Griffin Studio


Griffin Studio is the most successful program in Australia for providing artists with pathways to the mainstage. Through a year-long residency with the company, the program establishes clear career pathways for directors, writers and dramaturgs. It’s an invaluable experience for artists to come together to hone their craft, gain vital experience inside a company and develop new work.

In 2017 the Griffin Studio program has evolved to afford one exceptional artist greater involvement in the day-to-day artistic life of the company, providing invaluable vocational training and a pathway to future leadership roles. The new model will also provide the opportunity for six emerging writers to develop new work in a rigorous and theatrically stimulating environment.

2017 Studio Artist: Phil Spencer

Our 2017 Studio Artist is Phil Spencer. Phil is a writer, performer and creative producer. Since graduating from the University of Glasgow, he has worked professionally as a theatre maker and artistic director in the UK and Australia. Phil is co-artistic director of Sydney based Tin Shed Theatre Company and is also a regular contributor to events such as Story Club, ABC’s Radiotonic and the Sydney Writers’ Festival. 


Griffin Scratch

As part of this year’s Studio, we’ve brought together a group of inspired comedy brains, new writers and alternative theatre makers to take part in a week-long residency. At the culmination of this residency, the participating artists will present some of their ideas-in-progress onstage at the Stables in Griffin Scratch. This project is a continuation of Griffin’s commitment to providing opportunities for exceptional, non-traditional writers, with a view to bringing an array of new and alternative Australian voices to our stages. The artists involved in this project are: Nikki Britton, Michael Workman, Caleb Lewis, Jennifer Wong, Henry Stone and Sabrina D’Angelo. 


Griffin Studio Alumni

Since its inception in 2011, the Griffin Studio has seen 26 exceptional artists move through the program. Who are they? Meet them all here.


Support Griffin Studio

Supporting the Studio is a three-year commitment of $5,000 annually, which can be made individually or by a syndicate of donors. Donors follow the development of artists and their work over the course of their residency and beyond. In the seven years since its inception, the Studio program has engaged 32 artists and has led to 18 professional productions. Former Studio Artists have worked at every major theatre in Australia, demonstrating the important contribution of our Studio donors. To find out more, or to arrange a meeting to discuss the Griffin Studio, please contact our Development Manager, Will Harvey, on 9332 1052 or


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