu Werk 2022, Photo by Lexi Laphor
Daley Rangi-Lipstuck-image by Daniel James Grant


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Now in its eleventh year, Performance Space’s Queer Development Program builds and strengthens queer creativity and performance in Australia.

Unique in Australia, the Queer Development Program provides opportunities for queer artists to develop their creative skills, performance ideas and industry connections. Intergenerational and community exchange is at the heart of the Queer Development Program

The Queer Development Program (QDP) has two streams: Stephen Cummins Residency and Queer Workshop Intensive. The Stephen Cummins Residency is a two-week-long residency for queer artists or collectives to make significant progress towards creating a new performance work. The Queer Workshop Intensive is a five-day development program led by experienced facilitators, focused on practical and creative skills for developing queer performance. 

The QDP is open to artists from across Australia from diverse backgrounds and performance disciplines, and some travel support may be available to interstate artists. All participating artists have the opportunity to present work in the Queer Nu Werk showcase.

Key Dates 

Call out opens: Weds 1 March
Call out closes: 5pm Monday 27 March
Artists notified: By early May
Stephen Cummins Residency dates: 26 June - 23 July 2023
Workshop Intensive dates: 10 - 14 July 2023 
Queer Nu Werk dates: Thursday 20 & Friday 21 July 2023 (TBC)

Stephen Cummins Residency
A two-week-long residency for emerging queer artists or collectives to make significant progress towards creating a new performance work. The development process will be overseen and facilitated by an experienced mentor nominated by the artist or with the support of Performance Space.


  • A two-week-long residency at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Erskineville (26 June - 23 July 2023)
  • A budget of up to $5,000 AUD (ex. GST, must include a fee for your nominated mentor)
  • Curatorial support and feedback from Performance Space and PACT staff
  • Up to 20 hours of technical support
  • Mentorship sessions with an experienced queer creative practitioner
  • A facilitated showing and feedback session at the conclusion of the residency
  • Opportunity to attend the Queer Workshop Intensive
  • Opportunity to perform at Queer Nu Werk on Thursday 20 & Friday 21 July 2023 (dates TBC)


Queer Workshop Intensive 2023
A five-day professional development program focused on practical and creative skills for developing queer performance practice. The program will be led by experienced artist facilitators who introduce various methodologies for creating performance in a collaborative environment. The intensive will connect you to an intergenerational community of queer makers and give you the opportunity to present new material to the public as part of Queer Nu Werk

  • A five-day workshop intensive at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Erskineville from Monday 10 - Friday 14 July 2023
  • A series of workshops led by experienced artist facilitators and guest workshop presenters
  • A $500 bursary to support your participation in the program
  • Some travel support bursaries for interstate artists
  • Opportunity to develop a short performance work with time allocated to each artist week commencing 17th July 2023
  • Opportunity to perform at Queer Nu Werk on Thursday 20 & Friday 21 July 2023 (dates TBC)

Queer Nu Werk
The Queer Development program culminates in Queer Nu Werk, Performance Space’s much-loved performance night in which Workshop and Residency artists can present their works-in-progress to a live audience of queer community and allies. Queer Nu Werk is a great opportunity to test your ideas with a supportive audience and round out your experience of QDP with some performance and community magic.


This program is for queer-identifying artists. We encourage submissions from First Nations artists, artists of colour, culturally diverse artists, women, and artists living with disability. Please let us know if you would prefer to apply in a different format or if there is any barrier for you in the submission process.

For further information and enquiries please contact
Zoë Hollyoak, Program Producer: zoe@performancespace.com.au
We will endeavour to answer your questions within 2 business days.

Information surrounding the next QDP will be updated here. To stay up to date with all our Artist Development opportunities subscribe to our e-news and our social channels. Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

Past Artists:

Imbar Amira Nassi aka imbi 
Max Burgess
Ian Ramirez
Andrew Batt-Rawden
Gary Paramanathan
Anastasia Beasley
Ileini (Lay) Kabalan, aka Lay the Mystic
Sarah-Jayde Tracey
Tia Mavanie 
Jacinta Larcombe Stephen Cummins Recipient 
Phil Walford Moogahlin Performing Arts First Nations Scholarship Recipient

Daley Rangi
Cheryn Frost
Bear Baxter
Demon Derriere
Dyan Tai
Justine Youssef
Najée Tannous
Solomon Frank
Rowan Savage
Rachael Perks
Sam Huxtable


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