Nov 12, 2012

Stars lash ‘flawed’ Melbourne Uni theatre restructure

Staff and students are up in arms about a restructure at Melbourne University's beloved Union House Theatre, where some of the country's brightest names got their start.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

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.

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One thought on “Stars lash ‘flawed’ Melbourne Uni theatre restructure

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Sigh: such happy memories producing and acting in plays in the Union Theatre and upstairs in the rather smaller Guild Theatre!

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