Stars schooled on the boards of the world-renowned Melbourne University Union House Theatre have lined up to slam a proposed restructure of the creative crucible that would lead to five redundancies and their replacement with more junior staff to save cash.

Under controversial changes to the 75-year-old cultural pillar (read the full proposal here), the leading paid roles of artistic director, cultural services manager, head technician, production manager and mechanist stage carpenter would be subsumed by just two advisory positions. While overall funding of about $500,000 a year and one existing role would be maintained, the onus will be on student theatre groups to source their own creative guidance from the industry on a case-by-case basis.