Queer Development Program

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Daley Rangi-Lipstuck-image by Daniel James Grant


2024 Recipients

Stephen Cummins Resident & Wear it Purple Supported Place: Aliyah Knight
Queer Development Program Artists: Dax Carnay, Josh Freedman, Fei Gao, Jamie James, Eric Jiang, Kori Miles, Amelia Jean O'Leary, Micah Rustichelli, Catherine Ryan and Charlie Trier


The Queer Development Program (QDP) is a place to develop your creative skills, performance ideas and industry connections. The program 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 the QDP Showcase (fka Queer Nu Werk).

The QDP is a two week-long professional development program focused on practical and creative skills for queer performance making.

In the first week, participants attend workshops led by experienced artist facilitators and producers including Justin Shoulder & Matthew Stegh, EO Gill, Betty Grumble, Kelly Lovemonster and more, who introduce various methodologies for creating performance in a collaborative environment.

In the second week, they have the opportunity to share their work in public performances, including technical rehearsals and support from our production, curatorial and producing teams.

The QDP is open to artists from diverse backgrounds and performance disciplines, and some travel support may be made available to artists who live outside greater Sydney.

The details:

  • A five-day workshop intensive at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Erskineville from Monday 13 - Friday 17 May 2024
  • A $500 bursary to support your participation in the program
  • Opportunity to apply for a travel bursary for regional or interstate artists
  • Opportunity to develop a short performance work, including tech and plotting time with our production team
  • Opportunity to perform at the QDP Showcase
Stephen Cummins Residency

Artists applying to the QDP can also choose to be considered for the Stephen Cummins Residency, an additional two-week supported residency for one artist or collective within the program.

The Stephen Cummins Residency artist will receive an extended residency period at PACT centre for emerging artists prior to the rest of the program, to help them progress a new work. The development process will be supported and facilitated by a mentor nominated by the artist or identified with the support of Performance Space.

The details:

  • A two-week-long residency at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Erskineville from Monday 29 April - Sunday 12 May 2024
  • A total budget of up to $5,000 AUD (ex. GST)
  • 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 participate in all other QDP activities, including workshops and the QDP Showcase

About Stephen Cummins

'Wear it Purple' Supported Place

Performance Space has teamed up with Wear It Purple to create a designated space in the 2024 Queer Development Program for a queer person 26 years or under. Wear It Purple strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.


Applications for 2024 are now closed

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